12 Healthy Digital Habits for Extended Computer Sessions

12 Healthy Digital Habits for Extended Computer Sessions

Spending hours at your computer?

Our lives are formed by our habits, whether they are healthy or unhealthy.

For those of us who work full-time in the tech sector, our digital habits are of paramount importance, since we’re spending most of our waking hours in front of our computers!

But this isn’t just for full-time tech workers. Most people spend a few extended sessions in front of their computer every week.

How do we make that time healthier?

See which habits speak the most to you and let us know in the comments below!

12 Habits for Extended Computer Sessions

The following are 12 habits that will bring you closer to your Ideal Digital Life.

  • Maintain Good Posture: Sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and your eyes level with the top of your monitor. Consider investing in an ergonomic chair or other accessories that support good posture.
  • Take Regular Breaks: Schedule short breaks throughout your work or study sessions to stretch, walk around, and give your eyes and mind a rest. Stretching is especially important to alleviate muscle tension.
  • Stay Active: Balance sedentary screen time with physical activity. Take breaks to run errands, go for walks, or engage in longer exercise sessions to combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting and keep yourself in shape. (Ouch, I needed this one.)
  • Practice Deep Breathing: Incorporate deep breathing exercises into your daily routine to reduce stress and improve focus. Take slow, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Our breathing can become amazingly shallow during extended sessions on our computers.
  • Use Fidget Tools: Keep small fidget toys or stress balls nearby to fidget with during tasks that require concentration. Engaging in repetitive motions can help alleviate nervous energy and improve focus. (And here we were always told not to fidget.)
  • Use Noise-Canceling Headphones: Block out distracting background noise with noise-canceling headphones, white noise apps, or simple foam earplugs to create a more focused work environment. This will free your mind and allow you to finish your work more quickly.
  • Create a Distraction-Free Workspace: Maintain your designated work or study area and keep it free from clutter and distractions (easier said than done, I know). Get rid of visual and auditory distractions that you find interrupting your concentration.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and maintain optimal cognitive function, which can help improve focus and concentration, again helping you to complete your computer sessions more quickly.
  • Listen to Music: Play instrumental music or nature sounds in the background while working to create a calming environment that promotes focus and concentration.
  • Take Power Naps: If feeling fatigued or mentally drained, take a short power nap (10-20 minutes) to refresh your mind and improve cognitive function.
  • Practice Active Listening: When engaging in digital communication or virtual meetings, practice active listening techniques such as maintaining eye contact and paraphrasing to enhance focus and comprehension. This will also, of course, be a blessing to the person that you are listening to!
  • Practice Gratitude Walks: Take short walks outdoors and focus on appreciating the beauty of nature around you. This can help reduce stress and improve focus.

By integrating these habits into your daily routine, you can improve the quality of your time spent in front of your computer and achieve greater digital health!

What works for you?

Already practicing all of these habits and experiencing the Ideal Digital Life?

Way to go! Tell us more!

Does one (or ALL) of these habits convict you of a need for change?

Join the club! And again, share with the rest of us!

Join our Community today or comment below on the habits that help you the most!

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