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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Screen Time

1. Eat your meals without a screen

It may be tempting to use your meal breaks as a time to catch up on online news or social media. But by banning the screen during these breaks you’ll not only give your eyes a rest, but you will also likely enjoy your food more.

2. Limit your non-work screen time

Don’t check your work emails or communication channels at home. While in a cutthroat corporate world it feels urgent to stay ahead of the game, constantly checking your work email while at home increases your exposure to the screen and also raises your stress levels.

3. Cut down on computer socializing

The internet gives us thousands of ways to stay in touch with friends and family all over the world. But constant chatting means our eyes are down on our phones and other devices an excessive amount. If possible try and schedule phone calls with distant loved ones and make face-to-face catch-ups with closer relatives.

4. Set a timer

If you enjoy Facebook, Instagram, or community boards try and set a limit on how much time per day you will spend there. The next step is to gradually reduce this, particularly on days where your screen usage is high for other reasons.

5. Ban phone charging from the bedroom

Don’t charge your phone next to your bed as it will tempt you to check for messages or even the time if you wake during the night. Looking at your phone's screen just before bed has been shown to disrupt the sleep patterns of some people too.

6. Take up another hobby for boredom

Many of us turn to Facebook and Instagram feeds to stave off boredom. Next time you have some time to kill or just feel the urge to aimlessly scroll through social media try and pick up a book, do a craft activity or take a walk.

7. Schedule a meeting phone call instead of using a chat

It is easy to get dragged into long online conversations with co-workers that could have been easily resolved with just a short conversation. Try and use the phone or set up face-to-face meetings as an alternative to lengthy screen-based chats.

8. Think of other ways to access information

Instead of always turning to Google for a recipe, home hints, or facts. Take a visit to your local library, phone a friend or look for a book in your own collection that can answer your query.

9. Get your news in a condensed feed

The internet has provided us with a wealth of ways to access news. But trawling through headlines to make sense of the latest events can take time and means hours glued to your device. Try and find a reliable news source you like and subscribe to their daily updates that allow you to quickly scan headlines for things of interest rather than dive into a black hole of information.

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