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4 Tips to Disconnect from Your Phone

December 05, 2017

While being connected to the internet, your work and your friends 24/7 has its perks, using your phone too much can actually be bad for your health.

Researchers argue that too much phone screen time can increase stress levels, lead to sleep problems, exhaustion, procrastination and poorer concentration and memory skills.

Just spending a little less time each day on your phone can decrease these risks. Here are four tips to help you unplug:

1. Find out exactly how much time you spend looking at your phone.

Download an app, such as Moment for iPhone, or QualityTime for Android, to keep track of how much time you spend on your phone.

2. Turn off the notifications you don’t need.

These days, almost every app you download will send you notifications from time to time. They are an unnecessary distraction.

3. Don’t sleep with your phone in your bedroom.

When you wake up in the morning, grab a pen and paper and make a to-do list of real things you want to do during the day. Only after you’ve finished can you look at your phone.

4. Leave your phone in your bag or in your pocket when you’re around other people – don’t put it on the table.

If someone takes out their phone, politely ask them to put it away. Research shows that a phone on the table, even if it isn’t yours, can be distracting.