For one week I decided to put some of the digital health recommendations into practice. I vowed to (1) sit up straight when using the computer and (2) take a 30 minute walk. I found it rather refreshing to take my walk and it made me feel good about returning to work. Sitting up straight was a hard habit to break but when I did it I felt better.
I think that scheduling these reminders on a calendar that you frequently refer to is a proactive means of ensuring balance and well-being. Doing this BEFORE your health suffers is definitely the way to go.
Students and teachers can make sure they get the most from technology while simultaneously safeguarding good health by doing the following:
- Determine your focus. Why are you using this technology? What is your purpose? What do you hope to accomplish?
- Set a limit. Set a time limit on how long you will spend on technology.
- Schedule breaks. If you know you will be using technology for longer than 1 hour, set up breaks so that you can safeguard your health.
I plan to integrate these tips into my own life.