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Setting Boundaries With Your Screen Time

Setting Boundaries With Your Screen Time

While you may primarily hear about screen time in relation to children, it's important for adults to also be aware of their screen time. In today's digital world, nearly everything you do requires interaction with a screen. Excess screen time can make a dramatic impact on your health. Keep reading to learn about setting boundaries with your screen time.

First, let's discuss the benefits of limiting your screen time as an adult:

- Quality time with loved ones

- Increase in face-to-face interactions

- Improved social behaviors

- Better physical health

- Higher quality sleep

Limiting your screen time can have immensely positive effects. When setting boundaries, you want to keep balance and moderation in mind. You cannot go fully cold turkey and refuse to use any screen devices - you will close yourself off completely in today's digital age. However, lowering unnecessary usage can have a dramatic positive impact on your health.

Keep Track Of Your Screen Time

When utilizing screens outside of work and school, keep track of your screen time and set timers. On most devices, you can set screen time functions that let you see your daily and weekly usage and then set usage limits for different apps. When you set a limit, you'll get a notification that your time is up. Being aware of how much time you spend on your devices allows you to replace any unnecessary usage with non-screen activities.

Turn Off Unnecessary Notifications

Many of the notifications you receive from apps do not require immediate attention. After receiving notification after notification, you're encouraged to look into this notification further. As you get notifications throughout the day, you will become more distracted and less focused on your objectives for the day. By silencing these notifications or utilizing "Do Not Disturb", you're able to keep your focus without unnecessary interruptions.

Take Breaks

Especially if you work primarily on a computer, aim to take breaks at least every 30 minutes. On these breaks, get up, walk around, and stretch. Sitting in a chair can strain your back and neck so taking a few minutes to stretch will keep your muscles loose.

Don't Eat In Front Of Screens

You're more likely to eat more if you are focused on a screen instead of focusing on your eating. Aim to designate specific mealtimes without watching TV. A great alternative is to spend mealtime with family or friends. Also, keep snacks away from your entertainment areas to avoid excess eating.

Stop Using Screens Before Bed

Screens emit light that will make it difficult for your brain to be ready to fall asleep and stay asleep. Try to avoid using any type of screen device an hour before bed. Even better would be to keep all screen devices out of your bedroom, including TVs.

Excessive screen usage can be extremely damaging to your health. By setting boundaries with your screen time, you'll be able to improve your health and well-being.

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