Reduce Smartphone Stress

1. Tune in to overuse: If nothing — not even family — comes between you and your smartphone, it’s time to rethink your priorities.

2. End your digital day earlier: Instead of scanning texts and checking email in bed, try meditation, deep breathing or listening to soothing music to prepare for sleep.

3. Be reasonable: If you check text messages at stoplights, you might have a problem. Ask yourself, “Can it wait?” Usually the answer is “Yes.”

4. Give it a rest: Consider designating a no-device day — or at least a few no-device hours — every day.

5. Find the off button:  If the constant “ding” of alert messages triggers stress for you, turn your phone off (or down).

6. If all else fails, breathe: Whenever you feel like you’re overdoing something — Slow down your breathing to six breaths a minute, which calms down your inner physiology.

“Anything can be abused, even a smartphone.” Dale Archer, M.D.

 

Posted on August 25, 2016 and filed under wellness.