I love this topic! It goes nicely with the themes I dedicated the month of June to: RESET, up-level our self-care, and let’s dream again.
I was purchasing a book on Amazon the other day and this came up as a recommendation: “How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life.” —Gotta love that! Right?
The title alone caught my attention fast. I had to check it out. I liked what I read, so I bought it. Now I’m sharing this with you since it aligns so well with enhancing your life.
I just started reading this weekend. It is a quirky yet extremely honest look at the good and not-so-good realities of our relationship with our phone. I encourage you to take a moment and think about this. We go nowhere without our phones.
Catherine Price, the author, comes from an interesting angle in that we are in relationship with our phones in an unusual way. They are designed to create an addiction by inducing dopamine. However, there are lots of reasons to love our smartphones for the conveniences, time-saving, and innovative ways it serves us.
She writes, “Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely?”
Take a look at the gist of her message. It’s worth examining:
We may have not stopped to really think about what spending so many hours engaged with our devices might be doing to our brains or whether a device designed as a way to connect us might actually be driving us apart. (good point)
Breaking up with your phone means giving yourself a chance to stop and think. It means which parts of your relationship are working and which ones are not. (I enjoy how she refers to this as a relationship much like what I advocate with your money).
It means setting boundaries between your offline and online lives. It means becoming conscious of how and why you use your phone –and recognizing that your phone is manipulating how and why you use it. It means undoing the effects your phone has had on your brain. It means prioritizing real-life relationships over those that take place on screens.
Breaking up with your phone means you give yourself space, freedom, and tools necessary to create a new, healthy relationship with it, one that keeps you what you love about your phone and gets rid of what you don’t. A relationship that makes you feel healthy, happy, and in control.
Catherine states phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. She advocates taking back control of your life.
Sounds good to me. Here’s the book to purchase. It’s easy reading for a potentially life-altering topic.
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Loads of gratitude,