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Going Screen Free

April 22, 2019

April 29-May 5th is Screen Free Week across the country.  This is a great opportunity to assess our screen time and find ways to use screens less often on a regular basis. Here are a few ways to reduce your screen time.

  1. Change up your bedtime routine.  The blue light from electronics can disrupt our sleep cycles.  Make a resolution to turn off all electronics an hour before bed.  Read an actual paper book or magazine, take a bath, meditate, or work on a puzzle or craft.  There are tons of non-screen options!

2. Get moving.  Sitting in front of a screen can sap our energy and keep us on the couch all night.  Instead of cueing up Netflix after dinner- go for a walk, ride a bike, or go for a swim (as the weather gets nicer). Keep screens off during meals and enjoy your food and company.

3. Use an app. This might seem counterintuitive, but use your phone to help track screen time, and challenge yourself to use it less.  iPhone and Android have Screen Time apps that track your usage and report how you are doing compared to last week.  Be aware and try to beat each week!

Screens can be great and are often necessary, but let’s work to reduce our overall time and live a little more screen free.