It is twenty first century and the world revolves around technology. The world runs and strives for technology because it makes things so much easier for us. We have access to any relevant information at our fingertips, tools to use that information readily at our disposal. Eliminating the need for the manpower and long hours of effort. And not to mention, much more efficient and remarkable. Take, for example, cellphones.
Quite possibly one of the most important inventions ever created. Helps us connect to someone around the world. Helps up pull any information from the internet in a matter of seconds. You can make phone calls, video calls, watch entertainment videos and play games. And you can do it from anywhere.
Smartphones have definitely made life very easy but it has also made us become addicted, too dependent on them. And as such, everything comes with pros and cons.
Anything is bad if done in excess.
As mentioned above, phones have become very important. Our whole lives revolve around them. We feel the need to have a phone on us at all times. Because it helps us connect with people easily.
It helps us stay in touch with what is happening around the world and it definitely helps make our work easier since everything we need to do can now be done on a phone. It is a technological marvel. And yet, it is just as harmful as it is useful. How? Simply put, the dependency on our phones has made us addicted. We rely on phones for everything we do in our day to day life.
Excessively being glued to the screen has many issues. Feelings of anxiety when you don’t have your phone with you. Or not being able to check it every five minutes. Due to which you can also develop sleeping disorders.
It has known to change brain activity and in extreme cases, be a cause of depression. Being on your cellphone constantly dulls the creative part of your mind limits actual social interaction with other beings to the point you start to dread. All that sounds horrible.
Ways to start the cutting down process.
There are plenty of things you can do to cut down on screen time and reduce your cellphone usage. Various things to keep you occupied, boost productivity and give your mind what it needs:
- Cutting down on the time
Start managing your screen time. Which means reducing the number of times you check your phone, the amount you spend on your phone. Start by putting up a limit on your most used applications like Social Media.
Dedicate a little time out of the day to give to apps like Facebook and Instagram. Stop using your phone when you go to the bathroom or go to the dinner table. Don’t check work-related mail too much as it will just give you stress unless absolutely necessary.
- Indulging in different activities
Take part in different activities that stimulate your mind. Anything to keep you distracted and keep you busy. Here is a couple of things I found quite useful:
Art. It has always been a good stress reliever for a lot of people. Painting, dancing, music. It has always been a form of expression.
If you are not the creative type, then a certain type of painting is best for you. 5D Diamond Painting. A new art form gaining popularity among enthusiasts. It is a DIY crafting project that does not require prior experience. Diamond painting is done through brightly colored resins cut in the shape of a diamond that you carefully stick on a canvas using a color guide that comes with it.
It requires focus and is time consuming but that’s the best part. When you are finished, you have a beautiful painting that shines under light and gives a feeling of pride and accomplishment.
Start reading. Start by picking up the daily newspaper with your morning cup of coffee. It’ll help keep you informed with what is going on around you.
A good source of information. Move on to books. Pick a book about what interests you. Eventually, you will develop the habit. You can take your book with you anywhere.
Go running. Physical exercise has been known to give your mind and body the exertion it needs. It will keep you on your feet, literally.
It will also help you feel better and be more outgoing and confident as it comes with achievement.