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Insta-Fatigue? and Challenge

May 22, 2018

 

This seems to be the conversation of the decade.  So many of us learn about the world and each other through each other's highlight reels. We get to see what people all around the world are doing  at any given moment.  Sounds pretty cool.  But is there a dark side to this?  

I started noticing my slower days at work I would come home even more exhausted than my busy days. My head hurt, my mind was in a fog, my eyes throbbed, and I couldn't think clearly.  This got me to thinking about why this could be happening.  

What is causing my mental fog and exhaustion on days where I barely do anything?  

My answer?  Social media.  

 

 


The days I am slow I found myself scrolling through other people's stories. I admit, It is addicting seeing what everyone else is doing.  Here I was in my normal day to day life, and I am able to see the exciting things everyone else was doing.  Being the dreamer I am, it made it easy to picture myself anywhere else than were I was.   It allowed me to dream and wish. 

I always thought scrolling through Instagram (for example) was a passive experience.  It was something I did when I felt like I needed a break from something else.  

 But now as I look more into it, that actually is not what is going on.  Instead of taking breaks from work to scroll and read stories what I was actually doing is loading my mind with more content.  Each time I read a new picture I was changing my attention and consuming more information and having to process it.  In five minutes on Instagram I could of consumed and processed 10 different stories and deduced my own opinions on them.  When you think about it that is crazy!  Going on social media is fatiguing my brain a lot faster than just finishing the paper or doing the dishes or going for that run.  No wonder I am more exhausted on "slow days" rather than my faster ones.

Not only that, but you feel less accomplished afterwards.  Scrolling through other people's stories does not help create your own story.  

At the end of the day when I look back, I have never been proud of the stories I consumed of other people.  The day's I am proud of are the days where I am an active participant in my life.  I would assume I am not alone in this process.

Furthermore, long screen time not only effects your brain processing and contributes to brain fatigue, but it causes eye fatigue.  When you are looking at a screen for a long period of time the focusing mechanism in your eye is working.  When your eye focuses, a muscle is working, and like with every muscle it gets tired over time.  This can cause a dull ache due to eye fatigue as well.

On top of that, it has been shown that when concentrating on information, a person blinks less.  When you blink less your tears evaporate quicker which increases your eye dryness.  Not only are you getting eye fatigue from muscle strain but you are getting sore eyes from less tears on your eyes.  

 

In a nut shell, when you are on social media it causes eye muscle fatigue, brain processing fatigue and eye dryness which contributes to the feeling of exhaustion at the end of the day.  If you don't think this is happening to you,  just try an experiment.  I want you to feel less exhausted and more ready to tackle your goals.  

Challenge

 

 Begin by going about your normal day.  Start the day with rating your symptoms on a scale of 0-5 on the following Fatiguability scale:

Brain fog 0-5 (5 being worse and 0 being clearheaded)

eye soreness 0-5 (5 being uncomfortable and blinking alot, 0 being no discomfort)

eye aching (behind the eye strain) 0-5

irritability 0-5

Now go throughout your day normally and rate the findings again at the end of the day. 

Now add one more metric:

How productive do I feel? (0-5 with 5 being very productive)

 Have they changed?

Now the next day, do the same thing but avoid social media throughout the day.  

Rank your findings again. 

 

Sign up Here

 

Recap

Here's an easy lay out:

DAY 1:  What are you hoping to change with your end of day fatigue?  What are you wanting to accomplish?

 

Day 2:  Normal routine 

Morning:
Brain fog ____/5

Eye Soreness _____/5

Eye Aches ____/5

Irritability  _____/5

 

Evening:  

Brain fog ____/5

Eye Soreness _____/5

Eye Aches ____/5

Irritability  _____/5

Productivity ____/5

 

 

Day 3: No Instagram or Social media 

Morning:
Brain fog ____/5

Eye Soreness _____/5

Eye Aches ____/5

Irritability  _____/5

 

Evening:  

Brain fog ____/5

Eye Soreness _____/5

Eye Aches ____/5

Irritability  _____/5

Productivity ____/5

 

Let me know about how you are feeling about this!  Do you relate? Are the end of each day miserable?

 

This challenge will be THREE days long.  

 

 

It will begin MAY 29.  

 

 

When you see this and commit to three days that can help you understand your fatigue level a little more begin by letting me know you are doing this challenge and why it is important for YOU to feel better every day.  

 

 

 

@thedryeyeguru #instafatiguechallenge

 

It is just THREE days. 

 

Let me see your results and we will see how much more productive and better you feel every day.  I know I did.  I was able to write this post:)  

 

AND I WILL BE CHOOSING ONE LUCKY WINNER BY RANDOM that will win a Rebecca Minkoff Purse, below!!

 

I can not wait to see your results!! xxxoo

 

 

 

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