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Phone: A Daily Need and Addiction

Beginning of 2016, I took a holiday and went to a remote part of India with no Wi-Fi connection and no gadgets with me. I needed to be in a place that was devoid of distractions, iPhone and social networks. It was going to be just Me with the inner Me. When I returned home, I made a list of the reasons why that was one of the most amazing trips of my life. Here are my reflections on that amazing adventure I took and I would personally recommend we all try it to take our life to a calmer, peaceful and more content space. For taking a step into the unknown where you are not going to be using your phones you need to prepare for in steps.

  1. Take baby steps – It is going to be tough for you to give up using your phone but you can start with small interventions. Sloane Davidson, a speaker, activist, and brand ambassador, has launched a movement called #DinnerMode. The name of Davidson’s movement is a verbal twist on the “airplane mode” you can set a phone to while in flight. Here’s how it works: Set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or 60 minutes. Challenge whomever you’re dining with to do the same. Make sure your phone’s screen is out of your sight. Turn it down on the table or put it away.hands-coffee-smartphone-technology

  2. Do not take your phone out while going out with friends – First of all we need to break free from the device and more importantly show respect for the people we are with. Inform your family members – If you plan to go this way make sure you inform your family members about your plans of not being reachable at all times. Otherwise they will get worried and you will be stressed.

  3. Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails and notifications – A lot of the mail we get we do not even bother to open it, as it is not of value to us. A great service you can do for yourself is to unsubscribe from all the unnecessary emails and notifications.2014-04-09-computerstressss

  4. Use an alarm clock – Do not use your phone as an alarm clock. We hear the alarm, pick up the phone and the next thing we do is to check our facebook and our email. A better option is to use an alarm clock and not keep your phone by your bedside.

  5. Intentionally keep your phone 10 metres away – for the time that you want to spend with your family members or quality time with yourself. You will be amazed how relaxed you will feel when you not constantly being disturbed by notifications.

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