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The Dangers of Digital Fatigue, and How to Prioritize Your Mental Health – Health News Today

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Our lived experience, by and large, is now happening with a screen in front of us. As a global society bound by similar tribulations and technologies, we are now getting married, celebrating birthdays and conducting business with the assistance of a device that never seems to leave our peripheral. 

This is clearly not normal, and the potential long-term effects of our digitally globalized planet have yet to be fully explored.

There used to be a clear delineation between work life and home life. But because of a microscopic parasite 10,000 times smaller than a grain of salt, this no longer exists. Due to the nature of remote work, every day can turn into a workday if we let it. We can find ourselves working past lunch, dinner and through the quiet hours of the night, all while dodging the continuous onslaught of daily notifications and reminders via the accessory in our pocket. 

The end of a workday can leave us feeling physically and mentally exhausted, even though we were likely wearing the most comfortable (and professionally accepted) outfit we own while in the coziness of our living space. 

And now, not only do work responsibilities fill up our daily calendar, but when work is at home, so do our kids, our dog, our spouse and all the other to-dos that come with real-life. 

Related: Why Your Mental Health Is the Key to Your Success in Business

This daily feedback loop of information overload runs us the very dangerous risk of digital mental fatigue. 

This digital fatigue can lead to lack of energy, mental clarity, burnout and can cause negative psychological and physical effects to our overall well-being—let alone work output. But this isn’t only about our own mental health. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to notice if a colleague is struggling, as our only mode of communication is during a video conference. 

The CDC recently reported that one-third of Americans have displayed clinical signs of anxiety, depression or both since the pandemic began. Does anybody think we should live in a world where one out of every three people we walk by shows signs of clinical illness? Or is it worth exploring new methods to combat the madness? And how do we find the balance between embracing a digital corporate culture to meet business expectations while nurturing our mental health? Here are TK daily habits to consider adopting. 

Make the time 

Every day is a balance between screen-time and me-time, so we all need to provide ourselves with regular pulse checks. It now takes conscious intention to move away from a digital screen. 

My advice is to schedule mental health-focused breaks and put them in your calendar like a meeting. It’s one thing to take a 15-minute break to mindlessly scroll through your device, but it’s important to give…

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