Do you spend all day on a computer within your work-place? If so, there is the possibility that it could be detrimental to your mental health.
One particular study carried out by Chiba University in Japan concluded that spending more than 5 hours a day on a computer significantly increases the risk of psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Contributing factors included not taking a break, and a lack of time for social needs such as relaxed conversations.
I’d also add that a ‘stressed body posture’ (head down, hunched shoulders) contributes to the release of the stress hormone cortisol.
Psychology Today reports that too much screen time (consequences of screen addiction) results in grey matter shrinkage and white matter’s ability to communicate within the brain.
If you are spending all day in front of a computer, and then spend a couple of hours trawling the internet at home in the evening, you could be significantly damaging your physical and emotional health.
Knowledge, however, is power.
Knowing the health risks will allow you to re-assess and make changes within your work to minimise negative impact.
To minimise the chances of work-related health problems such as stress and anxiety, follow my top tips below:
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