Our new reality has become overwhelming for many. We’re having to balance our kid’s schedules on top of our chores, meals, and jobs all at the same time.
We also have resorted to communicating with others by using video conference calls, phone calls, and emails. This helps us feel less isolated, but we should also keep in mind how much screen time is too much.
If you’re like most people in the U.S., there’s a lot of room for cutting back: The average adult spends close to 11 hours looking at a screen per day and checks their phone every 10 minutes.
Start by scheduling your life as close to your real-time schedule as possible. This will help you keep track of what needs to be done, and when.
For example, your screens will mostly be used when you are working. Try to limit your screen time to when you are doing something productive, rather than just through boredom.
More ways to help you limit your screen time are :
- Be realistic. If you’re spending a lot of time on screens, start by setting smaller, more attainable goals. Instead of jumping right to the recommended one to two hours or less a day, start by cutting your current screen time in half.
- Go outside. Putting the phone down and taking a walk outdoors increases your endorphins and provides that feeling of happiness in your brain, boosting your mood and improving your physical health.
- Create a phone-free zone. Making family meals a phone-free zone is an easy way to start. An added benefit is that eating meals together as a family has been linked to decreased obesity.
- Co-use devices. Engage with or co-use screens with your kids while playing a game, an app or watching something on a screen. As a parent, you’re busy, yet it’s important to take time to interact with your kids when screens are involved.
Anya Kamenetz, NPR News, www.npr.org/2020/04/27/846767505/screen-time-overload-heres-how-to-find-balance
Melissa Pandika, Rally Health, www.rallyhealth.com/health/unexpected-effects-screen-time[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]