Yes. We’ve heard. We should all look away from our screens during the day to give our eyes and our mind a break. But what’s the point? And how to start? And will it even make that big of a difference?! The answer is simple: you’ll start to feel better throughout the day.
Why do we need screen breaks throughout the day?
Physically, breaks give your eyes a chance to recover and rest, reducing both eye strain and the chance of developing tension headaches. Mentally, it’s a chance to regroup and refocus on the task at hand. If your mind is starting to wander, look away from the screen, stand up for a minute or two to, or fidget with your Speks to refocus your energy.
How to start getting in the habit of taking a screen break.
It’s not always easy to start new habits, so setting timers throughout the day is a good way to start. The Wall Street Journal recommends the 20-20-20 rule. This means that every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. When you sit down to start a larger task, set a timer on your phone for 20 minutes and look away!
The benefits of taking a screen break.
- Productivity. By looking away for a few moments, you can refocus your mind and return to the task at hand with more energy.
- Creativity. Give yourself a break so you can come up with new ideas or solutions to what you’re working on.
- Less stress. Breaks will give your mind and body time to destress. Look away from the screen, rest your eyes, and take a moment to breathe.