Most of us are guilty of waking up and immediately checking our phones. This actually isn’t good for us! “This robs us of the opportunity to start our morning with ourselves, away from the noise of the world,” Therapist Annisa Pirasteh explains. “We all deserve time at the start of the day to hear our own thoughts and feel our own feelings.” So how can we break this habit?
- Use an alarm clock that isn’t your phone. If you’re touching your phone first thing in the AM, it’s easy to get sucked in. Using an alarm clock gets rid of this temptation.
- Keep your phone in another room at night. If your phone isn’t your alarm clock, it doesn’t even need to be in your bedroom.
- Pick a morning ritual that lights you up. Do something first thing in the AM that you’ll look forward to doing, that will distract you from your phone. This could be going outside, reading a good book, journaling, etc.
- Change up your phone’s lock screen and home screen. Choose one that “encourages resistance” like an inspirational quote or a question.
- Set up app restrictions for the early A.M. hours. There are built-in settings on your phone, like ScreenTime/Downtown on iPhones and Digital Wellbeing/Focus Mode on Androids.
Source: Huffington Post