Do You Suffer from Nomophobia? Here’s What You Can Do About It
Are you one of the many people who experience anxiety or even panic when you can’t find your phone, or when your battery is running low? If so, you may be suffering from nomophobia, a new term used to describe the fear of being without your mobile phone.
Nomophobia is a relatively new phenomenon, and one that is only likely to increase as our reliance on mobile technology grows. A survey conducted in the UK in 2012 found that 66% of people felt anxious when they misplaced their phone, while another study found that 47% of people would rather go without sex than give up their phone.
So what can you do if you think you might be suffering from nomophobia?
First, it’s important to try and identify the situations that trigger your anxiety. Is it when you can’t find your phone, when your battery is running low, or when you don’t have reception? Once you know what triggers your anxiety, you can start to take steps to avoid those situations.
If you’re worried about losing your phone, make sure you always know where it is by keeping it in the same place when you’re not using it. If you’re worried about your battery running out, keep a charger with you at all times, or invest in a portable charger. And if you’re worried about not having reception, make sure you always have a backup plan, such as keeping a map of your local area on your phone so you can find your way if you get lost.
If you find it difficult to avoid the situations that trigger your anxiety, there are some other things you can do to help manage your nomophobia.
Try and stay present in the moment and focus on what you’re doing, rather than on your phone. This can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that you’re more likely to lose your phone if you’re not paying attention to it.
Try and take regular breaks from your phone, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will help you to appreciate the time you do have with your phone, and it will also give you a chance to recharge your battery.
And finally, remember that you can always ask for help if you’re struggling to cope with your nomophobia. There are many support groups available online, and your GP may also be able to help you if you’re finding it difficult to manage your anxiety.