Your life today most likely revolves around the digital world, and sometimes you may forget to take a break and log off.
The technology you have today makes it easier for you to work from home, have instant access to entertainment, keep up to date with what’s going on in the world, connect with our family and friends, and find an answer to a burning question.
According to 2020 statistics, an average person spends 2 hours and 24 minutes using social media. That includes Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms.
For the past year and more, you’ve probably spent the majority of your time in front of your computer and devices. You may have switched to working from home. However, while it is convenient to not have to commute every day to work, too much screen time can also be detrimental to your health. If you maintain this pace of constantly being in front of your devices, it can lead to long-term consequences.
With all your devices plugged in, there is the pressure to do multiple tasks at the same time. This can lead to a lack of mental clarity, a decrease in focus, as well as mental and physical exhaustion of body and mind.
Online fatigue: Is it time to log off?
If you are like most people, there is a good chance you are glued to your monitor answering emails, writing reports, and doing back-to-back zoom meetings. Excessive use of screen time can strain your eyes sight, worsen your posture, impact your sleep quality, and cause headaches.
Too much exposure to your screens will burn you out. You can still overwork yourself even if you are just working on a computer. Looking at your screen for a prolonged period causes headaches and eye strain. You lose your focus, and you’ll end up doing your task poorly. You can also get emotional fatigue when you feel stress while working on your computer. You feel frustrated and annoyed.
Think about how you feel more stressed out when you are constantly working on your computer or scrolling through your devices. Sitting in front of your computer all day and day after day affects your mental and physical health. Your sleep schedule gets disrupted, you forget to eat meals at a decent time, and your eyes are constantly strained.
Time for a digital detox
To combat this problem, I challenge you to not use your phone or laptop for at least one hour every day for a digital detox.
Use that time to take a walk around your neighbourhood, cook yourself some food while listening to some music, hang out with and talk to those you live with, or read that book that you’ve been putting off. Take your mind off work and social media and relax. Let your mind breathe for a bit, so you can tackle your workload better and more efficiently.
Finding ways to proactively disconnect from a screen throughout your day can help you maintain and regain your energy.
Unplugging yourself from your devices and being online helps create a balance between your real-life activities and “reel life”. You finally get the chance to do projects that you’ve been putting off for months. Being away from your devices also increases your productivity because there are fewer distractions. When you are less stressed, you can accomplish more things on your to-do list!
The beauty of living life offline is that you get to enjoy life without looking at your screen. We tend to compare ourselves to what we see on our social media feed, that we take the things that we have for granted.
If you feel like you are struggling to find the time to practice mindfulness and self-care, consider hiring a coach. We have an amazing community of transformational and life coaches here at The Canadian coach! Sometimes all you need is someone who can guide you and support you along the way.