When I was younger, I was obsessed with glasses – to the point where I would lie at the opticians over how well I could see all the illuminated letters. The optician was wise to it and knew exactly what I was up to, but eventually I ended up needing a pair when I was 13 years old. In those days, there wasn’t really such a thing as “screen time”. No mobiles, computer or laptop…just a television and to be honest the sporty boys in the house dominated that side of things so I wasn’t exactly glued to it!
But fast forward 10 years or so and it was another story. I started working hard at my career, spending hours a day in front of an Excel spreadsheet and even after clocking off, I’d be staring at Facebook on my phone. I know I’m not alone here, so many of us are glued to our screens and feel slightly lost when we don’t know where our smartphone is. I even confessed recently that sometimes I turn my phone upside down so I can’t see the notifications as I just can’t ignore them.
One thing that is such a noticeable change is how tired my eyes feel these days – as a new mum, with sleep deprivation on top of all these hours in front of the blue light, it’s no wonder that they feel dry and sting at the end of the day. It’s clear to me that I just need to take care of them a bit better – much better than I have been doing so far. So I’ve been drinking more water, using eye drops at the end of the day and just taking a rest from the screen during the day where I can. Even if it means actually leaving the building for my lunch break (shock horror) and I’m finding that the fresh air is doing me the world of good.
Especially in these colder months, I think it’s so important for mums to look after themselves too. After all, we spend all our energy remembering the coats, hats and scarves for our mini humans but sometimes completely forget about number one! Apparently it starts from when we are pregnant and the hormone levels go way off balance…right the way until we are sleep deprived mombies with hardly a moment to rest our eyes throughout the day. For me, it’s making the world of difference.