When you’re without your phone, do you get sense of unease?
Do you fear that you’re missing out on big things?
You might be addicted to your phone.
Technology has a funny way of wheedling its way into our lives. The advent of the smartphone and its multitude of helpful and entertaining apps has provided endless entertainment regardless of where we are. Unfortunately, these devices have made it difficult for many people to focus on the present and enjoy life in the moment.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to break your smartphone habit and reclaim your life. Read on to learn how.
One of the best ways to break your smartphone habit is to pare down to the essentials. That app you used once and thought was just okay? Delete it. On social media, unfollow the people you’ve accumulated that aren’t your real friends. Unsubscribe from email lists you don’t want to be on.
Live in the Moment
Going on a date? Having dinner with the family at a restaurant? Leave the phone in your bag and enjoy the present company for what it is. The phone and all its contents will still be there when you return. Recent studies have even suggested that leaving your phone on the table fosters considerable negative feelings in those around you. So do everyone a favor and put the phone out of sight.
Create a Phone-Free Environment
Our smartphones have claimed valuable places in our bedrooms. It’s often the last thing we look at before we go to bed, and the first thing we look at when we wake up. Break this cycle by having your phone charge for the night outside the bedroom. That way, it’s not the first thing you look at when you wake up. The National Sleep Foundation has found that people are losing sleep due to too much screen time before bed. Improve your sleep by turning off all screens (smartphone, TV, computer, etc.) an hour before bed time, and switch the phone off to avoid interruptions.
Do Not Disturb Features
iPhones come with a Do Not Disturb feature which prevents all sounds and vibrations during certain hours. This is perfect for the hours when you are normally asleep so you can be certain you won’t be bothered by a late night social media blitz.
By disabling push notifications on your phone, you can see messages and alerts when you have time for them, rather than when the phone demands your attention.
Take a Phone-Free Day
Leave the phone at home and allow yourself to unplug. This is the perfect opportunity to rest and relax and spend some time with your own thoughts. Catch up with friends over brunch, go shopping, or take a day at the spa. The point here is to prove to yourself that you don’t need the phone to live, and that the world keeps spinning despite your break from your smartphone.
Following these five tips will make it easier for you to break free of your smartphone and reclaim your time and life for yourself. What will you do with all that free time? Do you have any other strategies to manage your screen time that we missed? Let us know in the comments.Whizzco