It’s no secret that we’re all addicted to our smartphones. We’re constantly checking our devices for new notifications, even when we know there’s nothing there. We feel lost without them, and we get anxious when we can’t find them. Our addiction is real, and it’s time to break the habit.
Here are 10 tips to help you break your smartphone addiction:
1. Keep your phone out of sight
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important. If you can’t see your phone, you can’t be tempted to check it every five minutes. So, keep it in your purse or in a drawer when you’re not using it.
2. Set specific times for phone use
If you allow yourself to use your phone whenever you want, you’re more likely to overdo it. So, set specific times for phone use and stick to them. For example, you could allow yourself to use your phone for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.
3. Do something else when you want to use your phone
When you get the urge to check your phone, do something else instead. Go for a walk, read a book, or call a friend. Distracting yourself will help you resist the urge to use your phone.
4. Keep your hands busy
If you’re finding it hard to resist the urge to use your phone, keep your hands busy. Play with a stress ball or put on a pair of gloves. This will help you keep your hands occupied so you’re less likely to reach for your phone.
5. Put your phone away when you’re with other people
When you’re with other people, put your phone away. This will help you focus on the conversation and the people you’re with. It’s also rude to be on your phone when you’re with someone else, so put it away out of courtesy.
6. Turn off notifications
One of the main reasons we’re addicted to our phones is because of notifications. Every time we get a new notification, our brain releases a small amount of dopamine, which is a feel-good chemical. So, turn off notifications for all but the most important apps. This way, you won’t be as tempted to check your phone all the time.
7. Delete social media apps
If social media is your main source of phone addiction, delete the apps from your phone. You can always access social media from a computer, so you’re not really missing out by deleting the apps.
8. Find a hobby
When you have a hobby, you’re less likely to be bored and reach for your phone. Find something you’re passionate about and make time for it in your schedule.
9. Take a break from your phone
If you’re really struggling to break your addiction, take a break from your phone. Go on a vacation where you won’t have phone service or leave your phone at home for a day. This will help you reset your relationship with your device.
10. Seek professional help
If you’ve tried all of these tips and you’re still struggling, seek professional help. There are therapists who specialize in helping people with phone addiction.
Breaking your smartphone addiction is possible, but it will take effort. Be patient with yourself and don’t expect to be perfect. Every little bit of progress is a step in the right direction.