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Giving Up Screen Time: The Challenges and Benefits

By Genevieve Cunningham

We all really love technology. We love the TV. We love computers. And we really, really love our phones. Most of us spend hours and hours behind a screen of some sort. We use the screen to keep us entertained and to treat boredom and to find information. We're just a society that loves screens! But as it turns out, all of that screen time may not be good for our overall health. In fact, it might be downright damaging. If you love spending your time on some sort of device, take a look at why you should consider giving it a break.

Why Is It So Hard?

The harsh truth is that screens are addicting. Screens offer so much stimulation, our eyes and brains get used to the quick changes and constant movement. Before long, we're completely addicted to our favorite device. And when we try to give it up, our brains rebel. It's a lot like taking candy from a baby. We resist giving up something sweet and satisfying. In order to cut back, we must have serious self-discipline and a real desire to make change.

Why Should We Give Up Screen Time?

So why is screen time a problem anyway? Besides being addictive, screen time often promotes inactivity. Instead of being up and active, we're lounging about on a device. And in a more direct way, screen time might be causing headaches, back pain, and neck stiffness. Screens aren't always bad, but when used in excess, they bring more harm to our lives than good.

Tips for Making It Easier

Though it's tough, cutting back on screen time can be done. In order to make it easier, you might try one or more of the following:

  • Cut back slowly - Don't go cold turkey. Cut back a little at a time to get used to the idea.

  • Find a replacement - We often use our devices out of boredom. When you're ready to quit, it's best to find something to take its place. Games, exercise, reading … choose whatever makes you happy.

  • Give a reward - When you meet a goal or cut back a certain amount, take yourself out, buy new clothes, or reward yourself in some way.

Screens and technology can truly be a good thing. But when used inappropriately or excessively, they're nothing but trouble. Use these tips to cut back, and you may find better health and a happier life on the other side.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodstock, Ga.

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