Break Up With Your Phone

May 24, 2023

If your phone is the first thing you touch in the morning and the last thing you see at night, or if you find yourself taking your phone with you to the bathroom, you might want to listen up.

I recently began a book titled "How To Break Up With Your Phone."

The first half of the book goes through some of the clinical and neurological information that is happening each time you pull your phone out, surf through social media, check the news, etc.

It is quite scary. The author likens it to an opioid epidemic. You may think this is unfairly hyperbolic, but after reading the research we are training our brains to require small hits of dopamine more and more by our constant use of technology.

I am beginning to believe that smartphones might be the largest mental health crisis that our society is facing as a whole at this time.

If you are wanting to find a better relationship with your phone, here are my few quick tips:

1. Move all of the apps around on your phone. In the extra second that it takes you to find the app you are searching for, ask yourself where you want your attention to be going right now.

2. Get rid of all social media. Start trying to reframe your "fear of missing out on social media" to a "fear of missing out on your ACTUAL life."

3. Start charging your phone outside of your bedroom. Try to avoid checking your phone until you have been awake for at least 30 minutes.

Good luck!!

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