Health Tips Kung Lagi Kang Nasa Harap Ng Computer
Now that majority of universities and colleges have transitioned to online classes to adapt to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, students will be once again stuck in front of their computer screens for extended periods of time. Since we’re already constantly glued to our screens, we might as well do ourselves a favor and look up health tips for computer users.
In a global survey conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value among 15,000 Gen Z participants, an astounding 74 percent spend their time online. Forty-five percent said they use a laptop computer while 30 percent use a desktop computer. Bottom line is, a considerable portion of Gen Z are perpetually exposed to digital screens.
Joining online conference calls for classes, reading up on modules, and the occasional browsing through memes may seem harmless, but it’s probably because we don’t immediately notice their negative consequences on our health. You may not know it, but you might already be suffering from something called a computer vision syndrome (CVS).
What is computer vision syndrome?
Also called digital eye strain, CVS is a cluster of eye and vision complications related to the use of computers. Some reported symptoms include eye strain, irritation, redness, dry eyes, neck and shoulder pain, and blurred and/or double vision. Some studies about CVS report that individuals usually experience these symptoms only momentarily and would lessen or disappear after computer use. Others report that symptoms continue to persist even after screen use.
What are the factors that lead to experiencing computer vision syndrome?
While constant exposure to our digital screens plays a huge part in developing CVS, it isn’t the only culprit for it. Studies have shown that other factors like those in our immediate environment also cause digital eye strain, including ergonomic aspects like our viewing distance from the screen, brightness of the environment, the level of our display screens, improper posture, and even the amount of times we take a break from being on our computers.
How do I prevent myself from developing computer vision syndrome?
Because the only way for schools to continue and catch up with the semester is to migrate their teaching methods online, students would find it more difficult to reduce their screen time. The closest thing they can do is to observe helpful health tips that would lessen their risk for CVS.
While eye strain is mainly a vision problem, the way we sit significantly factors in our predisposition to developing eye strain. First off, avoid being on your laptops when you're in bed! Opt for a table setup when you're working instead.
The University of Michigan's Health Service suggests that the best seating posture can be achieved with a chair with a minor arch that will hold up your back in an "upright and relaxed position." Keeping your feet flat and your legs parallel to the ground will also help you maintain the proper seating posture.
Proper viewing distance
The University of Michigan's Health Service also suggests that the proper viewing distance between you and the screen is about 18 inches (or an arm's length) from your eyes. The screen should also be positioned at eye level to prevent neck strain. If you can't adjust the height of your chair, place your monitors or laptops on any old textbooks or other stable materials that could safely elevate it.
Reducing the glare on the screen
When our monitors are tilted, any light source above us might reflect and create a glare on our screens, making it harder to see objects onscreen and therefore lead to eye strain. To prevent this, try tilting your monitor so that it's perpendicular to, or at least tilted 10 to 20 degrees from, your line of sight.
Taking regular breaks
Studies suggest that taking regular breaks and spending some time away from your screens are an effective management strategy for avoiding eye strain. But more than taking breaks, these studies propose that employing the 20/20/20 strategy will have a more significant positive effect. The 20/20/20 rule means you take a break every 20 minutes and focus your eyes on objects at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. The strategy aims to give your eyes some much-needed down time to readjust your focus and prevent eye strain.
Aside from the 20/20/20 rule, the mere habit of blinking helps keep your eyes more moist and will therefore prevent your eyes from getting dry.
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A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender
Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.
Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.
It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.
Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"
Dear me in six years, I wonder how life will treat you when you’re already 26 years old. Will you be financially stable? Will you be working in an advertising agency while pursuing everything about the arts? Will you be doing freelancing and living in a condo by then? I don’t know since things are very uncertain. I hope by the time you graduate from college and face the real meaning of the world, you’ll know what the real purpose of doing and living in the art will be.
I know it’s been so tough ever since you turned 20 but that’s how life works, I guess. There will be a lot of hopes and trials, breakdowns, and breakthroughs but I have high hopes of you becoming the better version of yourself. You always do, though. You were never a quitter. Making decisions is getting harder and harder as you grow but I hope it doesn’t make you stop doing what you really love to do. You will face different people with different perspectives. You will feel like a stranger once again, it’s like you were back in your freshmen year. It’s going to be tougher than you’ve expected but you can do it. I believe you can.
Most of the time, people's perception of us as a strong person makes us feel that we are not entitled to be vulnerable because they might be disappointed for seeing our weak spots. And so when we are hurting, we are often scared of extreme emotions and so bury our feelings. We deny them, trying to avoid the pain we feel.
But by doing that, we are just allowing it to come back to us and haunt us. And when it comes back, it might be stronger and it will be harder for us to get over it than when we faced them first. I realized it just now that facing those emotions will scare them until they're gone. The saying 'Let it hurt until it hurts no more' goes true. Admitting your pain to yourself doesn't make you weak. It only proves that you are strong enough to acknowledge such extreme emotions without avoiding them. We are humans and it's okay if we hurt sometimes.
Before, sliding over the rainbows
Now, our hearts are bruised
Days once full of love and laughter
Became dawns of forfeited ever after
Smiles that bring ticklish sensations
Turned to cold question and answer
Figuring who would be the next instructor
The queen’s awake
Grappling to the happiness that the sorrow and sadness take
Going back to all the promises he couldn’t make
Poetry #2: YOUR VOICE
When you talk, your voice brightens my days. You provide me comfort in all the little things that you do. Your deep and mellow voice sends a tingling feeling inside me that makes me want to keep you in my life. I love talking to you every time, every day, every night and every minute if I could. You're someone just simply amazing.