5 Ways to Prevent Digital Overload

May 25, 2017

Digital overload is exactly what it sounds like, an overwhelming flood of information and stimulation from digital devices, and it effects at least 34 per cent of all workers, according to a survey from Microsoft. What’s more, is this near-constant access to digital technology can be stress inducing, which could negatively impact your mental well-being. In fact, work-related stress accounts for 35 per cent of all work-related ill health and 43 per cent of days lost, according to the government’s 2016 Labour Force Survey.

To ensure that you avoid digital overload, considering adopting these five beneficial practices:

  1.  Leave your mobile outside the bedroom at night. According to a survey conducted by Personnel Today, 4 out of 5 people use their mobiles as an alarm clock. This may seem like a harmless practice, but the light emitted by your mobile negatively affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.
  2. Keep your mobile out of reach at home. Keeping your mobile physically out of reach can help you use it less. On average, people spend a third of their day looking at a mobile screen, according to a study conducted by Nottingham Trent University.
  3. Turn off notifications and use ‘flight mode’. Turn off all your mobile’s notifications to make sure you are not disturbed during sleep.
  4. Take physical notes. Instead of reaching for your mobile every time you feel the need to look something up, make a note and then check a number of items once you have a sizeable list.
  5. Practise mindfulness. Try reading a book, going outdoors or interacting with people in person rather than digitally.
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