Ok, this one really hits me hard. Not just because I know it applies to me. But, because it applies to most of us.
I was almost late to work the other day. Want to know why? Because I was ready early and sat down on the couch to watch parrot videos. Yup, parrot videos. Do I have a parrot? No. Do I have a special interest in parrots? Not really. But, the internet is junk food for your brain!
Here’s a general breakdown of my “normal” day:
I get up, go out to smoke and either cruise Facebook or read my Kindle.
I go to work. . . where I look at my phone in between staring at a computer screen. This lasts 8-10 hours depending on the time of year.
I come home. The tv is usually on if The Hubby is home first. In between making dinner, eating it and falling asleep I watch tv, look at my phone, work on my laptop and read my Kindle.
So, if you say you don’t get that much screen time, think again. Do you use a computer frequently at work? Do you check Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat on a regular basis? Do you read using a Kindle?
ALL OF THESE THINGS COUNT AS SCREEN TIME!
People, our bodies need time away from the screen! It messes up our sleep schedule. It rewires our brain. But, most of all, it takes away quality time we could be spending on something else!
For instance, we go out to dinner on a fairly regular basis with some dear friends. I try to make it a point to either not bring my phone or leave it in the truck. What I’ve noticed is The Hubby and the friends check their phone (and sometimes even spend a minute or more on it) constantly while we are together. Does that make them bad people? No! They are still the most wonderful people I know. But, it reminds me every time that we feel we have to know everything that is going on in the entire world at all times.
One of the things that I know cause issues with my Bipolar is too much news. Not the news in general, but the bad news. People getting shot, sudden deaths, missing children . . . and politics. So, I try to avoid the news as much as possible. It’s pretty tough when you have a husband who is a weather junkie. But, I try to tune it out as much as possible. Recently that has taken me down the path of trying to read more positive personal posts about my friends on Facebook as opposed to the “news” articles about the negative things. If I’m going to let my brain get eaten by social media, let it be done by the good things in life.
So, my goal for myself for the next week (Rome wasn’t built in a day) is to only check social media feeds twice a day. And to limit that to less than 10 minutes each time. I’ll work on the Kindle thing later. Baby steps you guys!
Peace, Love & Less Blue Light!
Hoosier Barn Chick