“We get so screen focused we lose track of time, lose track of good health habits, lose track of ergonomics and the lines blur between work time and non-work time every day until it’s a never-ending stream of always on."
By Katt Tozier
It’s been said that we spend a third of our lives sleeping, although I’m not sure that’s true nowadays in our 24/7 technology-driven culture.
And we spend a third of our lives working – really more than that by the time we factor in getting ready time, commuting time and work time outside regular office hours.
Between the two, there’s not a lot of time left for living life, it seems.
Work stress sucks up a lot of our time and energy, and if you’re not doing work you love, it’s draining you even more.
And the 24/7 technology-driven culture that’s sucking up some of our sleep time? It’s extending our work time, too. It’s all too easy to “quick check” something or “quick text” someone way past the end of the workday. And it’s equally easy to stay plugged in right through breaks, right through lunch and even before the day starts.
Even if your work isn’t primarily computer oriented, everyone’s putting in screen time – checking email, texting, shopping online, checking a website (yours or a competitors) and more. And that’s not counting all the screen time spent conducting personal business.
We get so screen focused we lose track of time, lose track of good health habits, lose track of ergonomics…and the lines blur between work time and non-work time every day until it’s a never-ending stream of always on.
How can you get back into a healthier balance with your work?
Take a break from the screen and build in some great self-care habits throughout the workday:
Here’s a few other things you can add to the above to help:
Getting started with these tips will move you a long ways toward better work-life balance and help prevent stress and burnout. The more you incorporate, the greater your energy will be – and the less you will feel like you’re missing out on living your life.
Take a moment now to decide where you’ll start and make a commitment to yourself to do it. Your mind and your body will thank you for it!
Katt Tozier is a writer, LifeWork Mentor and host of the Indomitable Women Podcast. She engages in conversations with women about facing adversity, healing, thriving and helping others heal. Her life and her work serve the higher purpose of being a voice in the world to eliminate violence against women and to mitigate the effects of trauma in their lives. IndomitableWomen.org
This article was originally published in the May 2016 edition of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine.
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