In today's world, it's hard to imagine living without a smartphone. They've become such an integral part of our lives that it's hard to remember what we used to do without them. For many of us, our phones are the first thing we reach for when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we check before going to bed.
But for all the good they can do, smartphones can also be a major source of stress and anxiety. If you find yourself feeling frazzled every time you check your phone, it might be time for a tech-detox. It's not uncommon to be attached to your device, but it is important to take a step back and assess your relationship to technology.
The number of people becoming addicted to social media is increasing considerably. Today, we spend an average of 2.5 hours of our days on our phones and this number is likely to increase over the years. So the question is, are you (like many other people) addicted to your phone? Here are some signs that it might be time for you to unplug and detox from your phone:
You Check Your Phone Constantly
Do you find yourself picking up your phone every few minutes, even when you're not expecting a call or notification? If you can't go more than an hour without checking your phone, it might be time for a detox. Constantly checking your phone can be a major source of anxiety, and it's important to give yourself a break from the constant stream of notifications and news headlines. If you're worried about missing something important, set specific times when you'll allow yourself to check your phone. For example, you could check it when you get up in the morning, during lunch, and before bed.
Your Phone Is the First Thing You Reach For in the Morning (and the Last Thing You Check at Night)
If you start your day by reaching for your phone instead of taking a moment to enjoy some peace and quiet, it
might be time for a detox. Checking your phone first thing in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day and leave you feeling anxious and stressed before you've even gotten out of bed. The same goes for checking your phone right before bed. Scrolling through social media or reading news headlines can make it harder to fall asleep because your mind is still racing. If possible, charge your phone overnight in another room so that you're not tempted to pick it up first thing in the morning or right before bed.
You Feel Panicky When You Can't Find Your Phone
Do you ever lose track of your phone and feel a wave of panic come over you? If so, it might be time for a detox. Our phones have become such an integral part of our lives that it's normal to feel unsettled when we can't find them. But if the thought of being without your phone for even an hour makes you break into a cold sweat, it's definitely time for a break. Try leaving your phone at home for short periods of time ( errands, going to work out etc.) so that you can get used to being without it.
Your usage is impacting other areas of your life
One way to tell if you're addicted to your iPhone is if its impacting other areas of your life such as work or relationships . . . If checking Twitter or Instagram has become more important to you than listening to your boss during a meeting or spending time with lo
ved ones, it might be time for change. Dedicate specific times during work hours or social gatherings when you'll allow yourself to use your phone; this will help prevent information overload and allow you to focus on what's happening in front of you instead of what's happening on your screen.
Relying on Your Phone Can Be detrimental To Your health
If using Google Maps/Waze has become second nature to you and asking someone for directions seems like an impossible task, consider taking a detox from technology . . . Not only is staring at screens all day bad for our eyesight, but constantly being connected can also lead to feelings of anxiety and insecurity. Take some time away from technology so that you can explore new places without depending on GPS; this will help build up your confidence and reduce stress levels . .
In today's world, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. They help us stay connected with our loved ones, keep up with current events, and kill time when we're bored. But for all the good they can do, smartphones can also be a major source of stress and anxiety. If you find yourself feeling frazzled every time you check your phone, it might be time for a tech-detox!
Taking some time away from your phone can be difficult, but it's important to detach from technology every once in awhile in order to recharge and reset. If any of these signs sound familiar, consider taking a break from your device and disconnecting from the digital world for awhile. Your mind—and body—will appreciate it