Does your job require you to stare at a computer all day long?
If so, it can sometimes feel like you spend your entire week stuck behind a screen; like you spend more time gazing into digital space than you do looking at (and appreciating) the real things around you.
It’s quite a depressing thought. Even more depressing is the long list of side effects associated with too much screen time. Taking the biggest hit is our eyes, which can become sore, strained, red, itchy or watery (hopefully not all at the same time). We can also suffer from headaches, blurred or double vision, and increased sensitivity to light.
All in all, not so good.
Of course, there are things you can do to help prevent such side effects.
Adjusting brightness, using an anti-glare screen, and ensuring the office is sufficiently lit will all help to limit eye strain as much as possible. But, the very best thing you can do is step away from the screen and give your eyes (and brain) a well-earned rest!
Most people can’t help but spend lots of time on a computer, especially when it’s part of their job. But what about before and after work? Do you remain stuck behind a screen during your spare time, idly surfing the web, scanning social media and snapping pics of your dinner? And what about lunch – do you give your eyes a rest, or do you simply move from big screen to small screen, and then back again?
You’ve got to switch off to switch off – it’s as simple as that.
Put your tablet back in your bag, pocket your smartphone, and turn those monitors off. Rather than pinging your colleague an email, speak to them face-to-face; rather than reminiscing over Facebook memories, get out there and make some brand new memories!
If you want to visit somewhere that’s tech-free, somewhere you can’t connect to Wi-Fi but can connect to nature, there’s only one place to go: the forest!
Whether you’re a team leader or simply one of the tribe, why not suggest ditching the devices for the day and swinging through the tree tops at Go Ape instead? Breathe in that fresh, forest air as you unleash your inner Tarzans, climbing, crawling, stepping, swinging and zipping your way through one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses!
Time in the tree tops is good for the soul. It’s mood-lifting, stress-busting and morale-boosting! It’s a chance for you to catch some hang time with your work chums, bonding over a heap of ape-inspired obstacles.
If you swung through the trees on your last visit to Go Ape, you could always embark on a Forest Segway Experience this time around. Roll through the forest with your tribe in tow, weaving in and out of the trees as you try to spot woodland wildlife.
There’s a world of fun and adventure out there, don’t let it pass it you by. Step away from those screens whenever you can, and go experience the real world!