Pureman talks health and why we need to take
time away from cell phones, televisions
(Read Time: 2.5 Minutes)
Have you ever taken the time to learn what exactly the bright screens and addictive qualities of our devices do to us? I’m sure we are all familiar with the blurry vision and tired eyes of too much screen time. But did you know that your health can also suffer? Higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity occur with more screen time as you sit for multiple hours. Sleep is hampered with late night beeping or restless playing on your device, impacting how we function during the day. And believe it or not, you can actually start to feel addicted to your phone; as you fiddle away on social media, collecting those likes and feeling rewarded, your brain is releasing dopamine, your body’s feel good chemical. The reward circuits in your brain can actually change. How scary is that? I’ll be the first to admit that there have been days when I realize I’ve spent way too much time with my nose in a device. But I want that to change. Pureman takes a look at how we can all make that happen.
First things first. Start the day off right and take about 30 minutes or so to wake up, stretch, make coffee, play music...whatever it is that will get you smiling and in a great headspace for a terrific day ahead. Leave your phone alone. It will still be there once you’ve got yourself in order.
Keep it out of reach. If your phone or tablet is in the other room, or locked in a drawer at your work station where the key is put away in your bag, you’re less inclined to go out of your way to check or fiddle.
Go outside. Leave the devices behind. Get coffee with a mate, go for a walk on your lunch break, take a pole dancing class. Whatever floats your boat. Just do it without technological distractions. If you’re driving somewhere and you’re keen to have your phone for emergencies, leave it in the car when you arrive at your destination. Someone nearby will be guaranteed to have a phone if all hell breaks loose.
Just say no. We habitually reach for our phones when we are alone and there is space in time. Space where we may be waiting for your ride or waiting for lunch to heat up. If we find ourselves alone, there is no doubt the majority of us will reach for our phone. Not because there is anything important to check. Just...because. So just say no. Instead, remind yourself you don’t have to. Take those to minutes to breathe, meditate or just appreciate a quiet moment. Keep practicing. It will get easier.
- Lights out. When it’s time to hit the hay, don’t drag your phone or tablet in with you. The bright screens can impact your natural ability to feel sleepy, staving off some of the melatonin you need to feel tired. Reach for a book, count sheep, listen to your rain machine. Sleep soundly.