Wednesday 7 March 2018

Wellbeing | Digital Detox - 5 Places to Stop Using Your Phone

iPhone 8 Rose Gold, Flowers and Copper Photo Grid

One of my worst habits, bar my hideous road rage, is that I get addicted to constantly scrolling through my phone. I'm sure that lots of people can relate to this. We all just keep scrolling, scrolling and scrolling.

If i'm waiting in a queue, I scroll.
If i'm alone on public transport, I scroll.
If i'm on hold, on the phone. I scroll.
Waiting for the microwave. Scroll.
Bath running. Scroll.
I've even scrolled while brushing my teeth.

Sometimes I don't even know what I'm looking for. I just keep scrolling. I think it's safe to say it's addictive. With this in mind I've decided that I'm going on a digital detox of sorts. Cutting down this mindless scrolling when I could be actually talking and interacting with people or just focusing on the task at hand. I'm starting with this top 5 places to stop scrolling.

In The Car

This one is obvious, but it's also incredibly dangerous.
I am pleased to say that I have never scrolled whilst driving. Ever.

But when I'm a passenger it's a different story. I scroll away.

I think we need to get back to having conversations, or listening to the radio and dancing/singing like nobody is watching. Enjoy some car karaoke. Even if Sue in the Blue Mini Cooper next to you is pretending not to watch but smirking.

During Meals

I'm so bad for this. As a result I'm now banning my phone from being on the table. At all.
I used to try to not look at it but just have it sat there on the table 'in case something urgent came up'.
Next thing you know, scrolling.

Now my phone isn't invited to dinner. It's not got good enough table manners. What's the worst that will happen if I don't answer it? They'll leave a voicemail if it's important, or they'll call back.

Meal times should be for conversations and eating.

Blogosphere Magazine Flat Lay with flowers and copper photo grid and no phone

In Bed

This one is a tricky one because I don't mean never ever in bed. But I mean first thing in the morning when I'm waking up and before I got to bed at night. 

These are two key times when I check my phone and either end up going to sleep at 1 am because I spent three hours scrolling or I've actually been late for work because I forgot the time whilst scrolling away and ended up stressed and tardy. I'm now trying to switch to reading before bed and getting straight up and doings things to keep me away from Social Media first thing.. although I'm finding the mornings are the hardest times to stay away.

In The Bathroom

I'm pretty sure that most people do this right, sit down, have a wee and scroll through Facebook?
If you don't, then please don't judge. Sometimes I forget where I am and what I'm supposed to be doing. It's not clean and needs to stop.

On Holiday

You spend a good amount of money travelling to a gorgeous destination and then end up asking 'What's the wifi password'. There's a beautiful city/beach/forest/mountain right next to you and rather than soaking it all in, you're scrolling. 

Now i'm the first person to start snapping away on my phone when I'm away and uploading to instagram but I want to cut down on the amount I scroll. I want to engage with my new surroundings and enjoy every single minute doing it. What's online can wait.

On my recent trip to Tignes in France, while I was still uploading my snaps, I definitely reduced the amount of time I spent scrolling through my feeds and focussed on being in the now and experiencing the trip that i'd paid good english pounds for.

Are you guilty of being addicted to scrolling too? Are you thinking of having a mini digital detox too? 

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