Is It Time to Break Up with Your Phone?

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Is Your Phone Problematic?

Let’s face it in this point in time everyone has a phone and is probably spending too much time on it. All you have to do is look around at teenagers walking down the street looking at their phone with their neck in a bad position to realize that this getting to be too much. Also the amount of car accidents that are caused by texting and driving is a big enough cause for alarm. But let’s just say you are smart enough not to walk/drive and text. You might say, “I don’t do those things, so it’s not a problem.”

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Review Screentime

First do a little review of your screen time and you will see exactly how much time you actually spend on your phone per day. Once that is viewed one might begin to realize the amount of time that is actually spent on their phone. Once you view that, you can begin to decide if that’s really how you want to spend your time.

Bad Posture

An article from Forbes discusses the negative impacts of social media. But also the physical act of being on the phone usually results in your posture being put in a really bad position. Next time your on your phone, put in on camera and take a picture to see what position your neck and shoulders are in. Most likely, it’s not pretty.

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Is it helping you reach your goals?

Depending on your goals, is your phone helping you reach your goals. There are many beneficial apps such as Subliminal Vision Boards that really do help you reach your goals. And also fitness apps and various app such as Calm that really do help you with your goals. But is scrolling mindlessly through Twitter really helping you? If the answer is no then you might decide that it’s time to give your phone a break. It’s doable but it will take a little practice because to be honest, it can turn into an addiction.

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How To Get Off Your Phone

First thing is to realize that you might have a problem with it. Unless you need the phone for work, you’re going to have to make a little plan and figure out what you can do to replace the mindless scrolling.

1)Decide that at a certain hour, you are going to take a break from it. Have a pad of paper nearby because you will need that paper to write down all of the urges you have to get on the phone. Suppose you are on a break and you say to yourself, “I must text my spouse and tell them I love them.” Write it down on the note pad and after your break from your phone is over, send the text. Perhaps you get the urge to look up the weather for tomorrow, write down on your trustee pad to look up weather for tomorrow. And then you can look up later. You get the idea.

2) What are you going to do during the time, you’re not on the phone? This is the fun part. There is so much you can do when you are not on your phone. You can read, write, sing, color, clean up your place, decorate, play a musical instrument, dance, mow the lawn, wash your car, cook, go grocery shopping, write a letter… the possibilities are endless. Basically you can live in the real world. You can plan what you actually want instead of being a phone zombie.

3) Set up a support network. Maybe there is a friend you have that you can call up and tell them what you are trying to do. There are probably support groups to help. Just know that the urge to get on your phone will pass. It’s called urge surfing. Be aware of the urge to use the phone and breathe and allow it to pass by like a cloud. It can also be used for other addictions.

It’s not easy to do change habits but if you clean instead of get on your phone, you’ll have a clean place in no time. Put that phone down and nobody will get hurt.

Valeria is a Health and Wellness Coach living in Nor Cal. She encourages everyone to pursue their goals and dreams. All you have to do is dare to dream.