Written by Desmore Samios, Public Speaking Coach and Speaker www.desmoremedia.com
Of late I have been finding myself having this conversation more often with both my clients and friends about how to manage screen fatigue. As we are navigating our way through the Covid19 period our communication methods have been adapted drastically to facilitate our new normal. Needless to say we have been spending more time online via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and our social media platforms. As human beings we are wired to connect and gather information via body language, expression, eye contact, the tone of our voices and verbal communication.
Excessive screen time without any face-to-face interaction can leave many feeling mentally and emotionally isolated, alone and craving human connection.
Here are my top 3 tips on how to manage screen fatigue:
- Move as often as possible, step away from your computer screen and go for a walk in nature. Nature has an incredible healing energy that inspires an instant renewal for the mind, body and soul.
- Keep stretching your muscles through Yoga, Pilates and body stretching. Being stationary in one position for a long period of time can affect your posture, neck and shoulders. Not to mention straining your eyes whilst focusing on your screen without giving your eyes a break can result in headaches.
- Do something fun! Try a new hobby, a new recipe, and a new dance or delve into a book you have always wanted to read before bed. When we are attending online meetings, events and online learning courses, we are focused solely on our screen content. Give your eyes, brain and body a break by doing something completely different.
In closing self-care and moving your body is an important element of making sure you prevent screen fatigue and mental exhaustion.