How to Take a Break from Your Phone
How would you feel if someone said to you that you couldn’t look at your phone…you had to take a break from your phone…for a WHOLE DAY!!
Does the thought FREAK YOU OUT??
BUT do you feel like you’re living on your phone? So much interaction goes on using our phones – what with Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, texts, emails …in fact don’t you get into a head spin trying to remember where you saw a message? Was it in messenger? WhatsApp? A text!? Or even an email? FFS! It can be too much!
However, taking a 24 hour break from your phone may not be very practical! Many of my clients travel and their phone is their go to for keeping in contact with latest work updates….and their families
BUT there are some short cuts you can take, to take a break from your phone, take back control of your phone and your life!
I recently offered up these suggestions at a corporate wellness talk and I’m sharing these with you now as I feel they are SO IMPORTANT!
The blue light that emanates from our devices stimulates our brain to tell us it’s daylight. Not good if you want to go to sleep at night! This light prevents our sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from rising – the brain basically tells it to go way and come back later. So you may find it hard to drop off to sleep and even if you do drop off, you won’t have good quality sleep as your melatonin isn’t at the correct level.
Do you find yourself sitting in bed surfing the web or on social media? Well you’re stimulating, not winding down your brain so again you’re affecting your ability to sleep.
Likewise do you reach for your phone first thing in the morning and dive into social media or email before even waking up fully?
Take a break from your phone – Stop using your phone and any other electrical devices an hour before bed – dig out that book you’ve been meaning to read or listen to that podcast
Buy yourself an alarm clock so that your phone is not by your bedside. Charge it in another room. Honestly take a break from your phone – you CAN sleep without it next to you!
- WORK- LIFE BALANCE:
The fact that we can be contacted 24/7 can lead us to believe we HAVE TO BE AVAILABLE 24/7. We don’t feel we can take a break from our work or our phone. This just isn’t true.
Create a boundary between your working and own hours so that your boss or colleagues realise you value your down time and are not there for them every minute of the day (or night). Set a time daily when you take a break from your phone.
If you work a 9- 5 why not try and not check your emails over the weekend or after 7 pm?
If you work for yourself, be DISCIPLINED and SET THE HOURS you are not available – you will be far more efficient when you respond AND will have had some down time
- BE HAPPIER
Studies have been showing for ages how Facebook and Instagram are making us more anxious and unhappy. As we start comparing our lives and possessions to those we see others have on social media we tend to feel bad about ourselves. As you may have heard: “On Facebook, you’re comparing your reality to someone else’s highlight reel.”
One study has also shown that we become more materialistic the more exposed to social media we are.
So taking a break from your phone can make you feel happier!
Set specific times to check your social media during the day
Switch off your notifications do you’re not drawn to checking your phone numerous times
Give yourself deadline to check your social media so you don’t find yourself being sucked into the vortex of Facebook posts and links!
- BE IN THE MOMENT:
Been at a gig and seen everyone videoing their favourite song? Done it yourself? But was the moment of videoing it as amazing as if you’d been IN THE PRESENT moment and experienced it through your own eyes?
Are you driven to grab the opportunity of taking a photograph just to get it hashtag-ed and out on Facebook / Instagram to only move onto the next thing and be forgotten? Why not savour the moment in reality
If you find yourself reaching for your phone to capture something, pause and think if it will add anything to YOUR experience – after all it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for YOU to see something fully.
- EAT HEALTHIER:
Yes! Taking a break from your phone can make you eat healthier! By focusing on what you’re eating, that is, really looking at what’s on your plate or in your lunchbox, will help your digestion immensely. Digestion starts with your EYES – what you see tells the brain to stimulate digestive enzymes and get the stomach ready for food. No more bloating after mindlessly eating your lunch whilst scrolling though posts or surfing the web.
Sit away from your desk and focus on your food whilst you eat it – give your body the chance to digest properly and give yourself the time to really enjoy your food.
I hope that you try at least one of these easy tips to help you take a break from your phone- and increase your health and even your happiness!
Let me know if you do – I’d love to hear from you!
This month I’m offering you a FREE 30 mins Health & Energy review with me . Take this opportunity to book and see how you can make positive changes to your life right NOW
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Nicky Rapley Dip NT, mBANT, CNHC
Nutritional Therapist & Yoga Teacher
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