Sitting Too Long Leads to Multiple Mental Health Issues

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Why does simply sitting down have such a negative impact on your mental health? This might be related to the things we are actually doing when we are sitting. Most of us spend our time sitting down and watching mindless shows on the TV, or seemingly endless hours on the computer answering emails and text messages, surfing the internet, etc. We rarely do anything that would involve our minds and engage others face to face. Read more why you should turn off your Netflix and go to sleep.

The British did another study that involved more than 25,000 people who spend long hours working in front of a computer. Many of these subjects complained that they felt anxious, depressed, and had no desire to get up and go to work in the morning. This study found that working just 5 hours per day in front of a computer was enough to produce insomnia and depression in most people.

Although the computer is necessary for most children nowadays, allowing them to spend hour after hour on the computer, regardless if it’s video games or homework is not good for your child either. It’s a well-established fact that a lack of physical activity is the main force behind America’s childhood obesity epidemic. However, if your child spends hours in front of an electronic screen, their mental health can also be at risk. A study done in the UK showed that kids who spent more than 4 hours per day in front of a computer reported that they had much lower levels of wee-being than those who spent less time in front of these electronic screens. In fact, another UK study shows that spending a lot of time in front of computer screens had negative effects on how children saw themselves, their self-esteem levels, and reported happiness. Kids who spent just four hours a day playing computer games experienced more anxiety, and depression, as well as behavioral difficulties.

Todays’ lifestyle and work requirements, however, make it almost impossible to stop sitting or using computers. However, you can learn some great strategies to help counteract the effects of using your hiney too much. Dare we say it? Don’t take this news sitting down!

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