Of course it is hard to ‘practice what you preach’ by telling all you lot to minimise your use and exposure on social media, when I can’t even get off my own phone, and now I have two phones so I’m totally hopeless. But then again, it really is not healthy to be on your phone so many times in one day.
It was recorded on my phone that I was using my screen time for 6 hours – surely that’s wrong isn’t it? Back in my childhood days (I feel so old) I didn’t even have a phone, my simple pleasures in life was watching MTV and actually having a hobby. Hobby, what is that you ask? It’s that thing that people use to do to switch off. Oh it’s like Netflix then? No, not even close.
This whole culture of Netflix (and chill) has made us want to look at our screens even more! Damn you and your amazing tv series and endless films to enjoy!
I remember those days when 4G and Wifi weren’t so available in foreign countries so when you would get back to your home country you would receive endless amounts of messages, notifications, emails and other things. It was so weirdly empowering and exciting to receive all (pretty useless) notifications when you literally just landed on the runway.
But now, even planes have wifi.
So here are my tips for minimising the use of phone and electronic devices (which I am also working on myself – I do have cheat days too you know):
- Turn your phone on aeroplane mode.
- Set out of office hours even for social media, so when you get home or when you’re in bed, read a book, doodle, draw, brainstorm, or something that requires your mind to chill.
- When you wake up, don’t go straight towards the phone. Mediate for a bit, think for a bit, go to the bathroom to freshen up, eat your breakfast, get dressed, do some domestic work and then, look at your phone.
- Weekends should be total chill and real switch off mode, so take a social media and phone holiday.
- Instead of texting which ultimately takes a lot of screening time, give the person a call or facetime. Or, even consider writing people letters and notecards. Go back to traditional forms of communication.
- When going to a brunch or lunch or dinner, make it fun and put everyone’s phone in the middle – whoever touches their phone first, buys everyone a drink.