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Published on October 29, 2019

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Ways to Take a Digital Timeout

It is safe to say that most of us are addicted to some form of electronic device – smartphone, tablets, iPads, video games, television and the rest.

Social media and data packages have made it more accessible to have more screen time than ever before, but what effect does this addiction have on our health? 

Electronic device addiction has been linked to mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Device addiction can also be a safety issue, as car accidents have happened due to people not paying attention. 

Here are some ways you can break this addiction:

  • Figure out the triggers and replace the response.
  • Turn off social media notifications while at work or school, or during family time
  • If you are bored, instead of checking social media or emails, take a walk

Out of sight, out of mind

  • Put your device away at times you want to be productive
  • Turn off apps during that day that can cause a distraction

Reward yourself!

  • Create a fund where you can transfer some money each time you are able to limit screen time
  • Rewarding yourself is powerful; create the reward that best suits you

By Debbie Lancto-Well-being Specialist – LiveNow team

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