Stop excessive screen time & how to deal with it whilst in lockdown
2020 has been rough
For many of us life during lockdown has meant a dramatic increase of screen time. This is not surprising as most people have not been able to get outside for activities like sport, exercise and socializing. So naturally we’re spending more time on streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and YouTube. People are looking to occupy themselves with screens to keep from going crazy with cabin fever. Our screens have definitely kept us connected to loved ones throughout the months of restrictions which has helped tremendously. Live chat platforms such as Skype, Face-time and Zoom have also given many businesses the ability to operate remotely and save countless jobs throughout the pandemic.
Twenty-Twenty has been a year that none of us would have ever imagined, our lives turned upside-down and the world as we know it changed. Lockdown and restrictions have forced us to modify the way we live our day to day.
Being stuck indoors
Unfortunately, the increase of so much more time indoors and on time our screens has taken a toll on our physical and mental health. Throughout the pandemic people are consuming more alcohol and sadly mental health issues like anxiety and depression are on the rise.
Fortunately, there are some small things that we can introduce to our routines that can ease some of the lockdown stresses. Exercise, a stable diet and ensuring you’re getting a good night’s sleep are all things you can do to ensure you’re staying as healthy and happy as possible during these uncertain times. A great read from Psychology Today explains behavioral activation to prevent depression during covid-19, click to read.
Too much screen time
Starting with a good night sleep is the foundation to a happier, healthier you! Considering how much more time people are spending in front of a screen, it’s important to take the steps to ensure the additional screen time isn’t adversely affecting your health. Investing in a good pair of blue light glasses will help project your eyes from excessive exposure to harmful blue light, especially at night. Blue light is not all bad however there has been a lot of research that identifies that too much blue light at night can cause problems with sleep. You can find out a little more on the effects of blue light here.
Furthermore there are some amazing grounding and earthing products that can help naturally reduce stress in the body and become connected to Earth’s natural energy whilst stuck in lockdown or quarantine. Check out some of the latest in earthing and grounding sheets, mats and accessories here.
No one really knows how much longer life is going to continue this way, or when things will go back to ‘normal’ but, what’s more important is that life goes on. Human beings are amazing creatures, we are able to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing environment.
We’re all in this together!!
Written by Sarah Gordon