Digital Health & Wellness


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Digital Health & Wellness

  1. 1. Digital Health & Wellness Physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world
  2. 2. What IS Digital Health & Wellness ? <ul><li>. It is a word used to describe the mental and physical well-being when using the internet. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Internet addiction <ul><li>Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use, is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life. These terms avoid the distracting and divisive term addiction and are not limited to any single cause. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 5. 11 Signs of internet Addiction <ul><li>(1) Heightened Euphoria </li></ul><ul><li>(2)Spending MORE and MORE time on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>(3) Failure to control behavior </li></ul><ul><li>(4) Neglecting family & friends </li></ul><ul><li>(5) Withdrawal from other activities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>………… </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Continued .. <ul><li>(6) Lying about your usage </li></ul><ul><li>(7) Interference with job and school </li></ul><ul><li>(8) Crave more time /Restless when away </li></ul><ul><li>(9) Feeling guilty or ashamed </li></ul><ul><li>(10) A change in your sleep pattern </li></ul><ul><li>(11) Weight change / backaches / headaches/ carpal tunnel </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 8. Ergonomics ! <ul><li>The science of obtaining a correct match between the human body, work-related tasks, and work tools. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 9. Avoiding Carpel Tunnel <ul><li>1. Set up your work space with adjustable screens, keyboards and work surfaces to eliminate extra strain to the wrists and hands. Position your keyboard so that it is at elbow level. Your forearms, wrists and hands should be in a straight line parallel to the floor as you type. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Use a wrist pad with your keyboard. A wrist pad is a cushioned support that rests under your wrists, runs the length of your keyboard and takes the stress off your wrists by raising them to the level of the keyboard. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>…… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Continued .. <ul><li>3. Take short breaks every hour at work. During your break, stand up, breathe in slowly and deeply, allow your arms to hang loosely, and shake for a couple of seconds. This will prevent buildup of muscle tension. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Sit up straight in your chair while working, and remember to tap keys lightly as you type. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Break up repetitive types of work with other duties throughout the day so your hands and eyes get a break </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 11. Avoiding eye strain <ul><li>1. Position screen so light doesn't bounce off and create a glare. You can also put an antiglare shield on the screen. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Turn up the contrast to minimize strain on your eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Light your work area well. Use full spectrum bulbs. They duplicate natural sunlight and are easier on the eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Keep brightest lights over to the side if possible. Turn off overhead lighting. Close blinds so that sunlight doesn't glare on your screen. </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>5. Don't forget to blink. Blinking keeps eyes moistened. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Position your monitor 18 to 30 inches from your eyes. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Keep screen clean and properly focused. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Take frequent &quot;eye breaks&quot;. Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and just stare into the distance. Keep your eyes off the screen. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Rest your eyes by covering them with your palms. Keep them in complete darkness for a minute. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Keep frequently used paper documents in a holder that attaches to the monitor. This keeps your eyes from having to move up and down. </li></ul><ul><li>11. Adjust your glasses or contacts for the computer. Sometimes your prescription may not be suitable for computer work. </li></ul><ul><li>12. Keep your keyboard positioned directly in front of monitor. </li></ul><ul><li>13. Get up and move around at least every two hours. It gives your eyes a break, as well as the rest of your body </li></ul>
  11. 13. Computers can be a pain in the neck ! <ul><li>Proper positioning: </li></ul><ul><li>Our posture plays a huge role. Improper posture can lead to severe back and neck ache, and unnatural tension and stress in the body in general. Choose a comfortable, adjustable chair that supports the curve of your back, keeping you upright. Relax your shoulders. Sitting at an ideal height will mean that your elbows, knees and hips are angled at around ninety degrees, with your feet firmly on the ground (or on a comfortable foot rest), and your forearms parallel to the floor. Learning to touch type can be of significant benefit as it eliminates the need to bend your head forward to search for the keys you need. </li></ul><ul><li>,-Neck-and- Eye-Strain&id=3753951 </li></ul>
  12. 14. By: <ul><li>Effie Parsons </li></ul>