Many of us are spending more than the usual amount of time looking at a screen lately. “Screen time” can lead to problems like text neck, headaches, and sleep disturbances, but what else can you do while many businesses and entertainment options are still closed? If you do resort to a bit too much screen time, at least take these steps to minimize the health effects.

Adjust the height of the screen. When watching TV or using a desktop computer, make sure the screen is directly in front of your gaze. Avoid postures that require you to tilt your head up or down to view the screen.

Ward off text neck. Speaking of looking down at screens, the habit of gazing downward at a tablet or phone screen has caused an increase in neck stiffness and pain. Hold these devices level in front of you when using them.

Watch your posture. Even when relaxing, posture is important. Sit with your feet planted on the floor and hips level. Avoid bent or slouched positions which can strain your back, neck, shoulders, and hips.

Avoid screen time at night. Turn off all screens at least an hour or two before bedtime, or you could suffer insomnia and other sleep disturbances. A blue light filter can be helpful if you absolutely must use electronics at night.

Get moving. If you’re utilizing a smartphone or tablet for entertainment, investigate the exercise options available online. You might as well fit a yoga session or toning regimen into your schedule. Just remember to follow all of the usual precautions regarding exercise; use proper form, stop if anything hurts, and support your joints with proper shoes when necessary.

If you’re living a more sedentary lifestyle lately, you might notice a few more aches and pains than usual. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your symptoms, and we can make additional recommendations to help you feel your best.