* US adults spend about 10 hours per day looking at a screen
* Too much screen time is bad for your eyes, neck, brain and waistline
* Disconnect from your gadgets with these 6 helpful products
US adults spend between 9 and 11 hours per day looking at a screen. About 80% of adults in the United States own smartphones, and about 94% have at least one TV. On top of that, we spend approximately 24 hours a week online.
The idea of spending most of your waking hours looking at a screen probably seems pretty normal to you, but too much technology time is definitely not a good thing. Some studies show that excess screen time leads to weight gain, poor sleep, vision issues, chronic neck pain and even impaired brain function.
While you probably can’t avoid screen time at work, you can unplug when you get home. It might seem impossible, but here are 6 products that will help you step away from the phone and make real life connections with yourself and others.
1. Unplug: Guided Meditation
The benefits of meditation are undeniable. By shutting off your mind every day, you’ll enjoy natural stress relief, increased productivity and a general feeling of wellbeing. Even celebrities, like Madonna and Eva Mendes, swear by the practice. But if you don’t know where to start, meditation can be difficult to figure out. That’s why we recommend starting with a guided meditation. This app boasts dozens of meditation videos. Simply select the topic of your meditation, your favorite teacher and a duration for your meditation. Then, get to work clearing your mind and the stresses of the day away.
2. “How to Unplug” by Ross Dickinson
When it comes to unplugging from your devices, reading an actual, physical book is a good start. It’s even better if that book is a self-help guide showing you how to start enjoying life without electronics. “How to Unplug: Get Off Your Gadgets And Start Enjoying Real Life” is a collection of ideas and inspiration on how to get more out of life while leaving your gadgets behind. Read it to refresh yourself in this digital age and start making real connections once again.
3. Knock Knock Inner Truth Journal
The cover of this journal says it all, “I Need to Unplug.” Sometimes the best way to recenter ourselves is to spill our hearts. And no, we don’t mean sending Facebook messages to your BFF. Writing in a journal is one way to lay everything out there without actually telling a soul. This Knock Knock Inner Truth Journal is particularly useful if you want to transition from screen time to page time as it includes useful prompts and insightful quotes about technology. The book includes 160 full-color pages as well as a ribbon bookmark for keeping your place.
4. The NoPhone
Are you addicted to your phone? So many of us are so attached that we simply can’t live without that chunk of technology at arm’s reach. If that rings true for you, replace your smartphone with the NoPhone. It doesn’t connect to the internet, it has no capabilities of calling other people and it won’t take a selfie. In actuality, the NoPhone is just a rectangular piece of plastic. But it will give you something to reach for when you just can’t help yourself.
5. Asutra Weighted Silk Eye Pillow
Anxiety and sleeplessness are two things that are rife in our screen-filled world. Luckily, the Asutra Weighted Silk Eye Pillow can help with both of those maladies. The silk eye mask is filled with flax seeds to add weight and lavender buds for a relaxing, sleep-inducing scent. The gentle weight of the mask helps relieve anxiety in a similar way to weighted blankets or other accessories. As an added bonus, this eye mask can be used for natural relief from headaches and as a meditation aide.
6. Cades And Birch Unplug Box
Some restaurants, clubs and parties have placed a ban on phones. Now you can do the same in your home. With the Cades And Birch Unplug Box, you will have a place to put your smartphone when you step in the door. You can also use the box to round up family member’s phones during meal times or at any point throughout the day. This rustic box is made from US pine wood, measures 12 inches by 5 inches by 5 inches and is printed with a reminder to be present.