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!