With technology rapidly evolving these days, we are glued to our devices more than ever. At times, we can spend as much as half the day with our phones and other gadgets—and that’s unhealthy in the long run. Being online for prolonged periods can lead to mental and emotional burnout, and can take a toll on our health. Tech companies like Google give importance to digital wellbeing, incorporating features to ensure that we don’t get glued to much to our gadgets. Here are a few ways on how to maintain a healthy digital lifestyle:
Use Google Assistant to ask questions without touching your gadgets
Through a simple “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”, you can command your devices to answer your usual queries—like asking what is the time or the weather today—or let Google Assistant let you do things for you, like setting a timer or create routines to lessen the occurrences of using your gadget. Most Android devices have this feature, and some smart home products also benefit from this feature.
Keep track of your at-home workouts
Going to the gym is out of the question at least for now, so the majority of us resort to working out at home. Whether you have your own routine or follow a video workout, staying active is important to break the monotony of working remotely and dealing with multiple virtual meetings in a day. With Google Fit, you can keep track of heart points obtained based on the data of your fitness gadgets like smartwatches.
Set time limits for gadget use with your kids
Family time is very important, and that means parents should know how to limit their children’s use of gadgets in a day. Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature lets you set timers as to how long children can use certain apps. Limiting their use of technology is helpful in keeping everyone at home engaged with other activities like having a nice, sumptuous dinner together after a long day.
Remember to detach from work once in a while
While Google’s suite of apps has features that helps you with productivity, it is important to know when to detach from work for a healthy work-life balance. Google Productivity Expert Laura Mae Martin shared some tips on working from home efficiently, and setting boundaries is one of her most important tips. Aside from setting hours for answering emails or attending virtual meetings, Martin adds that it is important to designate places at home that is for working and spots where work is off-limits.
Set a consistent bedtime routine
Sleep is essential in keeping our body healthy, and overdependence with technology can affect our sleep patterns. Fortunately, most gadgets have features like Do Not Disturb to avoid bugging you of notifications at night or Android’s Bedtime mode that enables Do Not Disturb and turns the display into grayscale for a certain time period. These tools should help you avoid using your phone before going to bed. Studies show that being exposed to blue light can have a negative effect on one’s natural sleep cycles by delaying the release of melatonin and increasing alertness. Instead of using your phone before bedtime, you can instead listen to a podcast or read a book.
These digital well-being tips, together with tips on having an efficient work-from-home experience, should help you cope well with the daily grind even as we transition to the new normal.