Imagine if one day you woke up and your internet was down, your PC not working and your phone crashed.

Disaster right, you may as well have had your right arm sawn off!

Dr. Andrew Arnold states, ‘more and more, we are dependent on tech to survive in the world.’

And more and more we rely on tech to leverage our products and services and move beyond a TIME FOR MONEY construct.

The down-side is the damaging impact this can have on our health.

If you’re not careful, it is easy to spend hours and hours in front of the PC. Before you realize it, you’ve not eaten properly, hydrated or exercised for days, maybe even weeks. You’re up late, over-stimulating your brains, depleting your melatonin levels (back-lit screens directly reduce your melatonin levels needed for sleep) and becoming a chronic insomniac.

Not good, particularly as you are supposed to portray a wellness leader setting the example!

You will have noticed this trend with your kids I’m sure. Kids are constantly on their IPADS, online, gaming, skyping, school work, music, video, Netflixing…

So what to do.

About a year ago, my daughter, now 12, could see just how absorbed her parents were online and the impact this was having on her and our family. She suggested a new strategy, the no online 9-9 rule. This means no online from 9 pm to 9 am and it’s working. I’m finding I am more productive knowing I’ve got to get things done within these times.

The next rule was actual time online at any one time. 1-hour max then breaks, with a maximum of 3 hours per day. You can modify this over school holidays if you like.

In between PC time, we then implemented activity time. This involved home chores, actual exercise, walking the dog etc. No activity time no PC time, it’s that’s simple.

The fact is PC’s and online is now our way of life so we need to embrace it however, there is always a darker side, and that includes the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle.

About the author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractic Doctor, and Owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.

Category: Stress Management

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