1. Timers are your friend! It doesn’t have to be a fancy timer. Use the one on your stove, set one on your watch or buy a small inexpensive one. Set your timer before you start scrolling through your social media. Set your timer for 10, 15, heck even 30 minutes if you want but limit your screen time for social media use. The timer will wake you up out of your screen coma and you can get back into your other daily activities. Another idea is to scroll through your social media when you are waiting in line at the supermarket or waiting at the dentist. If you're struggling with your social media use, it’s important to plan how and when you use it!
2. Get charging out of your bedroom! It’s very common for people to charge their phones on their night tables, right next to their beds. Experts recommend 6-8 hours of sleep per night. That can’t happen if your phone is buzzing or the screen turns on in the middle of the night. You’re also more likely to use your phone while in bed which will decrease your melatonin levels responsible for sleep. Sleeping is the time for our bodies and minds not just to rest, but to rejuvenate.
3. Turn it off! The convenience that cell phones have added to our lives can actually be a double-edged sword. We depend on them so much, it seems we can’t live without them. Our minds are constantly filled with news, social media, emails, etc. so it’s nearly impossible for us to settle down. Turn your phone off or silence it and put it in another room. Start with 30 minutes at home, then 1 hour then…….you get it. Once you can do that….oh my…...leave home without it! WHAT???? Yes, try it, you’ll see, your world will be ok. You may even find it liberating!
Well, that’s it for now my friends.
Keep working on those screen time habits!