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By Delta Dental on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

3 ways to step away from screens this spring

Spring has almost sprung! With warmer temperatures arriving and the sun starting to shine a little brighter, it’s a great time to take a break from your screens and incorporate more mindful activities.

screenTaking a break from your screen can help your focus and productivity increase as well as give your eyes a much-needed break. Eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes are all effects from staring at your screen for too long.

When you start to notice a discomfort in your eyes, try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 minute break from the screen but looking at something 20 feet away. The 20-20-20 rule can help protect your eyes and their health, helping you see a difference.

Here are 3 other ways to take a break from the screens this spring: 

1. Implement daily exercise into your routine

Take a break from your screen for an hour to get a brisk walk in to recharge your mind and spirit. You also get the added bonus of some sunshine and Vitamin D. 10-30 minutes of mid-day sunlight will help boost your Vitamin D intake and boost your mood. Vitamin D is also good for your teeth – they are bones after all!

LIVE 5-2-1-0: 1 hour of exercise every day

2. Mindful reading 

Get away from the screen for a while and improve your overall health with reading. When reading, ensure you are in a well-lit space, taking frequent breaks and don’t forget to blink. If your eyes need a break altogether, don’t stop reading – try audio books instead!

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3. Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Spend less time in front of the TV and more time in the kitchen during March to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Incorporate new nutritious snacks and meals for both your dental and overall health. Raw vegetables are like nature's toothbrush and help support dental health. Try adding 3-5 vegetables a day to accompany your dental hygiene routine and increase your well-being. Need a new veggie-packed recipe? Try this meatless sweet potato burger that will crush your cravings while providing needed nutrients.

Blog content provided by Delta Dental of Iowa, a proud supporter of the Healthiest State Initiative and Get Your Bib On.