Of all the seasons, spring is when we are most tired. It’s the time to press pause, disconnect to reconnect, and look after ourselves a little better.
When the days are getting brighter and the weather is getting warmer, why are we so tired?
Firstly, Daylight Saving Time disrupts our sleeping schedules and our bodies are not good at adjusting to these changes. According to Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., an environmental scholar with the National Sleep Foundation, our excess drowsiness in spring is due to the fact that our bodies take time to adjust our sleep-wake cycles to match the new season patterns.
Another reason is the trees. Many of us suffer from pollen allergies, and this could be making you feel more lethargic than usual. Throughout the spring months, trees, grasses, and weeds are releasing pollen into the air to fertilise other plants. Even a mild reaction can kick your immune system into action and release histamines into the blood.
Of course we can carry on as normal and fight it, making ourselves more and more tired until the phase passes. Or we can use it as a time to practice self-care and take a step back, ultimately making us feel more energised and improving our overall productivity. One way we can do this is with a digital detox.
How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? According to the market-research group Nielsen, adults are spending over 11 hours per day interacting with media. That’s up from 9 hours and 32 minutes four years ago. Of those 11 hours, 4 hours and 46 minutes are spent watching television.
Too much screen time can have a negative psychological, social and cultural impact on our lives. Living in a generation of multi-task masters, we are finding it increasingly difficult to sit and focus on one thing. In turn, our productivity levels lower as stress levels sky rocket. Internet use, dependency and forms of addiction are higher than we might like to admit.
A digital detox is one way we can learn to find a healthier balance in our lives as well as alleviate some of the stresses that come with the changes in seasons, making us happier and more productive.
There are many ways to do a digital detox. It has to be realistic for you. You don’t have to run off to the countryside, live in a yurt for a fortnight, and completely cut off from the world, but f you want to then go for it! Here are some other things you can do…
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