So you want to get over your phone addiction, you are not alone. 1 in every 2 young persons admits to taking their phone everywhere and feeling anxious when their battery is low or when they are away from their phones. An average person casually checks his/her phone about 63 times a day. Over 87% of us, do it one hour before going to bed, while 69% check smartphones within the first five minutes of waking up.
When your phones beeps with a notification you move, when you are happy or sad you pick up your phone for a distraction, phones are getting in between couples and keeping all of our secrets and fears.
I love technology and smart devices as much as the next person, but I am also not ashamed to ask for help when something is taking over my life. It is not an exaggeration to say that phone addiction is a danger to your health and wellness. Your phone addiction can cause; digital eye strain, neck pain, car accidents, sleep disturbance, obsessive-compulsive disorder and relationship problems.
You see how this is now a major concern, and why you must take action and get help. Help can come in many forms, but first admitting that your addiction is real and then exploring activities that can replace your phone addiction.
There are several recommendations for phone/media detox that does not involve going cold turkey, instead we recommend a gradual phasing our and replacing it with healthy habits that will help you stay more productive, mindful and aware.
During your media detox you will find you have more free time with your phone out of the way. If you are wondering, what to do without your smart phone?
It is a valid question and we have some answers.
Consider the time away from your phone as an unplug, charge your imagination and creativity. Give yourself a break from all that stimulation. You know what they say” everything works better if you unplug it for a while” why don’t you try that with yourself.
Here are some ideas of things to do as you step away from your phone and unplug.
Go on a walk
Spend some time outdoors; look up at the sky for a change, now that you are not looking down at your device. Walking has so many advantages including getting some fresh air and day light. Also this time, you don’t need your phone to count your steps or take a selfie for Instagram. You are walking to feel refreshed and clear your thoughts.
Play a board game or card game.
A game of chess, scrabble and monopoly are great for mental exercise thereby channeling one’s ability to make rational decision. You can decide also to invite friends and hang out while having snacks and having fun over games.
Bake a yummy dessert/Try a new recipe.
Try an easy pastry or some healthy recipe. It sprinkles creativity and does not create anxiety but boosts self happiness, confidence and capability.
Get creative with a Mandala coloring book
Seat in silence and color. Coloring has the ability to relax the brain. You know how seeing a yellow butterfly can brighten your mood or how seeing a rainbow in the skin brings out the child in us. Coloring a mandala with repeated patters, helps to slow the heart rate down and brings the mind to s single focus. This generates mindfulness and quietness, which allows your mind to get some rest after a long day at work. Try taking out time to color and reflect, it eases stress, soothes your mind and helps with anxiety.
Pick up an instrument.
By stepping away from your playlist and grabbing a piano or guitar, you could be doing wonders for your wellness. Learning to play an instrument can reduce stress, its linked to better sound processing and helps keep your memory sharp. Don’t know how to play one? Good news: it’s never too late to learn.
The joy of reading something is immense. Yes, I know you have all those eBooks on your phone, but connect again with the pleasure of turning a page, touching and holding a real book made from trees. It is really therapeutic.
De clutter your space
Declutter simply means removing unnecessary items from your space. Our environment can impact our mood and stress us out. Reducing clutter helps us handle fatigue and keeps us mentally prepared. De clutter gives you a sense of achievement and boosts one’s self esteem.
Visit friends and family
Forget Zoom for a day. Our relationships are valuable and it’s important to strengthen them away from our screens. Face to face conversation fosters more emotional connectivity with loved ones.
Meditation can help you be more mindful, ease stress and improve blood flow. Mindfulness is about being in the moment. We have opportunities to be in the moment every single day except when you decide to bury your phone instead. So step back and take in the sights and sounds around you.
Make a DIY body scrub
Exfoliating your skin with body scrub has many benefits. Not only does exfoliating make your skin look more lively and rejuvenated, it removes those dead skin cells that clog your pores. Homemade body scrubs are inexpensive and extremely easy to prepare.
The right scrubs give your skin the boost it needs to look radiant and flawless. Here is a simple brown sugar scrub recipe:
1. Combine brown sugar and Coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly.
3. Add one or two drops of your favorite essential oil, and stir it into the mixture.
4. When you’re satisfied with the consistency and fragrance of your scrub , spoon it into a container. Get busy, give your self a head –to-toe body scrubbing.
Create a To do list for the next day
Organizing your tasks with a list can make everything much more manageable and make you feel grounded. Seeing a clear outline of your completed and uncompleted tasks will help you feel organized and stay mentally focused.
What are you going to try first?