I am addicted to my phone. Like I literally can not be without it. I’m not big on talking on the phone but I’m always texting and checking social media every 2 seconds. It was a huge addiction.
Until my phone decided being my sidekick was too much for it to handle. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was coming home from grocery shopping. As I was running up the stairs to my apartment my phone decided it no longer wanted to live. It flew out of my pocket and smashed right smack into the pavement. I got there too late. My sidekick was gone.
But I know I didn’t treat it right. My phone could have been saved. I never protected it with a phone case. Like ever. I have the Gold Galaxy S7 and I didn’t like covering up the back. But I learned my lesson this time around and immediately headed over to Amazon to get myself a case.
It’s cute right? It doubles as a wallet and right now it’s been doing the job. If you want it you can get it here. Just don’t get the same color as me. Lol. Kidding 🙂
Okay, enough of the dramatics. You get the point.
Getting a new phone was no biggie. I could’ve easily called AT&T and had a replacement phone within 2 days. However, I decided I needed a break from my phone. I knew I was addicted to it and wanted to see how I would live without it. So I spent almost a month without a phone. And it felt SO good. However, the way my life is set up I can’t function in my responsibilities without a phone so I eventually had to get one. But I learned so much during that short lived season.
I didn’t know I could. But I did. As I disclaimer, I do have a android tablet. But for some reason using social media on my tablet was weird for me so I didn’t do it as much as I would on my phone. I live alone so I used TextFree so my family wouldn’t be worried. I only gave the number to my immediate family, my boo, and 2 of my closest friends. That was it. Everyone else was sent to email.
How I’m Applying It: Simply put, it’s no longer attached to my hip. If I’m in my bedroom I can leave my phone in the kitchen without a care in the world. I’m proud of me.
Prior to this experiment, I NEVER turned off my phone. The only time it’s off is when the battery dies but I never willingly turn it off. During this time I learned that it’s okay to turn off my phone. In fact, it’s healthy. I found myself less stressed without my phone. I always have this weird feeling that I’m going to miss something important if I turn it off. But, you know what happened when I didn’t have my phone for almost a month? When I finally got my phone all of my messages from the days I didn’t have a phone were still received. I didn’t miss a thing. Magic!
How I’m Applying It: It’s still a work in progress but I’m getting into the habit of turning off my phone once a week. Even if it’s just for a few hours. That rest from your phone can do wonders for you mentally.
Because my phone is attached to my hip I always feel the need to respond to messages as soon as they come in. As soon as I hear a notification I’m picking up my phone to look at it. And my friends know that I’m constantly with my phone because if I don’t respond on time I hear “But you always have your phone on you though.” SMH. I realized being seen as easily accessible can be a good and bad thing. It’s okay to let a message sit for a while, especially if it’s not that important. That’s why it’s a message. You get to it when you can.
How I’m Applying It: I let messages sit. It’s not because I don’t care or because the person isn’t important. It’s simply because I need to rid myself of that impulsive need to respond the second a message comes in. I no longer pick up my phone as soon as it makes a sound. I think that’s progress! In the same light, I no longer expect others to respond to me immediately.
Are you addicted to your phone? Hope these quick tips will help you break your addiction like it’s doing for me. Still a work in progress but I’m getting there!