Avoid Screen Fatigue and Increase Your Well-Being

Avoid Screen Fatigue and Boost Your Well-Being!

As the world of work becomes increasingly virtual, many of us are at risk of digital overload. Here are our top tips, and 12 FREE resources, to help you to achieve a more balanced approach to the way you work and learn.

And don't worry: Mind Tools will still be here when you return to your screen!

Avoid Screen Fatigue and Boost Your Well-Being!

As the world of work becomes increasingly virtual, many of us are at risk of digital overload. Here are our top tips, and 12 FREE resources, to help you to achieve a more balanced approach to the way you work and learn.

And don't worry: Mind Tools will still be here when you return to your screen!

Screen Fatigue: Are You at Risk?

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If you spend too much time staring at your screen, you can suffer from screen fatigue. This is caused by repetitive eye movement, and can give you blurred sight or double vision.

Screen fatigue is also associated with neck and back pain, headaches, and general exhaustion from “information overload.” So these are all signs that you need to take more breaks from your screen – to explore the other options.

How good are you at recognizing the signs of screen fatigue? Take our five-question quiz to find out!

Screen Fatigue: Are You at Risk?

Digital_Overload-Quiz-landscape

If you spend too much time staring at your screen, you can suffer from screen fatigue. This is caused by repetitive eye movement, and can give you blurred sight or double vision.

Screen fatigue is also associated with neck and back pain, headaches, and general exhaustion from “information overload.” So these are all signs that you need to take more breaks from your screen – to explore the other options.

How good are you at recognizing the signs of screen fatigue? Take our five-question quiz to find out!

Discover 7 Screen-Free Ways to Work and Learn

How much time will you spend staring at a screen today?

For most of us, screens have become essential parts of life – especially during COVID-19. They’re integral to our jobs, give us powerful ways to learn, and offer a range of options for communication, entertainment, and organizing our lives.

But many of us are now in the habit of looking at our computer or phone screen for long periods every day – and that can cause problems.

In this article we’ll outline the benefits of turning away from your screen at times, and explain seven of the best non-screen ways to work and learn – even if you're not back in the office.

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7 Screen-Free Ways to Work and Learn

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How much time will you spend staring at a screen today?

For most of us, screens have become essential parts of life – especially during COVID-19. They’re integral to our jobs, give us powerful ways to learn, and offer a range of options for communication, entertainment, and organizing our lives.

But many of us are now in the habit of looking at our computer or phone screen for long periods every day – and that can cause problems.

In this article we’ll outline the benefits of turning away from your screen at times, and explain seven of the best non-screen ways to work and learn – even if you're not back in the office.

Improve Your Physical & Mental Health While Working

Spending too much time in front of a screen can be bad for your physical and mental health.

Sitting for long periods can cause eyestrain and muscle problems. Computers and phones can also put you at risk of sensory overload, by encouraging you to multitask, and bombarding your brain with too much information. And that can cause irritability, anxiety, loss of focus, and stress.

These resources offer easily actionable advice. They'll get you away from your screen to improve your health!

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Walking Meetings – Meeting on the Move

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11 Ways to Get More Exercise

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Top Tip

Before sending an instant message to someone, why not pick up the phone and talk to them? Or even meet up to chat in person, if you can. Speaking directly is often the easiest way to communicate, and it can help you to develop innovative ideas, too.

Take Your Team Away From the Screen

Sometimes it’s a good idea to get your whole team away from their screens. It can strengthen working relationships, improve collaboration and creativity – and be fun!

And even if you have to connect on screen during COVID, you can still make it a healthier and happier experience for everyone.

The following resources are packed with ideas to try out with your team.

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Team-Building Exercises

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Using Escape Games to Strengthen Your Remote Team

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How to Run Successful Lunch-and-Learn Events

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Planning an
Away Day

"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended with diligence."

Abigail Adams

Find Innovative & Effective Ways to Learn

When you’re more flexible about how and where you work and learn, you can be more efficient – and see things from a different perspective. What’s more, with less screen time, you give your brain new ways to explore and encode information. You can find the types of learning that work best for you. And you keep challenging your brain, which has been shown to boost your thinking and learning.

Use the following resources to figure out how you work and learn best, then put some innovative habits into practice!

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7 Screen-Free Ways to Work and Learn

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Encouraging Learning in the Workplace

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