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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR SCREEN TIME!

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Technology has become a huge part of our lives, as we constantly engage with our computers, phones, tablets, and TV amongst other media formats, you may not realise just how much time you spend looking at your screens!

In fact, research has found that people spend approximately 277 minutes just on their phones alone, every day. This amount of time is easily done since we use our phones for checking emails, messaging friends, uploading content and so much more…

However using your phone, amongst other devices so frequently, is damaging to both our mental and physical health, that’s why you need to reduce your screen time and whilst it may not be easy at first, the benefits from it will be worth it in the long run.

Continue reading and find out how to manage your screen time more effectively and perhaps add this to your new year bucket list…

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IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE…

Did you know that both Apple and Android offer digital wellbeing apps that help monitor the amount of screen time you generate per day?

These are completely free and you can even set daily reminders and restrictions to help control your temptations.

Using an app to track your progress consistently will also help you stay focused on reaching your goal and help you cut down on the devices you use the most.

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TAKE UP SCREEN-FREE ACTIVITIES

People often spend time in front of their screens as it provides stimulation, since when you have nothing else to do, it’s easy to take out your phone and start playing a game or switch the TV on when you get home after a long day.

Instead, why not go for a stroll around your local area or go to the gym? Getting fresh air is a great, healthy alternative and any of these suggestions will help you step away from your screens for a few hours a day.

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TUEN OFF YOUR NOTIFICATIONS

We are often bombarded with notifications and it can be hard to ignore texts, emails, and social media apps.

However, if you turn your notifications for a few hours a day you will check your phone less because your no longer being tempted to find out your latest messages or check new updates.

Consequently, because you think you are not getting these notifications you will naturally start to find other things to do during that time.

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KEEP MEALS MEDIA FREE

Dinner and your favourite tv show sounds like the best evening plan right?  however, eating in front of the TV can do more harm than good.

For example, it lowers your metabolic rate which means your food is being digested slower and fat takes longer to burn. This also links to your body not being able to process how much and what you are eating leading to digestion problems as your body is unable to process the food your eating.

Meal times are a good way to take a break from the technology world, its a nice way to have a talk with your family or even to catch up with some reading. It’s almost like a time for you to destress, so embrace and let your taste buds overwhelm your senses!

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TEAM UP TOGETHER

Reaching goals is always easier when you have support.

For example, having a partner, relative, or friend who also wants to reduce their screen time, will help you stay more motivated and committed to this goal.

Maybe you can consider joining a sports team, reading group or other community focused activity which helps you really connect with your fiends!

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Above all, don’t give up if you are not able to cut off a huge amount of your screen time off all at once, it’s a big part of your daily life and will take some time to get used to.

But if you keep these tips in mind you will eventually find it easier to step away from your devices and spend less time looking at a screen.

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