Managing Your Digital Boundaries For Your Mental Health And Relationships

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

Smartphone addiction. Young tired female looking at her mobile phone screen, lying in bed late at night, scrolling her social media news feed

Do you find yourself looking at your phone as soon as you wake up?

Mindless scrolling, endless memes, late night email checking, liking pictures of the girl you went to school with age 5 and haven’t seen since….

It all adds up into a whole load of wasted time and brain-numbing activity which ultimately can have detrimental effects on our mental health, productivity and your relationships.

Here are my top 7 ways to improve your mental health, productivity, and relationships by setting digital boundaries.

1) Instead of immediately grabbing your phone, try starting your day with a few minutes of mindfulness or meditation to set a positive tone for the rest of the day 🧘‍♀️

Take a few deep breaths, stretch your body, or write down a few things you’re grateful for.

2) When you do finally check your phone, be intentional about the information you consume 🤓

Choose to follow accounts that inspire you, educate you, or make you laugh. Avoid content that triggers negative emotions or leaves you feeling drained.

3) Monitor your screen time ⏱

Get a good reality check of how much unnecessary time you are spending on your phone, it might be the wake up call you need.

4) Creating boundaries around phone usage can also be helpful 📱

Set aside specific times of day to check your phone, and avoid using it during meals, family time, or other important activities.

5) Reflect on how it makes you feel 🤔

Ask yourself some questions like; How does it affect your day when you wake up to your phone?

Ask yourself why do I feel the need to check my Instagram feed?

Am I happy with how much content on my phone I am consuming before bed?

6) Re-address what you want to use your phone for 👇

Delete or move to the back page the apps that you don’t want to subconsciously be looking at during the day.

7) Finally, remember that it’s okay to take a break from technology altogether 📖

Spend time outdoors, read a book, or engage in a hobby that brings you joy.

Maybe even dedicate some nights to ‘phone free’ evenings.

Final Thoughts

I recommend revisiting these steps once a week or at least once a month to remind yourself to take a mental break from all the content we consume on our phones.

This will allow you to refocus on what important in life…

I hope these simple and practical steps help you to clear some space in your mind from the constant information and distractions being pushed towards us by our phones.

That’s all for this week folks!

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