I Screen, You Screen…

…we ALL screen, to rely on screens! Jeez, those screens! Tv screen, computer screen, ipad/nook/kindle screen, phone screen, so many many screens. Even writing the word “screen” that many times on a screen makes my brain crossed into thinking I spelled it wrong. *uncross*

Most of us work on those screens all day only to come home and spend more time on screens at night. Email, online shopping, blogging, gaming, tv-ing, and of course Facebooking, are just a few examples of how these screens can sneak into our worlds and suck up our time!

The thing about screens is that they are not alive. They don’t have prana. They make us feel tired rather than energized. We might even feel like we have “no time” because time seems to vanish into the abyss of the screen and before we know it, it’s way past bedtime. Friends, screens are vata increasing. They can cause sleep problems, depression, anxiety, evoke a sense of loneliness and low self worth. And, of course, cause eye problems (pitta). We need a break from these things, so unplug each night at least 1 hour before bedtime.

Screens have their purpose, for sure! But they don’t need to trump exercise, healthy eating, healthy sleep, fun hobbies, the outdoors, and time with family. Those are LIFE! Screens are not. So, while we rely on them to get our work done and sometimes it’s fun to watch a good tv show, I encourage you to put down the screen often. It will make time go by slower. You’ll be more present. You’ll have far less FOMO so you can just appreciate what is in front of you and/or who is in the room with you. Just like the good ol’ days! ;) I challenge you to try three evenings in a row with no screens. And I want your feedback!

Most times we are just zoning out–it’s not like we really care what’s on the screen anyway. So, think of all the other things you can do. Some ideas: play music, watch a fireplace, practice yoga, write in your journal about the day, read a magazine or a book, take a bath, go for a walk, swap massages with your mate, search for new recipes, make dinner, prepare lunch for tomorrow, send a card to your grandma, call a friend, snuggle with your dog or cat, massage your tootsies. Look at that! Once the screens are out of the way, there are so many other things you can do to fuel your soul and your LIFE. Let me know when you’re all fueled up, prana-filled, and feeling fresh as the morning dew. Promise! xoxo

4 Responses to I Screen, You Screen…

  1. Hollie says:

    Screen free time begins…. this weekend! Friday after work to Monday morning… no screens. Thank you for a great suggestion.

  2. Diane says:

    What a great idea. I am going to do this. No screens. I’ll let you know how I do. Thanks for the great article

  3. Alex says:

    This is fantastic. Its about time to see a little mindfulness applied to our time in front of the screens. I did a week media fast recently that left me energized and with a powerful stillness.

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