Email alerts, social media post notifications, and the Whatsapp broadcast messages you keep getting from chain message disciples you don’t want to block just yet. We can never seem to get freedom from those, it seems. Well, here’s an idea: take a break from your smartphone. Yes, break up with your darling phone.
I know. Smart devices have become an integral part of our daily existence but then also, studies have established that being connected for extended periods does take its toll on our physical and emotional health; with too much social media causing depression or aggravating already existing issues, and blue light from our devices’ screens sabotaging our attempt to enjoy a good night’s sleep, so, tell me… wont you rather go take a break for a while?
In this article, I’d offer a few suggestions I’ve lived by and found to be helpful. Hopefully, you’ll find some peace from applying them in your life too.
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1. Read a book
When was the last time you took time to honour the art of flipping through pages to read someone else’s well thought out ideas printed on paper?
Yes, you can read fresh news off the internet but really, how much of that “fresh” news ends up playing an important role in your decision making other than fueling some… needless gossip?
2. Go on an adventure
Get out and go take a better look at your surroundings, discover new places in your neighbourhood or community. Go find the other Hajia or Ameriya whose waakye joint you’ve been hearing about for a while. You may want to carry your smartphone along but only to use as a camera to capture memories. Remember, no internet connection distractions.
You’ll probably return to find an avalanche of notifications being thrown at you when you log back in, or you’ll get a handful of reminders why you need to take a break on the regular. Either way, going without the guaranteed distractions from your social media accounts can go a long way in helping you be extra productive with your day. Don’t let that chance slip away.
4. Get a ‘dumb’ phone that only makes calls
use that as an emergency phone and make it known to whom it may concern, that it’s only to be contacted when the information to be delivered is absolutely important. It’s that simple.
In conclusion, make an effort to not always be subject to the internet and all its perks which eventually become addictive distractions when not managed properly. Take a break. Take time out to live life without letting your smartphone become a baby who’s in need of constant attention from you.
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