Instagram Overload_ 6 Steps to Reduce Your Screen Time!

November 24, 2020

By Adam

Social media can be amazing, just like the devices we use to view it. However, spending long periods of time using computers, laptops, and tablets, can be unhealthy to our sleep, and therefore overall wellbeing. 

For example, excessive screen time can make you more prone to digital eye strain, bad posture, and insomnia. There are, however, ways you can reduce your screen time and improve your health by following these simple steps.

1. Start Monitoring Your Screen Time

There’s a very good chance that you don’t even realize how long you spend using your devices each day. That’s because it’s really easy to let time get away from you while you are checking Facebook, texting with friends, playing online games, browsing your favorite websites, and binging on Netflix. 

Before you know it, you’ve spent a considerable amount of your day on your devices. In order to combat this, you need to start tracking your time spent in the digital world. The best way to do that is to install a screen time app on your smartphone that will track how long you spend using your device. The app will even track how long you spend watching TV. You can find and download a free screen time app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.

2. Plan Offline Time

Once you find out how much time you are spending online every day, the next step is planning to spend some time offline. Start by picking a one hour block of time each day to turn off all of your devices. That means no smartphone, computer, laptop, tablet, or TV. You are going to spend one hour doing “real world” activities. 

For example, you could exercise, read a book, try out a new recipe, or work on a home improvement project. Once you get used to spending an hour away from your devices, pick a second hour during the day to go device free. 

3. Practice Emotional Awareness While Online

Many people experience mental health issues that are caused by spending too much time online. Therefore, when you do spend time online, you need to become more self-aware about how you feel. For instance, if you feel angry, depressed, or jealous of others on social media sites, then you need a break from the digital world. Otherwise, you can end up with potential anxiety that will hurt your overall quality of life, even when you are offline.

4. Don’t Charge Your Devices in Your Bedroom

Millions of users have a habit of charging their devices in their bedrooms. Unfortunately, when you keep your smartphone or tablet so close to your bed it’s tempting to start using your device when you can’t sleep. 

Using a device when you can’t sleep will actually make your insomnia worse. Remove the temptation of browsing the internet when you can’t sleep by charging your devices outside of your bedroom. That way, if you do wake up in the middle of the night, you will have a better chance of falling back asleep.

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Source:: Social Media Explorer