Want to know how to feel less stressed about all the things you need to get done on a daily basis? Do you feel like you could use a few extra minutes here and there?
Here’s an EXTREMELY simple trick: PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE.
No, I’m not talking about getting rid of your smartphone forever. I’m simply talking about making 1 simple change: instead of checking social media or your email when you have a few spare minutes, use that time for something else.
Author Laura Vanderkam studied 900 people with full-time jobs, and unearthed some interesting facts: although all of them were “busy” people, those who spent spare minutes reflecting, meditating, or journaling felt less stressed about their time than those who checked their phones often.
Relax and Reflect!
You may not have realized the impact that taking a few minutes to relax and reflect can have on your brain. Stepping out into the sun to breathe some fresh air, or spending a few minutes in prayer can have an amazing calming effect. When you allow your mind to relax and meditate on something pleasant, like a favorite verse or the smell of the flowers outside, you’ll find it easier to refocus when it’s time to get on to the next task.
On the other hand, constant cell phone use has been proven to harm instead of help. A study conducted by Dr. Nancy Cheever at California State University found that most people’s stress hormone levels actually rise when they hear their phone ring. This means their heart rate is higher and they perspire more, and they may feel anxious. Excessive cell phone use is also linked to sleep disturbances and eye strain.
So, the next time you have some spare time, go ahead and grab a notebook, or even a snack instead of your cell phone. Reflect on what you’ve accomplished during the day, instead of your Facebook friend’s post about her political views, or the headline about the latest tragedy.
Other Reasons to Use Your Cell Phone Less
1. YOU’LL HAVE “EXTRA TIME”
Just think of how many “extra” minutes you can gain by not checking your social media feed every hour. There’s a good reason why many employers ban cell phones from the workplace— without them, productivity increases and there’s less chance of an employee making a mistake because she’s distracted by her phone.
2. YOU’LL BREAK “THE CYCLE”
The more you check your phone and respond instantly to every message you get, the more often people will expect you to do so. They may even get upset when you don’t respond for a while! Break that cycle by not checking your messages so often. Don’t place your phone nearby you while you work, and ask your loved ones to call you if they need to tell you something important.
3. YOU’LL BE MORE OBSERVANT
Without your nose pointed down at your phone, you’ll be free to observe what’s going on around you! You’ll avoid unfortunate accidents that happened to these people, who were distracted by their phones.
4. YOU’LL TALK WITH OTHER PEOPLE MORE
Unfortunately, cell phones have made some of us less likely to speak with others, since we can find out everything we want to know about their lives simply by clicking Facebook and Instagram. This is heartbreaking, considering the fact that God created us to enjoy fellowship with others (Hebrews 10:24-25).
In conclusion, this simple trick can have a BIG impact on your life. Even if you’re not sure whether it will make a difference, try it out for at least a day. You’ll find that the rewards are well worth any “inconveniences” it may cause you!Share this post: