Week Four Health Tips
We talked about the importance of setting boundaries when it comes to our health in last week's Health Tips. This week, we are going to use the tools we learned to allow ourselves to Unplug. I know, it's a scary thought, but one we need to learn to embrace.
The average time U.S. adults now spend with media (TV, video, internet, phones, etc.) has reached almost 700 minutes a day.* I know if I'm not staring at my computer screen I'm looking at my phone, or thinking about what TV show to watch when I come home. It really is amazing how much we've come to rely on modern day technology, but we need to learn to take a step back for at least ten minutes a day.
The fact of the matter is all the over stimulation isn't doing us any favors. The time we spend stressing out about sending a last minute email, or responding to a text message isn't worth the effects of having a stressed out brain. The more time we spend in front of a screen, the less alert we will find ourselves during the day. The quality of sleep and focus levels are also effected. In short, we need to give our brains a break.
So, every day, try and take ten minutes to unplug. Go on a walk, read a book, or just do every day chores without using modern technology. Go to the grocery store without your phone, or talk to a neighbor you may have not had a chance to catch up with. Note your levels of alertness the longer you stay away from your phone and computer!
*SpaFinder Wellness Week 2012