Statistics show you are more than likely addicted to your smartphone. Are you up for the challenge to commit to a digital detox!?
If you are thinking to yourself, “yeah, I use my phone a lot but it’s OK”. I recommend downloading an app, (I know it seems counter-intuitive) but hey, I’m not saying to stop using your phone entirely. I’m saying to reset yourself and see where all your time is going. Moment and Break Free are both apps that give data usage statistics and they track what apps you use most.
If your phone usage takes up too many hours a day. Here is a list of 5 ways to detox!
1. No phones while eating- not only will your digestion thank you, your relationships with your loved ones will grow stronger and your communication skills will return.
2. No phones in the bathroom- if you use your bathroom breaks as a reprise from your work, your children, or anyone else you are avoiding; go back to old-school ways of reading a magazine or newspaper. Not only is it the sanitary choice, but you may also learn something as opposed to crushing more candy.
3. No phones while driving- this should be a no-brainer for all of us. We all know how dangerous phone usage while driving can be. However, none of us follow this rule. Put your phone away or enable the no texting feature on your phone.
4. Don’t sleep with your phone in arms reach- buy an alarm clock, or go dig out your old one from the closet. Having a phone so close to you while you sleep will lessen your ability for deep sleep. Phones emit Wi-Fi rays that can disrupt your REM cycle. This tip will also enable you to wake more peacefully, and Instagram or email will not be your first interaction of the day.
5. Turn off all notifications, banners, alarms, notes etc.- by eliminating notifications you eliminate the urge to interact with your phone. There is no reason to click on the latest news or sports update that will no doubt suck you in and before you know it you’ve spent an hour on your phone.