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Technology breaks serve as the answer to student burnout

Melissa Hood

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I believe that it is important to occasionally drop all technology and work to take a moment and step outside and appreciate the natural world around you. It is scientifically proven that spending time in nature decreases stress, boosts your immune system, improves mood and increases energy, among other health benefits. Walking around outside also means that you’re getting exercise, which in of itself is a healthy thing for both the body and mind. Especially now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it is good to remember to take advantage of sunny days to allow your body to absorb the positives that natural elements provide.

Sure, technology gives us the opportunity to easily connect with events all over the world and find information within mere seconds, but an overload of technology is ultimately distracting from the beauty and importance of the world around us. Being isolated to technology all the time can harm your ability to connect with the outside world. It is important not only to interact with nature, but to also interact with other humans face-to-face. Everyone has to go outside at some point in their lives, so it helps to have enough practice to properly function in the outside world.

Staying on our phones, sitting at our computers, or watching television for extended periods of time can cause long-term damage to not only your mental capabilities, but takes a toll on your body as well. The brightness and closeness of screens cause eye strain, while extended periods sitting in a certain position can cause your neck, back, head, and even your shoulders to become strained. Taking a break from sitting and facing bright computer screens will help prevent these stresses and injuries to certain parts of your body.

Ultimately, it is essential that everyone, for the sake of their sanity, takes a break from digital gadgets and work and sets aside some of their time to de stress by going outside. Whether its taking a walk around town or campus, or completely immersing yourself in nature, your mind and body will stay healthier further into the future.

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Technology breaks serve as the answer to student burnout