How You Can Protect Yourself From Overexposure To Electronic Screens

Working from home as a freelance writer and a blogger, I spend a lot of time staring at screens. I am often tap, tap, tapping away on my laptop or checking my social media on my smartphone. You may even find me using one of the tablets in the house to do something work related too.

I am passionate about eye health having worn glasses since I was ten but something I am quite guilty of is not taking enough of a break from screen time. However there is something that can also help. A computer screen filter for eyes is something I hadn’t come across before until very recently. I was in town with Steve and we headed into a shop to sort something out – we noticed that they had something on their computer screen and asked about it. They were using a computer screen filter and explained what it was. Now with me always using a screen, this definitely sounded like something I would need to invest in.

It can be very dangerous to your health to be overexposed to electronic screens so it is important to protect yourself. Artificial blue light is emitted from LED lighting and from digital devices. Our close proximity to the device when viewing, especially over long periods of time, means that the harmful blue light can affect us and our children’s wellbeing. Not only could you end up with eye strain – most cases aren’t that severe and can be rectified with screen breaks – but these could also cause sore, irritated and dry eyes, fatigue and headaches.

So how can you protect yourself from overexposure?

Take Regular Breaks

It sounds so simple but so many of us are guilty of not doing it, myself included. It is important to get up from where you are sitting, put your laptop down and do something different, not using a screen. Don’t get up and pick your phone up otherwise it completely defeats the object!

Use A Filter

Invest in a computer screen filter for your device to help filter out much of the harmful blue light that can affect your health. These are quite affordable to buy and will be better for your health than using a device without one.

Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly

Another symptom of overexcessive screen use is deterioration of your eyesight, especially if you don’t look after your eye health. Making sure you are having regular check ups and are using the correct visual aids if required will certainly help to keep your eye health in tip top shape.

Limit Time Spent On Devices

As well as taking breaks, perhaps set time limits on devices, especially for your children. You don’t want their health to be harmed by overexcessive usage of iPads and similar devices – no matter how much they want to watch their unboxing videos on YouTube!

These are just a few ways in which you can attempt to avoid overexposure to electronic screens and protect your health. Do you have any other suggestions of how to avoid overexposure? Do you set time limits or take regular breaks?


Busting Some Myths About Intimate Health

For some reason, intimate health is seen as a taboo subject to talk about but it really shouldn’t be. Being educated on intimate health and educating others is incredibly important. We all keep ourselves educated on our physical health when it comes to other parts of our bodies so why wouldn’t we give the same care and attention to our more intimate body parts?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush are both conditions that affect many women but how many women do you hear talking about them? How much do you know about them? I will be honest and say I didn’t know much myself – I knew that certain symptoms such as certain coloured discharge, a fishy smell and itching and burning were signs of certain conditions but I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what conditions and I wouldn’t really have known how to treat them – I’d be straight down the pharmacy or popping into my doctor’s surgery to speak to the receptionist and get some advice.

Canesten© have introduced a quiz where you answer six questions to see how clued up you are on intimate health. I’ve taken it myself and got 4 out of 6 but I will be honest and say a couple of them were lucky guesses. Why don’t you take the quiz and see how you get on? I’m yet to find anyone who has got all six out of six correct which shows that we as a nation still have a lot to learn about our intimate health.


Canesten© is the number one brand in the women’s intimate health category and are committed to educating women on intimate health matters. They want to work to beat the stigma surrounding intimate health and make sure women know their bodies and changes that might occur. Misunderstanding such conditions as thrush or bacterial vaginosis can be very detrimental – you don’t want to leave them untreated so it is important to know the signs. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of childbearing age yet women still cannot distinguish between the symptoms of BV and thrush due to certain similarities.

Over 75% of women will suffer from thrush in their lifetime yet many don’t even know what BV is. BV can cause a pH imbalance in your vagina which would normally be acidic. Different factors can affect the pH of your vagina including overwashing with perfumed bath products in the intimate area, sexual intercourse and antibiotics.

It seems I myself still have a lot to learn about intimate health but with Canesten© supporting us ladies and continuing to strive to educate us, I am learning more and more each day.

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