As promised in the last blog, I have compiled a list of 10 simple tips we can put into practice to help us stop getting distracted from important things, decrease our screen-time, and avoid higher risk of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other health issues.
It’s easier said than done, but trying at least some of the suggestions is sure to make a noticeable difference in your life.
So let’s take a look at how it can be done!
What you can do …
- When you’re working, turn off notifications so you don’t get distracted. Set aside specific times in the day to check your phone, and stick to it!
- When you need to concentrate on something important, it’s better not to have your smartphone within reach or sight. Out of sight, out of mind! This will enhance your ability to focus.
- Set yourself some social media-free times throughout your week. Maybe choose certain days or certain times when you don’t check your social media at all.
- Set yourself at least 30 minutes of screen-free time before bed, to help your body fully unwind so you can get a better sleep.
- Get an alarm clock in your bedroom and/or a watch. This will stop you from getting sidetracked when you check the time or switch off your alarm.
- Incorporate more exercise into your routine. Screen time breaks down brain connectivity, and exercise increases it. Being more active is also linked to lower risk of depression, anxiety and addiction, plus it helps improve sleep quality. It basically reverses a lot of the damage caused by screens!
- Try to follow nature’s day/night cycles. Artificial light throws off our body clock and leads to increased risk of depression and other health issues. Try to increase your exposure to natural sunlight in the day, and limit your screen time after it gets dark.
- Tone down the brightness level on your screens, and use a blue light filter or night mode. This helps to decrease the amount of melatonin-suppressing blue light you’re exposed to, and will help your body clock regulate.
- If your job is mostly screen-based, it’s a good idea to take regular breaks. Get up and walk around every now and then.
- Use an app, such as App Detox, to help track how much you use your phone. You can set rules for yourself to remind you how long you’ve been on each app, so you can then limit your usage.