This quick blog is going to be the first half of the topic about reducing screen time.
There are so many pros and cons of the options we have available now;
Being able to have emails on-the-go,
Being able to Google anything we might want to find the answer for.
But there are also cons to all of that. It takes us away from the moment and however busy we are somebody can always get hold of us. I feel like we always have to respond quickly.
Habitually it's just become normal for us and the reason is that every time we see a little notification or our phone rings, buzzes then we get a bit of a dopamine hit and that's our happy feel-good hormone.
Yet it doesn't last.
The dopamine dips again and therefore we're waiting for the next like, the next email the next text message because we want to get that hit again. And that's what keeps us in a pattern of constantly checking my phone and wanting to constantly be available, to be at the end of whoever's trying to get hold of us.
But it might be beneficial for you to put it down occasionally and have a bit more you time.
This is one of the options we run as a well-being module in our 12-week program. And I'm just going to cover three reasons why it might be an option for you to increase your well-being by reducing your screen time.
Firstly is a mental reason, we're aware of the need to be mindful and yet it can be so difficult with our busy lives. Yet when we're going somewhere and we're on our phones, we're checking an email, whatever, we're not actually taking in our surroundings and what's going on.
We're not actually even tapping into ourselves and how we are feeling about things.
So it can help you be more mindful which in itself brings a calmness.
Secondly emotionally, we all know FOMO, the fear of missing out or checking what other people are up to, perhaps even being envious of other people's lives where they've got it all or so it appears on social media.
That can bring feelings of negativity, that we're comparing ourselves to other people which ultimately isn't a positive mindset to be in.
Lastly physically it can affect your sleep.
That last "I'll just check my phone just before I go to sleep", can keep your mind whirring so you don't fall asleep easily. Or keeping your phone with you through the night, even if you sleep through any notifications, sub-consciously your your mind hears it and knows. This affects the level and the depth of the sleep that you're getting.
So there's just three reasons to get started; a mental reason, an emotional reason and a physical reason.
There's plenty more out there but if that's something that's resonating with you that you are a slave to your phone as such, then you might like part 2 which is going to explain a few simple ways to get started on reducing your screen time (Available on the 24th Dec).
Owner of Pura Vida Living,
A company with the mission to keep well-being simple and achievable for busy professionals.