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Why You Should Ensure There Are No Screens In All The Bedrooms

Why You Should Ensure There Are No Screens In All The Bedrooms

Remember when we surfed the beach instead of surfed the net? Remember when we wrote letters instead of emails? Visited each other’s homes instead of web pages? Rang doorbells instead of Skype calls? Probably not. Well not for the younger generation anyway. Kids these days are spending more and more time in front of the screen, so much that they are in front of a screen from morning until night. So should we draw the line at screens in the bedroom?

The Risks

Kids become cranky, moody and have the potential to develop behavioural disorders from lack of sleep or from screens affecting their sleeping patterns and health. Light emission from technology can be harmful in regulating a child’s circadian rhythm and cognitive ability. And depending on the content that the child is watching before bed it can largely affect the way their mind settles into sleep. On top of this, if the child is not exercising regularly throughout the day and watching screens instead, sleep and routine are again disrupted and can lead to problems with behaviour. Studies have also shown links with obesity and academic performance.

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Actress Kristen Bell made headlines when she announced that the film Frozen (watched by billions of children on repeat) had not been seen by her kids, who were too young for TV. Healthy doses of screen time recommended for children is one-two hours per day. Children under two are not recommended any screen time at all.

Draw the Line

Screens should be limited. Other means of communication should be prioritized in order to benefit mental and physical health and determine a positive standard for our children’s future selves. Without a line in the sand our children are dealing with disrupted sleep patterns, non-stop radioactive waves from our phones, stress from a never-ending attachment to society and unfiltered content, and the potential to become completely and utterly withdrawn from the real world.

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Without limitations and surveillance, our children are spending major amounts of time addicted to the screen world. Without discipline high rates of depression and anxiety become rife as they are disconnected from negative ions, the molecular electrical charges we receive from nature that produce serotonin. It is imperative for our existence that they are around natural things; it is vital for our happiness and well being. And not only is sleep problematic, children will sleep less, and feel encouraged to text into the night and develop unhealthy habits.

Conclusion

We still live in the same world that we did before, even though the digital world is palpable within it. We still currently have the same opportunities to enjoy the world as it was before in terms of nature, human interactions, and health and fitness. We must remember to have the discipline to limit time with the screen, to play tennis outdoors with other people instead of inside on Wii, to open textbooks for our children instead of movies.

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Health and happiness still requires the same things they always have, which is a dedication to the outdoors and to our natural state. We must remain in touch with ourselves and our children through nature in order to be truly fulfilled, healthy and happy.

When our children spend so much time looking down at screens instead of looking up at each other, they lose so much more than we realize. They lose some of the magic of life and active engagement with it, but more so, they lose the education of interaction and connection. We shouldn’t teach our children to hide behind screens, we should teach them the courage and productivity of face-to-face interaction. That is something no text message can convey.

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Last Updated on August 4, 2020

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

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