Why You Might Need a Break From Your Computer
By Genevieve Cunningham
Computers. We love them. Whether it’s a desktop machine in your office, your laptop that you use in your bedroom, or that tiny little computer in your pocket, computers are a part of life. And truthfully, they’re a good part! But what happens when we spend too much time on a screen? It may be damaging your health! If you’re addicted to screens, take a look at these good reasons to give it a break.
For Your Eyes
Staring at a computer -- or a screen of any kind, for that matter -- all day long can be incredibly hard on your eyes. It strains them, making them feel weak and tired. You may notice increasing redness throughout the day, or you may notice that you begin to squint as the day goes on. If this is the case for you, taking a break from staring at a screen can make a big difference.
For Your Neck
Staring at a computer or phone all day makes the neck incredibly sore. If you do this day in and day out for months on end, it can even cause lasting damage. One solution is to adjust your posture while you’re on a device. But limiting your time on the screen may be the better option in the long run.
For Some Movement
When you get comfortable spending mountains of time on a screen, you get used to inactivity really quickly. And inactivity is bad for the body as a whole. It can lead to pain and stiffness, weight gain, and various other declines in health. Stepping away from the screen for a while makes time for movement, whether it’s exercise, a simple walk, or various activities around the house or office.
For More Energy
Many people don’t realize how draining the computer can be. You’re just sitting there, right? Why should you feel tired? It’s because screens of all kinds can really zap your energy. You may feel exhausted by the day’s end, or you might feel like your brain just can’t do anything else. If you need more energy in the everyday moments, you need to make some time for activity and spend less time in front of the laptop.
For Your Mental Health
Too much screen time has been proven to be a detriment to mental health. It makes us avoid activity, and it also leads us to too much social media and comparisons of others’ lives. Getting away from your technological device might make a dent in your mental well-being. Just give it a rest! You’ll probably be surprised at how much better you feel about yourself and your life when less computer time is a part of it.
There’s definitely a time and a place for using a computer. In fact, we’re using these devices more than ever, and in many instances, that’s really a good thing! But using them too much can damage your health. Make some time for yourself away from a screen, and you may see these improvements in your health, leaving you feeling better than you have in years.
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