A screen-free holiday in 2020 may sound crazy, but this year of all years is a good time to re-center and focus on what really matters: your loved ones right in front of you.
A compromise could be that at the beginning of the day you do all your scheduled calls, especially family video calls, and the remainder of the day is just for the people you’re with right now.
But I urge you to try it, and think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Instead of focusing on how inconvenient it will be to lose the screens, focus on the benefits of reclaiming yours or your child’s brain, body and spirit. Screens and electronic gadgets aren’t going anywhere, but time is precious and fleeting—and there’s nothing like the New Year to remind us of this. In our hurried and hectic lives, we should use the holidays as a time to reflect on what we want for us and our children, and stop and let them smell the roses.
The benefits of limiting screentime are numerous including:
- Improved sleep: more time spent in the deep stages of sleep (3 &4); reduced muscle tone during sleep; melatonin (sleep chemical) levels return to normal, which in turn affect serotonin balance (mood and sense of well-being)
- Reduction of neuropsychiatric phenomenon, like tics, seizures (all kinds), and headaches
- Improved blood flow to the frontal lobe and to vital organs
- Decreased time spent in fight-or-flight, and more time spent in healing states
- Brighter, more relaxed mood
- Improved sportsmanship (tolerates losing better, less cheating etc)
- Increased creativity and interest in physical play
- Improved eye contact and verbal conversation
- Enhanced empathy (yes, this can happen after only a couple of weeks!)
- Renewed interest in old activities (legos, models, sports, board games, jewelry making, puzzles, etc, being with family)
Source: Psychology Today
Jersey City Council postpones 5G utility pole installation.
“The Jersey City Council has unanimously tabled an ordinance to approve the upgrade and installation of 72 utility poles which the council says will include 5G technology after members of the public spoke against the ordinance.
Resident and registered nurse Lucille Shah said she was against 5G utility pole installation.
“My children’s bedroom faces the street, and they can potentially be sleeping just a few feet away from a 5G tower,” she said, noting that the World Health Organization has yet to issue an opinion on the possible health impacts of the technology.
She said that several European countries have halted their installation until more studies have been concluded.”
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We’ve been talking about our new book so much lately, we wanted to take a minute to talk about another one we’d recommend: 24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week by Tiffany Shlain.
“I clearly remember the night we took the iPhone plunge in 2007. I tried to convey to Ken why I was worried that smartphones might be a detriments to our relationship. But of course we opened our white Pandora’s boxes from Apple… We could bring our screens with us everywhere, and we did… And like everyone else, we got addicted. Researchers have compared the sense of technological dependency–the feeling that we must be accessible and responsive at any time– to that of drugs and alcohol. It’s all because of the hormone dopamine which is related to mood, attention, and desire. When you find something that feels good, dopamine makes you want more of it. I recently heard the term ‘DIGITAL OBESITY’. Yes, I get it. Too much of anything can be detrimental to your health and well-being…” -Tiffany Shlain
It has been demonstrated that even ELFs (Extremely Low Frequencies) and VLFs (Very Low Frequencies) can:
• Break DNA single and double-strands
• Cause oxidative damage
• Disrupt cell metabolism and communication
• Increase blood-brain barrier permeability
• Reduce melatonin production
• Alter brain glucose metabolism
• Generate stress proteins
• Disrupt voltage-gated calcium channels
This is just to name a few.
In this age of COVID-19, (and other pandemics to follow), doesn’t it make sense to do everything possible not to unnecessarily over-tax our immune systems?
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