We all know how hours on end staring at a computer, laptop, ipad & iphone screen impact us at the end of the day. In this digital age our workday be it working in a corporate environment/office, in our own business or blogging centre’s around being glued to our screens.
So how does one rejuvenate, revive and avoid screen burnout at the end of the day?
I believe it all starts with taking steps throughout the day and setting up your workspace so that the long-term impacts are decreased. Thus, overtime fewer consequences occur on mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Here are some of my personal tips to surviving your workday and winding down at the end of it.
- Be kind to your eyes. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul therefore be gentle to them and make sure to take breaks away from the screen every 30 minutes. When we stare at our screen for hours we often forget to blink leading to dry sore eyes. Having some lubricating eye drops on your desk and putting them in a few times throughout the day will and can prevent exhausted eyes. Brewing up chamomile tea and allowing the tea bags to cool before placing them on your eyelids also soothes sore eyes as well.
- Now days we are constantly surrounded by EMF (Electric Magnetic Fields). Our homes and workplaces run on WiFi constantly emitting these physical fields produced by electrically charged objects. The long-term concern is that they leave us feeling “wired” ourselves and unable to wind down. I love having a bottle of Electro Essence by Australian Bush Flower Essences by my screen. In fact I have approximately 6 bottles around my house. It helps protect me from feeling drained and flat and reduces the emotional effects of radiation. I replace them once a year ensuring the essences stay active.
- Make a point of not looking at a screen at least 2 hours prior to bedtime. Studies have concluded that light emitted from screens in the evening alters sleepiness and modifies and suppresses melatonin levels (hormone which helps control yoursleep and wake cycles). Studies show comprehensive results supporting the direct impact that reading a printed book verses a light-emitting device on sleep. Hence, go old school and switch to a book before slipping into the land of nod.
- Long hours staring at a screen not only affects your eyes but posture leaving you with sore aching muscles particularly of the neck, shoulders and lower back. Winding down at the end of a workday with a cup of hot cacao is ideal. Raw cacao contains beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, chromium and in particular magnesium that helps ease muscle contraction aiding relaxation. I love to have mine with almond milk, cinnamon and little raw honey or coconut sugar if craving a little sweetness.
- I absolutely love ending my workday with a big mug of herbal tea. Look for blends, which include chamomile, lemonbalm, rose petals, lavender, juniper berries and fennel, all herbs, which aid in restful sleep by calming down the nervous system.
- I love essential oils. Essential oils are volatile and absorbed into the blood system when applied topically. Lavender is soothing easing stress and anxiety. It comforts and sooths the nervous system promoting peace of mind. For that reason is perfect to pop on your pillow at the end of the day or massaged into the temples and/or back of the neck. Roman chamomile is also a fantastic essential oil that can be used in conjunction with lavender as it’s properties are soothing, calming and releasing therefore encouraging serenity at the end of a long tiring day.
Technology is fantastic and allows us to be connected however it can be taxing on our physical and mental health. It’s important to take steps to avoid burnout and therefore allow us to continue doing what we love.