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Screen Time and Mental Health

Many of you have undoubtedly noticed that my social media presence comes and goes; I'll be posting twice a day for a week or two and then vanish until 2-3 weeks later. There are a number of reasons for this: first, I've been working 2-3 jobs at a time to make ends meet so I have had no mental or physical energy left lately to put towards new instagram photos and blog posts. Second, social media typically has a negative impact on my mood so I try to limit my time on it, and unfortunately, this also means sacrificing followers and interactions.


The best part of my job is the limited amount of time I have to spend looking at a computer screen. For many (if not most) people, the majority of their day is spent in front of their phone and/or computer which has a negative affect on mindset and posture, which is the start of a vicious cycle.


If you're working in a place that requires you to be staring at a screen than I have 2 recommendations:


#1 Replace mindless browsing with learning about something new.

For example, my go to YouTube channel is called Crash Course created by John Green (yes the same John Green that wrote The Fault in Our Stars) and his brother Hank. Their videos are super engaging and enjoyable to watch, and they have just about any subject and topic you could think of; these videos helped get me through a number of midterms and finals throughout my undergraduate degree.


Link here: https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse


#2 Attend some group fitness classes.

By setting aside a few hours a week to attend some group exercise classes, you're building technology free time into your schedule. If you attend 3-5 classes a week, that's equal to about half a workday less in front of your screens, and doing your body a huge favor.


Humans are not built to be sedentary beings, if we were, there would not be so many health issues related to leading sedentary lifestyles and staring at a screen that only shows biased news stories, people advertising the best parts of their life.