Friday, February 15, 2013

Addicted to your Mobile Phone?

I am! It is a shame, but it is true. I am addicted to my mobile phone. I can't go a few minutes without checking something on it. Are these things I am checking all that important? Of course not. It is an addiction.

I took measures into my own hands. I had to do an intervention for myself. I went into the notifications section and changed my notifications. I would get a buzz or vibration for every email. I get over 100 emails a day. That's a lot of buzzing.

My kids don't understand my fixation on my phone. Quite frankly, I don't either. Why do I feel it is so important to check my email or Facebook at every stoplight? I think my first step to changing this pattern is to eliminate the notifications which I have already done. I took the first step into minimizing my addiction. I am going to get my life back.

I ran across this article which really resonated with me. Tony Cronin gets it right in his article on the website Mind Body Green. Take his simple quiz and see if you are on your mobile too often. He proceeds to give you tips on weaning yourself off the mobile.

Our days are busy enough, we don't need to spend every little free second checking our phones. Take advantage of those times to meditate, do yoga, take a walk, play with the kids, reflect, and reconnect with people.

This is going to be difficult for me, but I am giving it my all. In addition, I am trying to only check my email twice a day. I might have to keep you posted on this one as I need support in this department.

1 comment:

yourfriendrobin said...

Good for you!! This is very wise... I feel like I'm getting addicted to my phone, too. Email, too, but not especially. I just always want to refresh everything- and I know it's not important. Maybe I need to start setting some limits for myself, too.