Taking a screen break is key to your health! This is coming from a journalist and blogger who spends hours in front of screens every day. I have a theory that in the next few years we will start seeing our walls turn into screens (yes, like walls in a home). It seems the more technology advances the more screens we see.
This is your reminder: take a screen break!
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It hit me pretty hard a few months into the pandemic when I wasn’t getting enough outdoor time, enough social time or enough time to myself. It was easy to fall into work when cooped up and waiting for the world to get back to “normal.” Only that didn’t happen, and I was finding myself in front of screens more and more – whether it was to work, to blog or the new way to see family and friends.
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During the pandemic we had to move, and through the monotony of packing boxes I slipped outside and stared at a tree. It was huge for its location on Hollywood Boulevard, and I found myself wondering how old was this tree. I noticed its exquisite leaves and its enormous trunk. Immediately, one of my favorite poems came to mind. A poem my grandmother (Nona) taught me as a little girl.
BY JOYCE KILMER
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
So, this is your reminder – while technology can be great – don’t forget to take a screen break (OFTEN) for your health.