How to reduce Screen time during Coronavirus Pandemic
Limiting screen time in this new normal may seem difficult but with social distancing it is equally important to follow digital distancing as well. Since last year our lives have been upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t even realise how much time of our day is spent in front of screens. In this new normal, work from home, online classes, social media, entertainment, online get together and what not! All these demand us to sit in front of our mobile, laptop screens and excessive screen time can lead to serious health issues. Social distancing is the best way to limit covid but here are plenty of tips to limit your screen time.
Prepare a schedule for your day to limit screen time
Preparing a schedule and planning activities for your day will help you in keeping track of the time you spent online. This will not only limit your screen time but will also improve your time management and productivity. Instead of binge watching entire sessions, try to watch one or two episodes per day. Preparing a schedule alone will not help you. So try hard to stick up to that schedule. Clearly divide your zoom calls or online class hours.
Set limits on your devices to reduce screen time
Mostly mobile phones and other devices have the function of setting a limit. Use that feature in social media apps and other apps which are not that much important. There are settings available in most of the devices that enforce time limits and send you notifications when you exceed the limit. These small reminders will help you become aware of your screen-time usage and help you take steps to reduce that time.
Avoid using mobile phone before going to bed
Using a mobile phone before going to bed has negative effects on your sleep cycle. Setting screens aside for at least two hours before bedtime makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up on time. The “blue light” from TVs and other screens is said to be harmful for eyes and disrupt the natural sleep cycle. So better to make it a rule and don’t use mobile or laptop before going to sleep.
Take break from your mobile devices
Try to take a few minutes break between long work hours. Every half-hour to an hour, take a quick breather. Step outside if possible, or jog around the room for a few minutes. These short breaks will ultimately help you to focus better on your work. Try spending some time with family members and engage in digital detox once a week.
Manage notifications on your devices
Take notice of what kinds of notifications you have enabled. Block notifications from less important apps. Prioritize your work and spend your time accordingly. Do not use mobile or laptop during meals.
Take out some time for yourself
In the busy schedule it is important to take out a few minutes for yourself. During that time, do what you like. You can spend that time reading books, playing with your pet, gardening or taking a walk around your room.
Limiting screen time is important for your physical as well as mental health. Excess screen time may lead to stress in your eye muscles and can increase mental stress. Along with enjoying technology, don’t forget to choose a healthy way for your eyes and limiting your screen time is the right start.