Ever get sucked into your Facebook News Feed and have 60 minutes go by before you even look away from your screen or come up for air?
Have you gone on Facebook to message someone or check the date or time of an event and then get lost in your News Feed and forget why you went on there in the first place?
Do you experience numbness and tingling in your arms and hands from holding your phone for extended periods while lying in bed?
Do you have right thumb scroll-itis? or Facebook induced tension headaches?
Well, well, well.... join the majority of the world - more than 2 BILLION people are active on Facebook and you can bet a huge portion of those people have a mild to severe addiction to scrolling through their News Feed. Not to mention there is also 800 million people on Instagram and 330 million on Twitter - I wonder how many of us have multiple scrolling addictions??
Joke's aside, Facebook addiction is a real thing - read this article in the American Journal of Psychiatry for some insight into mental health issues associated with social media usage.
I'll be completely honest with you - I've caught myself scrolling WAY more than I would like to lately and it was time to check myself - and I'm going to encourage YOU to check yourself too.
If you use Google Chrome as your web browser you can install an application that will remind you to stop scrolling - what a genius idea! Just a friendly reminder that real life is not in your News Feed but right in front of you. Check out Kill Newsfeed.
Rescue Time is another cool app that will monitor your social media usage and let you know how much time you are spending on different applications. Turn it on for a week, gather some awareness around your usage and set some goals for the following week to minimize the wasted time.
Different people like different apps, so check this one out too: 6 Apps to Stop Your Smatphone Addition
Enough said about that.
It can be easier to break a habit if you can replace it with something different. I can't think of anything that's more opposite to mindless facebook scrolling than reading a good book (especially one on self development).
So drop what you're doing and order some of these books on Chapters or Amazon NOW!
1 - Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
2 - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
3 - The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
4 - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
5 - The Brain That Changes Itself - Norman Doidge
"Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins." – Jim Rohn
Your computer and phone usage has likely affected your posture and is having a negative impact on your health. Posture is a reflection of brain function and this is what we deal with everyday in our office.
If you have anterior head carriage (your head has shifted forward relative to your shoulders), a "hump" at the base of your neck, head/shoulder tilting to one side, or internally rotated shoulders these are all signs that your posture is failing.
Failing posture may affect you in ways you may feel (neck and back pain, stiffness, headaches, numbness and tingling) but also in ways you have no idea about.
Foam rolling is a great way to unwind some of those tight tissues..
Download our video tutorial on foam rolling to get started on it today.
AND if you notice postural changes like the ones mentioned above in either yourself or your loved ones, we would highly recommend scheduling a Consultation and Neurospinal Examination.