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Is Your Phone Keeping You Unhealthy?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Who doesn't absolutely love their phone? We all do! We love it so much that it's almost a permanent fixture on our person. We carry it everywhere. We constantly find a reason to use it. But in all seriousness, is this obsession healthy? Or is it possible that our phones are sending our health in a downward spiral? If you constantly use your phone, take a look at why you need to assess your use and your health today.

Is It Causing You to Sit Around?

If your phone consumes you so much that you barely move, your health is definitely suffering. That means that you're probably sitting on the couch or in the bed for hours on end. You're sitting far too much, which raises the risk of major disease and blood clots. You're probably suffering from a sore neck because of the angle of your body. If you're sitting around all day on your phone, you're doing it wrong. Limit your time, and then get up and move more often. 

Is It Zapping Your Motivation?

Being on the phone too much has a way of taking any and all motivation away from us. It makes us a little lazy and rundown. The more we lay around and stare at our phones, the more we want to do just that. If you put your phone down for a while, it will feel hard. You'll be drawn to pick up the phone and stifle the boredom. But if you give it enough time, you'll get used to it and may even find your motivation to do something slowly coming back. 

Does It Harm Mental Health?

Phones are really good for communication and finding information. But they're really bad for mental health. We spend so much time with our heads in a phone, we no longer interact with those around us. We're terribly connected and terribly lonely. If you want to protect your mental health for the long haul, it's important to restrict your phone use to a moderate level, and to be aware when it's becoming too much to handle. 

It's OK to use your phone. In fact, using your phone is expected in today's world. But it's not OK to let your phone all but take over your life. Use it in moderation, and you may find yourself happier and healthier as a result. 

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

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