Limiting Your Screen Time

When I was twenty-two I got my first accounting job and have been staring at computer screen’s for almost thirty years now.  About 20 years ago I started wearing computer glasses and then the last seven years wearing progressive for both near-sighted and far-sighted correction.  To add to it, I have my smartphone and iPad that I’m looking at when not working in front of the computer. You don’t realize how bad things are until later in life when it all catches up.

Since working from home part-time the last two years, I have limited my computer screen quite a bit, so much that one of my eyes no longer needs astigmatism prescription.  I definitely contribute the correction to both my healthy lifestyle and less screen time.

The last couple of years, I created some ways to help limit my exposure to screens and electromagnetic stress.  One of them is using a blue light filter on my cell phone and iPad. Both are set to dim between 7PM and 6AM.  I do not sit in front of my computer much after 5PM unless I have a deadline to meet with an accounting client.  Even then, I will be done no later than 6:30 in the evening. I used to sit in front of the computer until late at night and then wonder why I was too wound up to get to sleep.

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

A new thing I started since coming back from vacation recently was turning off all notifications on my phone but text.  I have way too many email accounts between my accounting and coaching business and the constant notification sound was quite bothersome.  My phone is not able to have separate notifications for text or email, so I was like Pavlov’s dog every time it went off. Now I just tell people to text or call if it’s important. I also don’t respond to much after 7PM.  Having things like this setup have helped me in so many ways like having more peace since it also created boundaries. Sometimes we need to set boundaries for ourselves!

I’ve always had a hard time falling asleep at night and over the years have learned to have better sleep hygiene, like not having a TV in the bedroom the last seven years.  Staring at screens or having bright lights in the evening will interfere with melatonin production which regulates sleep and wake times. Doing these simple things at least 2 hours before bedtime will greatly help you have better sleep over time.  


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