Secrets To Combat Your Fear of Changing Your Screen Time Habits
Fear gets to the best of us, whether it’s fear of failure, fear of success, or even fear of missing out. FOMO! All of us have experienced fear at some point and it can be a real stumbling block that keeps us from being truly successful. There are several ways to overcome your fears of changing your habits, here are some that might help:
1. IDENTIFY THE TRIGGERS
Figure out where, when and what triggers you. Identifying your triggers helps you learn how to combat them. Ex. Are you stopping yourself from removing the notifications or buzzing from your phone because you are afraid of missing out on something?
2. KNOW WHERE FEAR LIVES IN YOUR BODY
A lot of times, fear takes over physically. Identify if/how triggers affect your physical body. Do you get tense and stressed when you can’t answer or look at your phone in a meeting? Are you afraid you are going to miss something important? How can you eliminate the triggers that cause your fear of missing out? Ex: if you feel tense and stressed when you hear the buzz or ding of your phone while in a meeting, you can start a habit of turning your phone off to avoid the tension and stress. It takes 5 seconds to turn your phone off and back on. Use going through the doorway or logging into the meeting as your trigger.
3. IS THE GLASS HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY
Perception is a very powerful thing, and how you feel about your situation dictates how you respond. When you think positively you’ll give yourself a much better chance of success. This won’t happen overnight; practice with just one thought. What is one recurring negative/fearful thought you have? Focus on what you are gaining with your new habit instead of fearing what you are losing. Are you afraid to miss something if you leave your phone at home, when going for a half hour walk? Think about the peaceful walk you will have without the stress of responding to people on your walk.
4. CREATE A SAFE SPACE
Find or create a safe area that is a screen-free zone. You can retreat to that space when you’re not feeling so great. A great place is your bedroom. You will fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and avoid the stress of waking up in the middle of the night to look at your phone.
Please keep in mind, these are just 4 strategies, not everything works for everyone. But this is a place to start. Start implementing these techniques into your life and don’t let fear hold you back from reaching your goals and your highest potential!
So how do goals help your screen time health?
Here is what goal setting gives you:
While it can be fun to live without direction for your screen use in the short term, in the long term a purpose and direction for your screen use will significantly improve the quality of your life.
It’s often easy to let others or technology set your direction for you. You use social media accounts because family or friends do. You download an app because popular culture or the media tells you to do so. If you don’t set your screen use goals, you let outside forces control you. This can lead to stress and unhappiness. You have a greater chance of happiness when you intentionally plan out your use of screens.
Goals also motivate you to get you through difficult times and choices. Maybe reducing your use of social media or leaving your phone out-of-sight may be stressful and difficult in the short term, but in the long run, having more time for other fun activities or having more quality time with family and friends will make it worthwhile.
Screen time goals also put you in control of what you want to accomplish with your screen use. For some people, the goal might be to get better sleep at night, while for others the goal might be to free up some time to do other fun activities. If you do not set goals that are unique to you, it’s easy to become sidetracked by life and others.
Screen time goals can also help you save time. When your "To Do" list becomes too long and your calendar is too full, then you can come back to your goals and eliminate what doesn’t fit. What items help you achieve your goal? What items are necessary to your goal? Scratch off the rest as unimportant.
Just as screen time goals save time they also reduce stress. Regularly referring to your goals will focus your life and choices suddenly become easier to make. Should you watch that extra 30 minute episode instead of going for a walk? Do you really need to check your emails before going to bed?
Finally, goals give you a way to measure your accomplishments. Every goal you achieve, every step you take toward that goal, can give you a boost of energy and momentum to keep going. Each success powers you toward the next level of success.
Now go out and set your screen time goals!
Do you have healthy screen time habits? Do you ignore your friends and family a little too much…………. or a lot! Have you ever gone to lunch or dinner with a friend and they keep checking their phone? It doesn't feel that great huh?
Maybe you’re suffering from neck pain or dry itchy eyes from too much screen time. Is it from too much screen time? How do you know? Where do you even find out?
One of the best ways to find out if you have healthy screen time habits is to take a look at how you interact with screens. Assessing your screen habits is an important first step in targeting which habits to change. Knowing where to start is half the battle! Get your free assessment at www.screentimehealth.com.
Stop pushing it off and start now! Get the free assessment and fill it out. It’s easy and quick to do. Compare your score to the guide that’s included. Then……...you’ll know. You’ll know if you have healthy screen time habits. What if you don’t have healthy habits? Yikes!
You’re Not Alone
There are many people who struggle with their screen time. You’re not alone. Some people decide to have a go at it alone. That’s ok………..but you don’t have to. I can help you get there. Included with the assessment are some tips to help……...like why you should go to bed alone. What? Find out why, with the Tips sheet at www.screentimehealth.com.
Have an awesome day!