Isn’t it amazing how connected we are nowadays? It’s so convenient to stay in touch with loved ones, express ourselves on social media, and get things done with multitasking. However, we can’t overlook the downsides of being constantly plugged in.
It’s true that using our devices can be enjoyable, but pleasurable behaviors can become addictive and have consequences. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, many people feel stressed because of technology.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your screen time completely time. Experts suggest that you can maintain a healthier relationship with your tech by simply loosening your grip on it. So, there’s no need for a breakup with your phone; just find a balance that works for you. We have advice on how to do it!
Turn off notifications
Staying updated on what’s happening in the world is great for being informed, but sometimes it can get a little distracting.
Constantly getting interrupted by notifications can prevent us from truly focusing on anything for half an hour.
Thankfully, there’s a simple solution! You can start by turning off unnecessary notifications which should help you stay more focused and in control of your time.
Avoid using the phone during meals
There’s nothing more annoying than meeting a friend for lunch and having to look at them, scrolling through their phone. We’ve all been there, and, most likely, we’ve all been that annoying person ourselves!
Even if we don’t actively use our phones during the conversation, having them on the table can actually diminish the quality of our interaction. A study published in 2014 in the journal Environment and Behavior found that our brains are subconsciously anticipating notifications, which makes it challenging for us to be fully present in the conversation.
The more we focus on our phones, the less attention and energy we have for the people around us. So, it’s best to keep your phone away and give your undivided attention to the people you’re sharing the moment with.
Incorporate tech-free hours in your day
Have you ever felt a bit ‘naked’ without your phone? We sure have. But taking breaks from technology can actually work wonders for your well-being.
A great way to start is by setting aside some tech-free time each day, perhaps during lunch. Give it a try for a week or so, and see how you feel. You might be pleasantly surprised by how happy you become with the change.
Focus on paper
Have you ever noticed how reading a good old-fashioned book feels more satisfying than using a tablet or screen? Well, it’s not just your imagination! There’s actually some research that backs this up. According to a review published in 2019 in the Journal of Research in Reading, reading on paper can make us more focused and aware compared to reading on a screen.
The same goes for writing. If your head is full of thoughts and ideas, it’s good to put it on physical paper. Our Cloudberry journals are a great tool to use!
For most of us, completely giving up technology may not be realistic. A more practical approach, as suggested by experts, is to reduce our usage. Whether you think you have too much screen time or not, it’s certainly advantageous to have a little detox once every while. Try our tips and see how you feel!