An addiction is when the thing you are addicted to begins to control your life and interferes with your daily activities, work and relationships. The classic definition of an alcoholic is someone who wakes up to a cup of vodka instead of a cup of coffee. But, with the growth of technology, the signs of addiction can also be found in other locations besides the bottom of a glass, in the form of mobile phones.
If you find yourself checking your phone first thing in the morning, before you even get out of bed, you may be an addict. If you send text messages while driving, checks his phone instead of working on an important work or check Facebook during a romantic dinner, the phone sure is interfering with your life and you are an addict. So what can you do to stop being addicted to mobile phone?
The First 30 Minutes of Your Day
If you find yourself waking up in the morning by tightening the check-in of your phone before you even get out of bed, this is a serious problem. The first 30 minutes upon waking should be dedicated to the creation of a good start to your day. This means getting out of bed, freshen up, have 5 minutes to meditate and stretch and prepare a breakfast healthy. Start your day by doing positive things and healthy to build your fortress inside to face the day’s work rather than seeing how many new videos you received in WhatsApp.
Create Zones of Time Without the Phone
The truth of the matter is that having a cell phone close by at work is common and sometimes even necessary. If the ringing of your phone is work-related or not (the alert specific phone is rarely related to the current job at hand), if you are constantly distracted with your phone when you are out, you will not keep the focus on the work in front of you, decreasing productivity. For this reason, I advocate the creation of a zone of time without the phone. This means that for at least 2 hours of your day (when you’re most productive work happens) you close your phone and is totally dedicated to the job in front of you.
Turn Off Your Phone When You Get in the Car
Just like on an airplane you are invited to turn off their electronic devices and cell phones (although this is changing), this should be the law of the road. It is impossible for your mind to be in two places at the same time. It is a law of physics: two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time and if your mind and eyes are on your phone, they are not on the road. Driving is one of those places where you don’t want to mess with the phone. Sometimes I hear the excuse “Well, I need my phone for directions, my GPS is in it. To that I say: what the people did five years ago? You carefully traced your route before you leave home or you would pull to the side of the road while you looked for a world map. The same rule should be applied today. When driving, turn off your phone and leave it well away so that you’re not even tempted to look at it. Your life and the lives of other people are in the game.
Living in the Real World!
When you are with a life, real-life person sharing a conversation, a meal or a cup of coffee, they are a form of real life. A real person right there in front of you to get involved. You’re telling me that your virtual friends, and text chat virtual are more important than the person in real life in front of you? Not only this is the thing more rude of the planet, but it breaks up friendships and can ruin relationships. Even if you say to a friend “Oh, I just need to check this on mobile,” They may respond “Oh, OK…”. But the truth is that it is not OK. What you are saying is that the virtual message is more important than they are. They took the time out of your busy life to meet with you and share the time of real life with you. When you turn your attention away from them you are inevitably saying “You is not so important.” It really is a disease and we are so addicted to our phones that we ignore people that we are coming out with virtual people of the Facebook, Twitter and text messages. Come on guys, it’s time to get real.
Don’t Lose Sleep on Account of Your Mobile Device
If you find yourself up late at night playing on your phone, watching videos, Facebook or exchanging text messages you are losing sleep precious about his addiction. The moment you stop putting energy into taking care of their basic needs and pouring your time and energy on your phone, you’re allowing the phone to dictate your health and well -being. If you catch yourself in this scenario, my advice is to turn off your phone an hour before bed time to ensure that your last hour is spent in a meaningful way and that you go to bed on time to start the next day again. The phone is not something worth losing sleep.
Assuming Responsibility for Addiction
Now it is your turn. You find yourself in one of these scenarios? What is your plan of action to ensure that your phone isn’t dictating your life? Please share in the comments below and let’s inspire each other to live a life more healthy, more happy, more significant, for not only becoming dependent upon a phone.