HOW TO MAKE YOUR PHONE A STRESS-FREE ZONE
Phone giving you anxiety? Join the club.
MARIE KONDO YOUR INSTAGRAM
No one sets out to create stressful or anxiety-causing content. We all have different experiences and certain quotes, images or products can leave us feeling less than if we're not in the right mindset for them. Think hustle-culture, before and after photos and that photo of last week's hen party you forgot to be invited to.
One by one, go through every account you follow. Yes, this may take some time, but it’ll be worth it.
As you click through each account, ask yourself the following:
- Do I feel inspired?
- Do I feel happy?
- Does this make me feel good about myself?
We want you to shout yes every time.
- Does this content make me feel anxious?
- Does this content make me want to change something about myself?
- Does this content make me feel bad about myself?
- Is the information on this account false/ fear-mongering?
This goes without saying. Unfollow.
If you can’t unfollow, then simply mute the account. The same goes with Facebook too.
MUTE THE GROUP CHAT
Are there any contacts or groups occupying your WhatsApp that create a bit of a pit in your stomach every time you see the notification? We feel you.
From chronic complainers to being bothered outside of work hours, WhatsApp notifications are a new-age stressor. And I’m sure you've been there, checking your phone just before bed and being inundated with texts from your boss about tomorrows important meeting, disrupting that oh so important sleep. Repeat after us - Not. Worth. It.
Mute the groups or people that disrupt your state of calm or happiness. Alternatively, you can mute the whole app for the days when you really want to switch off. Make a promise to yourself to only check the app at certain points in the day, when you feel your best and most ready to take it on.
This way you’re being proactive rather than reactive. You’re assessing your mood and whether you can handle stress at that moment.
THE 9-9 RULE
The simplest rule yet the hardest to follow.
Commit to no phones from 9 PM until 9 AM the next morning. Pop it on aeroplane mode, either out of the room or out of sight. If you absolutely need it for an alarm or emergencies, be strict on yourself and leave it on the far side of your bedside table, or across the room.
Staying away from your phone whilst winding down is essential for optimal sleep hygiene. The blue light lowers melatonin (we love our blue-blocking glasses if we do need a quick glace) and checking emails before bed is far from a calming ritual. Likewise, checking your phone first thing can start the day off high alert, rather than allowing yourself time to focus on the day ahead and fully dive into your #peakwellness morning routine.
REPLACE WITH THE GOOD
We’re only human, and picking up our phones and scrolling has become a habit that we hardly think twice about. As with anything, simply deleting certain apps, limiting screen time and unfollowing a chunk of social media accounts may leave us wanting an alternative. Here are our favourites.
- Listen to audio-books, podcasts or consider buying a Kindle.
- Follow accounts that inspire and uplift you.
- Agree to a form of communication with friends that doesn’t have you checking the apps you’re trying to spend less time on, such as FaceTime, Zoom or just plain texting.
- Give your bookmarks a little rejig – highlight blogs, online publications and accounts that make your soul shine. Reach for those instead of mindlessly scrolling.
- Considering giving your photos a good old sort out. Delete any that have you thinking, “God, I wish I was still that slim”, or “I was so much happier back then” and keep the old photos that bring you joy and nostalgia.
- Head to the app store. Download mindfulness apps such as Calm, Head Space and Happy Not Perfect and start building the accommodation that your phone can be a tool for calm.
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