Instagram Overload_ 6 Steps To Reduce Your Screen Time!
from Adam | November 24, 2020
Social media can be amazing, just like the devices we use to view it. However, spending long periods of time with computers, laptops and tablets can be harmful to our sleep and thus to our general well-being.
For example, excessive screen time can make you more prone to digital eye strain, poor posture, and insomnia. However, there are ways you can reduce screen time and improve your health by following these simple steps.
1. Start monitoring your screen time
There’s a very good chance that you won’t even realize how much time you spend on your devices every day. That’s because it’s really easy to pass the time checking Facebook, texting friends, playing online games, browsing your favorite websites, and watching Netflix.
Before you know it, you have been spending a significant amount of your day on your devices. To counter this, you need to keep track of your time spent in the digital world. The best way to do this is to install a Screen Time app on your smartphone that will keep track of how long you spend on your device. The app even tracks how long you watch TV. You can find and download a free Screen Time app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.
2. Schedule the offline time
Once you’ve figured out how much time you spend online each day, the next step is to plan to spend some time offline. First, choose a block of hours each day to turn off all of your devices. That means no smartphone, computer, laptop, tablet or television. You will spend an hour doing activities in the “real world”.
For example, they can play sports, read a book, try a new recipe, or work on a home improvement project. Once you get used to being an hour away from your devices, choose a second hour during the day to go device free.
3. Practice emotional awareness while online
Many people have mental health problems caused by spending too much time online. Therefore, when you spend time online, you need to become aware of your feelings. For example, if you are angry, depressed, or jealous of others on social media websites, you need a break from the digital world. Failure to do so can create potential fears that affect your overall quality of life, even when you are offline.
4. Do not charge your devices in your bedroom
Millions of users have a habit of charging their devices in their bedrooms. Unfortunately, having your smartphone or tablet this close to your bed makes it tempting to use your device when you can’t sleep.
Using a device when you cannot sleep will make your insomnia worse. Remove the temptation to surf the internet when you can’t sleep by charging your devices outside of your bedroom. That way, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you’ll have a better chance of getting back to sleep.
5. Change your bedtime routine
In addition to charging your phone outside of your bedroom, you’ll need to switch your phones
Bedtime routine when it comes to spending time on your devices. For example, stop using your devices 30 minutes to an hour before you go to bed. Here are some things you can do instead of surfing the internet:
• Read a book or magazine
• Take a bath or shower
6. Get outside more
If you stay indoors a lot, you will be more likely to use your devices. One reason so many people are prone to obesity is because they spend too much time in front of a screen every day instead of being active. Unfortunately, you can’t burn calories while texting or surfing the internet!
Hence, the best way to remove the temptation to lead a sedentary lifestyle is to spend all of your free time online, leaving your home and enjoying some outdoor activities. For example, you might like to jog or just go for a walk to do some sports. Whatever you choose to do outdoors, find activities to keep you active and off your smartphone for a while.
In short, once you know how much time you are spending on your devices and what it means for your emotional psyche, you should start planning to spend some time offline. Find activities around your home that you can do instead of browsing the internet all day. When it’s time for bed, remove your devices from your bedroom to remove the temptation to use them when you’re supposed to sleep. Make sure you get outside more and stop leading such a sedentary lifestyle. As you exercise more, you want to spend less time in front of a screen, which improves your overall health and wellbeing.