Hi everyone! It’s Mindful Monday and today I am sharing a few suggestions
on how you can lessen the physical attachment you have to your phone.
I don’t know how it happened but we’ve gotten to a place as a society where we expect others to be accessible to us 24/7. It’s as if we are offended when someone doesn’t respond within what we deem to be an acceptable time frame. And the truth is, most of what we are expecting a response about can wait! It is not urgent but we treat it like it is and it’s not healthy.
Choose Times To Not Bring Your Phone With You.
For example the weather has been nice here so we’ve been going on walks as a family in the evenings. We’ve been leaving our phones at home. We’re all together. Who really needs to contact us during that hour? Allow yourself moments of detachment.
Other Ideas- Do you really need to bring your phone into the grocery store? The restaurant? To Church?
Don’t Have Your Phone In Your Room At Night.
Don’t have your phone in your room. We have chosen to place all our electronic devices in a docking station in our living room. We wake up to this alarm clock. It’s subtle and it has sound but the light is usually enough to wake us up. We have these in the kids rooms too and we use my daughters as an OK to wake tool.
Since ditching the phones in our room, my husband and I are able to give each other the first moments of contact in our day rather then allowing our phone to be the first thing we communicate with. After that I can go get the kids and make breakfast before I tell the outside world that my time is theirs.
I know, I know. It’s your alarm clock. You use it for safety. etc. For every excuse you make that you need your phone in your room there is a solution that proves you don’t.
I want to challenge you this week to take back some control of your day! For the next seven days, choose one hour that is sacred. If you’re already doing that, choose two! No electronics. Turn them off. Put them where you can’t see them. Live your life!
Let me know how it’s going in the comments and check back next week as I tackle another area of phone mindfulness.
Other Helpful Resources
- Video: Mindful Mondays Episode 1
- Quiz: How Attached To Your Phone Are You?
- Book: How To Break Up With Your Phone
- Article: What Your Smartphone Is Doing To Your Brain
From my home sweet home to yours,