The lights in the room were switched off as it was way past bedtime. My son and my hubby were fast asleep, it was just me, myself and my phone in my hand. There was a hint of light escaping from my blanket and the light was no light of guidance but the light that was being emanated from my cell phone. I had read about the harmful effects of using the phone in the dark but the shooting pain that arouse from the movement of my neck after using the phone laying down made me just keep the phone away.
There was a funny post the other day that showed the “f” symbol of Facebook being similar to our heads bent down while browsing on our gadgets. The use of various gadgets including our cell phones has become a necessity in this age. We are living almost at the edge of everything, trying to meet deadlines, multi-tasking, reminders for important dates and days, online shopping from groceries, clothes to almost everything.
The word “online shopping” is like a magic spell for us in this fast-paced life of ours. No doubt there are benefits of being tech savvy and using technology for our benefit however we often choose to ignore the side effects technology brings with it.
Technology has forever changed the world we live in. We’re online, in one way or another, all day long. Our phones and computers have become reflections of our personalities, our interests, and our identities. They hold much that is important to us.
I believe and strongly agree that side effects of being a gadget guru exists because I have been a victim to it.
How gadgets can harm us?
We often read and ignore the side effects that the use of gadgets has on our body. It can cause a series of ailments such as low vision, carpel’s tunnel syndrome (a tingling sensation in your fingers), frequent headaches, mood swings etc.
In children the use of gadgets has known to increase their brain wave to a level where it is beyond their understanding or control which makes them hyper and restless. They tend to have a shorter attention period as they are easily distracted plus it increases their tantrums.
Frequent use of gadgets or I would rather say addiction to gadgets makes your body lethargic, in some cases it has been known to lead to social withdrawal of a person. Seldom people are so busy living a life on the social media or competing with digital competitors that they loose interest in the real world!
The corporate world brings with it an array of responsibilities and tasks that have even shorter deadlines to finish them. We are constantly on our computers and laptops trying to juggle between everything.
So here is something you can do to help your body:
STRETCH AND LOOK AWAY
Do not wait for your fingers to go numb and your neck to hurt. Every twenty minutes just take your hands over your shoulders to form the namaste pose and stretch till the count of 30. This helps to stretch your muscles that have been non-stationary while you were busy typing.
Look away from your screen, look to the left and then right. Move your head up and down slowly for about ten times, this releases your neck muscles and reduces the chances of having a headache or feeling dizzy.
TWO LEFT FEET
Two left feet is usually associated with the lack of dancing skills however in this case every few minutes move your feet and your toes to the left and to the right as well. This helps improve your blood circulation. Your feet need to be moved in slow circular motion.
THE CHAIR AND THE EXERCISE
Often, we blame our busy schedules for not being able to exercise. Well someone did think of it and discovered ways to exercise while you are seated in that office chair of yours. You can stretch sideways while being seated, do some breathing exercises while seated. There are a lot of exercises that you do within five minutes. Google will surely help you with it.
PLAN AND PRIORITIZE
We often have a list of things to be done right from the time we wake up until we hit the bed again hence our phone is the first thing we look for when we wake up. It is of utmost importance that we plan, prioritize and organise our list of to do things on a daily or weekly basis depending on the importance of the task.
Everything in the world comes with pros and cons and excess of anything can lead to have serious repercussion. We our always responsible for our health unless there is something that naturally occurs. When people say prevention is better than cure, it certainly is!!
The technology was developed year on year to make our lives easier not complicated. We can always allow ourselves to have a few cheat days when it comes to practicing caution but we need to remember where to draw a line after all everything comes with an expiry date.
Turn off your email; turn off your phone; disconnect from the Internet; figure out a way to set limits so you can concentrate when you need to, and disengage when you need to. Technology is a good servant but a bad master.