As a result of the evolution of computers, a majority of people in the workforce spend most of their time in front of one, especially graphic designers. Computers are a modern designers best friend, literally. We spend more time with our Macintosh than we do human beings. If our precious iMac or Macbook were to disappear or become damaged we would cry. We would cry a lot. We personalize these computers to reflect who we are and how we operate – they become a part of us.
It’s hard to look at the bigger picture when we’ve just become so accustomed to using all kinds of electronics throughout our day. Most people wouldn’t know how to operate normally without them. Unfortunately, more people have slowly realized what can happen to our bodies after spending a little too much time with all of these electronics. For example, my coworkers and I have realized this and choose to turn off all of our electronics a couple times a week after the work day is over. Some may think this shows no dedication to our careers. However, we like to look at it as an investment in becoming even better at our jobs.
Designers need to take some time away from the computer and focus a little bit more on living a healthier lifestyle. A healthier lifestyle includes getting up from the office chair and stretching your legs and going outside and enjoying the fresh air. We also need to focus on what we’re eating because of our fast-paced lifestyle. I’ve seen many designers reach for the quick fast food and soda (plus all those energy drinks and coffee) instead of consuming more water, fruits and vegetables. It’s hard keeping up with our demands. We have crazy deadlines our clients expect us to meet. Controlling our stress levels, eating healthier and getting away from the computer screens can help us live a longer and healthier life.
Even though it’s hard to, we absolutely need to realize that staring at a computer screen all day can strain our eyes and cause headaches. A poor diet and sitting at a computer all day can cause diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, blood clots, heart disease and so many other illnesses. Never taking a break from our work and clients can leave us with too much stress and all sorts of problems. Taking a break from your career and spending a little more time on yourself will be rewarding. Less time off from work, no more doctor bills and better health in the future will all be worth it.