I have a confession. I am addicted to my phone, and all the excitement and anxiety that comes with it. I am guilty of scrolling social media, and getting lost down the rabbit hole of caring about people that I know I will never meet. I know I’m not alone, but that still doesn’t make it ok.
In addition to being a complete waste of time, I was also noticing that I would reach for my phone while in the company of family and friends. As if that stranger on Instagram was more important than my loved ones in front of me.
The other thing that I have been struggling with is my focus and concentration. I was starting to feel like a hamster, I would concentrate for a few minutes, and then feel like ‘there is something else that I need to be doing right now’, so of course I would check my phone for those addictive little notifications. My memory and retention were also going downhill, and it was quite frankly scaring me.
I have tried various tactics to use my phone less, but none of them really stuck. So, I decided to take it on as a monthly challenge. I deleted all social media from my phone, and I also blocked the browsers on my phone so I can’t access them. I kept my accounts, and I can log-in on my computer if needed. I also kept Facebook "messenger" installed on my phone, since it is used for communication with friends, not mindless browsing.
The Challenges? Honestly none!
I’m as shocked as you are. I think being able to keep social media on my computer has still allowed me to feel connected, but I am never inclined to go on my computer and scroll through Facebook the way I would on my phone. I will spend a couple of minutes on there before realizing that there are so many other things I would like to be doing.
The Benefits? So many!
I am so much more at peace, and I will now go hours without even knowing where my phone is in the house. When I do log on to social media, I can’t understand how I would have spent so much time on there in the past. I actually feel like I have more hours in the day. How amazing is that!?
When I’m with friends, my phone is almost always tucked away now, and I am starting to feel much more present and mindful.
Instead of social media, I have installed various news sources, and the New York Times Crossword puzzles, to help keep my brain active instead of passive. My focus is starting to improve, and I’m hoping that over time I will continue to see benefits for my brain function.
Pass it On..
After telling people about my monthly challenge, I was surprised to see how many people also started deleting their social media apps. It seems as if everyone wants to do it, but just needs an excuse to make that first step.
Give it a try! You might actually create more hours in your day!
Next Month’s Challenge: Meditate every day for 30 days.
This one is going to be really hard for me. As important as I think meditation is, I haven’t been able to make it a part of my routine..yet. Here’s to finally making that happen!