5 ways to avoid digital stress, even if you are in front of a screen all day
Set boundaries and take breaks. “Set specific times during the day when you won’t use digital devices, such as during meals and before bed,” suggests Stroman. Whether for work or pleasure, stick to the 20-20 rule when it comes to looking at a screen. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away to reduce eye strain. Another good rule of thumb? The 50-10 rule: After 50 minutes in front of a screen, take a 10-minute break to move and stretch.
Set up device notifications. Strohman suggests only allowing notifications from apps you absolutely need. “It can help create a more purposeful and mindful relationship with technology,” she says.
Prioritize self-care. Exercise, mindfulness and meditation, sleep, and developing offline relationships will improve your overall health and reduce your stress levels when you have to sit in front of a screen. For those who may be more susceptible to digital stress than others, taking a daily stress reliever supplement can help prevent anxiety and panic from building up. Here is a list of mbg’s favorites.
Practice mindfulness. “Avoid multitasking or mindless scrolling and focus on one task at a time,” says Stroman. This can help make it easier to recognize the signs of digital stress and take a break when you start to feel overwhelmed.
Use blue light filters. “The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt sleep patterns and cause eye strain,” explains Stroman. “Use blue light filters, glasses, or blue light-blocking screens on your devices to reduce the impact of blue light on your eyes and sleep quality.”