How to live a healthier tech lifestyle

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We're living in a connected age. There's no doubt this is a tremendous thing, and that technology has the power to bring people together and change lives for the better in wondrous, innovative ways.

Even so, it's important we understand how to unwind and detach from time to time. Staring at screens has become an integral part of our day-to-day routine, and if you're anything like me you probably haven't thought too much about how that's impacting your wellbeing.

Indeed, making some small changes could have a hugely positive effect, so here are some quick and easy tips to help you do exactly that.

Take a break from social

This piece of advice might sound obvious, but be honest, when was the last time you went a day (or even a few hours) without refreshing your social media feed or thumbing through your emails?

It's probably not even something you're doing consciously, either. We're all guilty of whipping out our mobiles when our friends nip to the loo, or quickly firing off some emails over the weekend, but it's time to break that habit.

Turn off your notifications, or if you're feeling really daring, leave your phone at home while you're seeing mates or enjoying some well-earned rest. Out of sight really does mean out of mind.  

Don't be a desk junkie

Whether you work in an office or have your own little study set up at home, it's important you take breaks - and by that, we don't mean sneakily check Facebook or Amazon while the boss isn't looking.

Go for a walk on your break, read a book, or (weather permitting) grab your colleagues and eat lunch outside in the sun. It'll help recharge your batteries and clear your mind, making you better prepared to tackle the rest of the day.

Say goodbye to blue light

If you're someone who works late into the night or finds themselves sifting through social media in the early hours, you might want to say hello to Night Shift.

Night Shift is an inbuilt app for iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks that automatically adjusts the colours of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making the screen easier on your eyes in low-light conditions. The app uses the clock to find out when the sun sets in your location, and automatically adjusts the colour temperate as it goes down. Things will return to normal in the morning, and you won't even notice the change.

Why does that matter? Because blue light can make you less tired at night, disrupting your sleep patterns and making it harder to function during the day. Warmer light colours don't have that effect, making the switch the Night Shift a no-brainer.

Everything in moderation

It’s great that we live in an age where information can be accessed almost instantly, but it's critical to think about what you're reading and watching online.

It's okay to take a break from Twitter or Facebook if you're having a stressful week and your timeline is full of emotionally-charged musings on the latest polarising news story - that's not ignorant, it's sensible. Having no-holds-barred access to information and opinions 24/7 is draining, so remember that stepping away for a while is always an option, and even when you're feeling okay, be aware about what you're consuming and how it might impact your mental health.

Balance is key, but if you're feeling particularly stressed or unmotivated, those hours spent reading news stories or staring at cat videos might have something to do with it. Moderate yourself based on your current headspace, and find a happy balance.

 

Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more here.

 

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