Health & Wellness

Beating Your Smartphone Addiction

Living in the world of smart-phones and plenty of other technology, we tend to get attached at the hip to our devices. Yes, we do live in a digital age but we need to keep a healthy balance of how much time we spend on our smartphone and how much time we spend present, in the real world. If you find you spend too much time on your smartphone on a day to day basis, here are some tips and tricks to lower that time.

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Stop using your phone after a certain hour

They say you shouldn’t eat three hours before you go to bed because your body will not be able to properly digest the food. Apply this same rule to your smartphone: set a time where you will not check your phone. This will give you mind and body some time to relax and refresh. Also, by not looking at a screen two to three hours before you go to bed, you will get a better sleep.

Don’t use your phone as an alarm clock

I’m sure many of us use our phones as an alarm clock. Next thing you know, you’re checking your phone right after you wake up. Use a real alarm, let your mind and body wake up and fully prepare for the day instead of bombarding it with a bright screen and an overwhelming number of emails and texts. Those can wait until your day starts.

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Resist the urge

Your brain might have the urge to reach out and check your phone but keep in mind that you are not your brain. Make the choice to not respond to its immediate wants when it comes to your phone.

Replace the habit of being constantly on your phone with something else

By replacing your phone with another item, you will find you are less likely to constantly be on your phone. For instance, instead of checking your phone at night before you go to bed, replace your phone with a book! Your brain, creativity, and spirit will thank you.

Keep your phone away from your body

I always keep my phone in my hand no matter where I go or what I do. By doing this, it allows me to easily check my phone wherever I am and avoid talking to people around me or being aware of my surroundings. If you have similar tendencies, put your phone in your backpack or bag. This makes a world of a difference; Just try it out.

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No devices at meals

Focus on what you are putting in your body during your meals. Also focus on socializing whoever you are having a meal with. Have fun with it – make a bet with your friends that whoever touches their phone first treats everyone else at the table 😉 The desire for free lunch just might win out over answering that not-so-urgent text.

Remind yourself of what truly matters

Last, but not least, remind yourself to not constantly be on your phone. I know, easier said than done. It will be hard at first until you get into the habit of things. Remind yourself not to constantly get sucked into the world of social media and texting. Remember that there is a beautiful world around you.

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Try to apply these tips and tricks one at a time on a day to day basis, and let us know what works for you!

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Janine Maral
Third-year Journalism student at Ryerson University and multimedia storyteller for RU Student Life. I like to spend my free time blogging, on youtube, making guacamole, and listening to podcasts.