I share my tips on how to reduce screen time and make the most of the time you spend on a screen.
Hello friends! How does he treat you in the morning? We’re at Great Wolf Lodge with some friends and I’m looking forward to a hot yoga class later today. I hope you had a great weekend!
Today, I wanted to talk about screen time. While it’s not something I could ever drastically cut back on (my job would make it a bit difficult), I’ve tried to be conscious of my screen time. We do the same with children. They’re only allowed a set amount of screen time and it’s only after homework is completely done – so some days, that means no screen time at all.
In a world where digital connectivity is ubiquitous, taking intentional breaks from screens has become vital to our overall well-being. A digital detox offers an opportunity to recalibrate, reduce screen time and minimize exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).
Here are some practical tips to be more mindful of your screen time!
Digital detox tips and how to reduce screen time
The impact of digital overload
Our constant exposure to screens, Wi-Fi signals and EMFs can negatively affect our physical and mental health. From eye strain and disturbed sleep patterns to increased stress levels, the consequences of digital overload are immense. A digital detox is a proactive option to regain control of our screen time and create a healthier relationship with technology.
Step 1: Assess your digital habits
Start by assessing your current digital habits. Use your smartphone’s screen time tracking feature or dedicated apps to gain insight into where your time is spent. Identify specific apps or activities that consume a significant portion of your day. This self-awareness is the foundation for a successful digital detox.
Step 2: Set clear boundaries
Setting boundaries is crucial to a successful digital detox. Set specific times when you will disconnect from screens, such as during meals, before bed, or during designated breaks. Communicate your limits with friends and family to ensure understanding and support.
Step 3: Create a screen-free shelter
Designate certain areas in your home as screen-free zones. Bedrooms, dining rooms and relaxation areas should be free of screens to promote better sleep and more meaningful connections. Consider creating a cozy reading nook or designated space for mindful activities.
Step 4: Schedule technology-free breaks
Incorporate regular technology-free breaks into your daily routine. Whether it’s a short walk outside, a coffee break or a few minutes of deep breathing, these breaks provide a mental reset and reduce the cumulative effects of prolonged screen exposure.
Step 5: Unplug before going to sleep
The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt our circadian rhythm, making it harder to fall asleep. Aim to unplug at least an hour before bed. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading a fitness book, doing gentle stretches, or enjoying a warm decaffeinated beverage.
Step 6: Reduce Wi-Fi and EMF exposure
To reduce exposure to Wi-Fi and EMFs, consider the following:
Turn off Wi-Fi at night:
Turn off your Wi-Fi router at night to minimize exposure while you sleep. I disconnect ours before we go to bed every night and you can also use a timer to turn off the WiFi while you sleep.
Use wired connections:
Whenever possible, use wired connections instead of Wi-Fi.
Keep devices at a distance:
Keep a safe distance between yourself and electronic devices, especially during sleep.
Consider EMF protection devices:
Step 7: Participate in Offline Activities
Rediscover the joy of offline activities. Take up a hobby, spend time in nature, or reconnect with activities that don’t involve screens. The richness of these experiences can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable 🙂
A digital detox is a powerful tool for improving your overall well-being by reducing screen time and minimizing exposure to Wi-Fi and electromagnetic fields. By consciously creating space to disconnect, you’ll discover a renewed sense of balance, improved sleep, a happier mood, and a deeper connection to the world around you.
What are some of the things you do to get the most out of your screen time?
Another thing that helps: I try to figure out when I’m using my phone to numb myself, usually out of stress. If I want to scroll, I set a timer and when it goes off, that’s it. I will also put my phone on do not disturb during workouts and while I write.