I’m addicted to my phone. When I wake up, the first thing treated to my dishevelled hair is my phone, and then after a few minutes — or twenty — of scrolling, I’ll wish my bf good morning. If it’s a weekend, you can find me scrolling through the social media apps until laying in bed isn’t comfy anymore.
I used to think that I was attached to my phone more when I was younger, but now that I’m home more frequently, and there’s not much else for me to do other than clean, I notice how often I’m scrolling through feeds. I could be heading into another room to grab something and carry my phone with me. What could I possibly need to do in those few seconds I step into another room? Check-in with my billion followers on Instagram? Send out a tweet that I walked to the kitchen for a snack? It’s ridiculous.
Before I sat down to write this, I was scrolling on TikTok for a solid hour — even after I was outside enjoying the fresh air with my dog. I realized this was a huge issue that I need to work on, so I did what any other person would do; I googled why I shouldn’t get my phone within the first few hours of waking up (let’s ignore the fact that I used my phone to do said googling). I came across a helpful article called 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Check Your Phone Within 1 Hour of Waking Up, written by Jari Roomer. I was seeking advice and inspiration to help kick this habit.
To start, you shouldn’t check your phone because it increases stress and anxiety — which I think we all have enough of these days. In other words, you’re more likely to feel stressed or anxious about the day ahead of you. The best way to overcome this would be to relax and enjoy waking up without feeling rushed.
Roomer argues that your phone hijacks your time. Once you start going through emails from work, your brain is in pilot mode to begin working. When you give your time away for free, you’re stuck not thinking about your own goals, and instead, you’re thinking about what you have to do for someone else.
Finally, you’re distracted for the remainder of the day. Say goodbye to a productive workday because you’re going to be thinking about your phone or social media every second you can find. After you’ve woken up and read too much information, it now interferes with how you prioritize tasks. Since you looked at your phone, your ability to focus is now very difficult. When I’m working from home, I’m free from worrying about how much data I’m using because I’m continually using wi-fi.
The time I spend on my phone could be used for things that actually bring me joy: I could be going for a nice walk outside, listening to a favourite podcast of mine, cleaning some small thing in my house, or taking the time to make a delicious lunch. Roomer even mentioned journaling; I wrote about journaling before, and now it’s time to start again.
If there’s anything I can recommend after reading this article, I would suggest that you take the time to take care of yourself. I know that this isn’t something new, and we’ve always been aware of how much time we spend on our phones, but after realizing it and seeing how it affects my mental health, I wanted to do something about it. I’m more tired, and I don’t give myself a break from anything because I’m constantly wondering what’s going on in the social media world. My new goal is to turn my phone on airplane mode before I go to bed so that I’m not curious to check my messages the first seconds I wake up. If all else fails, I’ll dig up my old handy dandy alarm clock and leave my phone in the next room. We’ll see how this goes.