The Effects Of Screen Life

We are spending more hours before our screens these days. Work, school, worship services and even parties are being done virtually thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you didn’t know yet, all these hours before our electronic gadgets are taking a toll on our bodies and health professionals are concerned. Here are important health tips to implement as you endure yet another ZOOM or Skype meeting:

1. Check Your Work Place and Your Posture

Have you been feeling some pain in your wrists, neck or back lately? They may be related to a number of factors including the way you sit when attending school or working at home. According to the Ergonomics Health Association, there are dangers to sitting incorrectly while doing your work. Take some time to learn how to properly create your work area and what posture you should take when working. Here are some resources to find out how to set up your workstation and the dangers of sitting for long periods:

2. Protect Your Eyes

Digital eye strain is a very real problem in our time. Many of us spend hours on our media devices, binge-watching shows, programs and neglecting proper eye health. There are important things we should be doing to protect our eyes, including the 20-20-20 rule: Take a break once every 20 minutes by looking away from your screens and look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This powerful tip is taken from The Think About Your Eyes campaign (which is a joined partnership between the The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association). Read the rest of their tips below and visit the AOA for more on eye health:

3. Don’t Neglect Your Physicals and Eye Exams

Now that medical centers and hospitals are fully open again, it’s time to consider scheduling your physical exams. If you haven’t had a physical, dental and/or an eye exam in a while, call your doctor to get them set up. While you are doing these, don’t forget to consider getting a mental check-up as well. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so while focus on the others, remember this one as well. Check out the following links below:

We hope these resources have been helpful to you. While we cannot change many things that are going on right now, we do have power over some things so learn how to be proactive about your health and what unhealthy practices we should quit for optimal health.