If you take a look around when on the train, stuck in traffic, at a restaurant or even just walking down the street, how many people do you think will have their nose buried in a piece of technology. Smart phones and other devices are easy to get and to operate and keep you connected 24/7 – which makes it even more important to remember to not let technology take over your life! Here are some changes you can make in order to develop a healthier relationship with technology.
Start the Morning off Right
When you first wake up in the morning, don’t reach for that cell phone to see what you’ve missed. No way! Give yourself a 30 minute break from technology in the morning. See, a normal and healthy adult has about a 50% increase of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the 20 to 30 minutes after waking up. While this prepares your body to face the day, so don’t add more to it by checking your phone first thing. Instead, have a healthy breakfast or stretch. Take a nice shower and get ready for the day. Doing something else in your morning routine will set you up for success for the rest of the day!
Sitting in front of a computer all day or hunching over a cell phone or tablet can have a big impact on your health. It can encourage bad posture and just generally bring your health down. So, remember to get up and stretch throughout the course of your workday, and even go so far as to set a reminder on your phone or calendar to remember to do it. You don’t have to go on a hike, just get up and move around for a few minutes!
Give Your Brain a Rest
Today more than ever, brains have to be multi-taskers. They are facing a constant barrage of information, so don’t you think it deserves a break? Mindfulness is a great way to give your brain a little bit of peace. So, take 10 minutes and do a little mediation for your brain on a daily basis. Put away the smart phones, shut off the computer and just…breathe.
It’s important to put away the electronic devices at least an hour before you are ready to go to bed. It turns out that the bright lights and colors of devices prevent your body from releasing melatonin, which you need in order to fall asleep. Everyone knows that sleep is important to health, so go old school and shut off all electronics in plenty of time to wind down and relax at the end of the day.
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