Never mind that there’s a lot of debate going on about COVID-19 response in America these days. Never mind that the top infectious disease expert in the country, Dr. AnthonyFauci, has traded barbs with Senator Rand Paul recently. When all is said and done, you’re still tied to your post: at home in quarantine. If you haven’t noticed, it’s not so unlike being locked up, albeit in a more relaxing manner. You have a door right in front of you, but you’re restricted to use it and go out.
By now, you should realize that going digital from home offers a way out for you. Being able to make the most of online opportunities can soften the negative impact of a worsening COVID-19 crisis in the country. This won’t just help you keep your sanity while in glorified virtual house arrest. But you should also be able to slow the thinning of your wallet, which should be apparent Before you dive deep to enjoy, take time to steer yourself away from deadly pitfalls that could sabotage your digital dreams needlessly.
Not Taking Care of Your Eyes
Indeed, there are assistive means you can use a PC without a monitor. But like most, you are using your eyes to put a device to good use. And there’s the rub.
Not only do you need to keep your eyes away from coronavirus these days, but you also need to protect your vision from daily wear and tear. We’re talking about all the times when you get yourself in front of a screen. More often than not, this refers to your time watching your daily dose of Netflix via your smart TV or attending to your seemingly endless conversation over the smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
While unrestricted screen time may not cause you to be blind, keeping them within manageable limits is best. If you fail to do so, a host of irritating eye issues may plague you, including double vision, headaches, blurry vision, and itchy red eyes.
To remedy the situation, you should make it a habit to rest your eyes every 20 minutes. That means looking away from the screen or, better yet, walking away from it altogether. In this regard, putting the Pomodoro technique to practice is spot-on for the best results.
Additionally, you can take vitamins to boost your eye health. Many people have experienced added eye vigor, taking in lutein and omega-3 supplements, for instance. Omega-3, a fatty acid found extensively in oily fish such as salmon, has been shown to work wonders in fighting age-related macular degeneration. On the other hand, lutein, a carotenoid(pigments in plants), is dubbed the “eye vitamin” for its eye-healing properties.
Not Watching Your Online Transactions
You may feel secure that you’re home and that no one can possibly come to you to bring you harm. Unfortunately, as a digital citizen, you should know that millions of dollars are lost online during the pandemic. And it’s not by accident; it’s by fraud.
Since the coronavirus visited the town, statistics show that has been lost to all sorts of scammers. Many of these scam artists resort to sneaky online tricks to get from the government money intended to help Americans adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
For one, unscrupulous thieves have scammed jobless individuals of their unemployment benefits. And it’s not small money. To date, there are over 30 million Americans collecting such benefits and getting as much as $600 on a weekly basis.
If you’re suspecting a nefarious online transaction, take precautionary measures to proceed. ThisFBI directive posted online to protect yourself from pandemic scammers should help you wrap things up.
Not Raising Your Standards
Remember the time when you wish you had tons of free time to get a project going or, for that matter, master a craft. The good news for everyone who’s locked on stay-in-place orders is that wish of a lifetime just came true when the pandemic struck.
Think about it. It’s like an unlimited vacation. The only difference in the equation is that you’re limited as to where you can go. But then again, your digital life should expand your horizons.
Through the magical prowess of the Internet, anyone can learn the ABCs of painting and master the first steps in becoming the next Picasso or VanGogh. Moreover, one can also start an online store and learn the challenges of online business. It’s not much, but it can help you start your journey to becoming the next JeffBezos.
Surely, with the endless data available online, finding resources to master a skill or bring a business idea to life should be a walk in the park. All you need now is to take action. But given all the time you’ve got, that shouldn’t be a problem.
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