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Why You Should Take a Little Break From TV

By Genevieve Cunningham

Since the invention of television, men and women everywhere have been sitting around them soaking in the entertainment. As time has gone on, the love for television has only grown. Now, many people have full blown addictions to their screens. We wake up to the news, go to work all day, and then come home to our favorite shows. We rarely go a day without using the TV for one thing or another. If you're among this group, you're definitely in the majority. But is this a healthy approach to TV -- or to life? Maybe not. If you've noticed your use of the TV growing, take a look at these great reasons to take a little break from your entertainment box. 

Screens Can Cause Headaches

Have you ever watched TV all day only to end up with a headache that night? This is actually an extremely common phenomenon. Long-term use of the screen can create significant headaches. These headaches might be temporary for some, and for others they may be chronic. Taking a break from the constant use of the TV can help you determine whether the screen is a part of the problem for you. If your headaches minimize or cease during your break, it might be time to consider cutting back on TV for good.

Screens Can Hurt Your Eyes

It's been proven over and over again that screens are bad for our eyes. They cause us to strain, and if used too often, it can cause permanent damage. As the eyes are damaged, you may notice blurriness, double vision, and even headaches. Give your eyes a rest by cutting back on your screen time for a bit.

TV Can Reduce Motivation

Television was made for entertainment. Unfortunately, we use it for everything. We use it for entertainment. We use it to get the news. We use it for boredom. We use it as a babysitter. We use it for everything! And the more we watch, the more motivation we lose to do anything else. If you've noticed that your desire to do other things is waning, try cutting back on the screen and see if it helps move you in a better direction.

Televisions certainly aren't the enemy. They've brought an entire world right into our living rooms. But we often use them too much, and it's truly harming our health! Cut back from time to time so that your brain and body can rest. You may find that less TV is actually more appealing and incorporate it more regularly into your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Monica, Calif.

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