Set These Technology Boundaries to Boost Your Health

With the continued growth of technology comes many great benefits — connecting with loved ones near and far, accessing information with the click of a button, and improving day-to-day tasks. Unfortunately, it also comes with some downsides. One great way to combat the downsides of technology is to set boundaries with your electronic devices. This can improve your overall health — both mental and physical. Use these tips to formulate boundaries between you and your tech.

 

Only Allow Important Notifications
When you allow any and all notifications, it can be easy to get distracted and sidetracked throughout your day. Everytime your phone rings, vibrates, or lights up, you are likely to pick it up, check out the notification, and then get distracted doing a multitude of other activities on your phone. By only allowing the most important notifications, you know that the notification you are receiving actually demands your attention. Use this to limit the number of times you are distracted by your phone.

Check Your Email at Specified Times
Email is one of the most demanding aspects of technology. Recognize that, in most cases, you will not need to reply to your emails immediately. Instead, plan various times of the day to check your email. Perhaps you check it once when you arrive at work, once before you go to lunch, and a final time before you leave work for the day.

Plan When You Will Avoid Using Technology
Set certain times of the day to set down your phone and turn off your computer and TV. Some good times are right after you wake up, during meals, and one to two hours before bed. By planning the times when you will limit technology access, you are setting boundaries that can help improve your relationship with electronics and your health.

Have Tech-Free Alternatives
Many times we make technology our go-to out of habit. Think about what you can use as an alternative to technology and opt for this instead. For example, instead of taking notes or recording reps on your phone, use a notebook. Or, instead of playing a phone game or watching TV when you are bored, play a card game with your family or read a book.

Leave Your Devices Behind
The best way to set boundaries is to remove the temptation completely. The next time you go to the store, leave your phone at home or in the car and enjoy a tech-free trip. The boundaries you set with your electronics give your mind more freedom for mental recovery and allow you to focus on your health and fitness goals.

Bonus: Have a Tech-Free Challenge
Consider having a challenge or competition in your home to see who can go the longest without touching their electronic devices. This is a fun way to get the entire family involved in setting boundaries for technology and a great way to spend time bonding with other activities!

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