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How to Cut Your Screen Time in Half

By Genevieve Cunningham

We are definitely a world of ample amounts of screen time. We watch more TV than ever. We spend hours and hours online. We even carry around little screens in our pockets, or more specifically, practically glued to our hands. While there are many benefits to having this quick access to so much information, too much screen time is also being linked to poor mental health, anxiety, excess weight, and many other negative side effects. But cutting back on screen time is tough! If you want to improve your health by limiting your time in front of a screen, take a look at these tips.

Don’t Reach for the Phone First Thing

At this point, I’m pretty sure that most of us do this. As soon as we wake up, we reach over to the nightstand and grab our phones. We are literally starting our day by staring at a screen. Instead of doing this, get out of bed, make your coffee, take a shower, or do your normal routine before you glance at your phone. You’ll cut back on a little screen time, but you’ll also likely begin your day with less stress and a sense of calmness. Try this for a week (the first day might be tough!) and see if it makes your mornings and days just a little bit better.

Make Screen-Free Zones

Some places will simply require the use of a screen, such as work, but not everywhere has to allow screens. Make your kitchen table completely screen-free. Eating? No screens allowed. This not only cuts back on that time online, but it also encourages actual face-to-face conversation. You’ll be improving your health with less screen time as well as by fostering important relationships with those you love.

Learn New Sleeping Habits

Most people in today’s world have some sort of technology on while they’re going to bed. Whether they’re watching their favorite TV program or surfing the net on their phones (or both!), bedtime is now almost synonymous with screen time. To avoid this, force yourself to learn new sleeping habits. Watch TV until a certain time, and then turn it off and learn to fall asleep in the quietness. It might be difficult at first, but over time you’ll likely find your health as well as your quality of sleep improve.

Living with less screen time is a great way to improve both your physical and mental well-being. But it can be quite the transition. Use these tips to help you break the bad habits and limit your time in front of a screen. With a little time and effort, you may be able to use your favorite devices without harming your health in the long run.

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