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7 Good Reasons To Make You Turn Off Your Smartphone Now

7 Good Reasons To Make You Turn Off Your Smartphone Now

From smartphone notifications to phone calls from the office, your smartphone may seem like it’s doing a great job at keeping you on top of your business and personal life. However, in reality, it is simply doing so while also adding on stress. With the clutter of social media, like Facebook, also being added to the mix, could stepping away from your smartphone actually do more good in making you more productive? There are others who may say that the time away from your smartphone can add stress to your life. Regardless of your view, we will take a look at seven reasons smartphone detoxing is a good thing.

Improving Your Sleep

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    Any form of stimuli right before bed can affect the way that you are sleeping through the night. Unplugging yourself from your smartphone will offer you less of a temptation to want to connect right before bed. As many smartphone users know, it is so easy to check email and Facebook right before bed, and to catch up on what you missed right when you wake up the next day. This resting of the brain is coupled with the recommendation to also cut out television and bright lights at least an hour and a half before you hit the sheets.

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    Enhanced Memory

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      A smartphone is considered a second brain for many individuals. It is the place where they keep information that they would otherwise be unable to remember on their own. When you cut out the smartphone in this equation, you are forced to have to remember things using your own brain or to fall back on more traditional note-taking methods. In the end, this will enhance your brain to remember more information and for faster recall in the long run.

      Solidified Social Interactions

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        In a post-Facebook world, friendships are given a new definition. A friend is now any form of a connection you may have after *possibly* meeting at least once or twice. When you cut out the smartphone in this equation and by proxy lessen your involvement on social media websites, you are able to have meaningful connections with individuals. The individuals who will truly be a connection for you will be those who are in your vicinity and you will be able to tune out those who you may not find are truly in your life.

        Increased Efficiency

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          Cutting down on your smartphone usage will allow you to tackle more important issues tactfully and efficiency. You become efficient because you don’t have issues that arise such as the need to charge your device, storage being full, applications crashing, and loading times. In addition, instead of waiting for a message reply, you will be more prompted to meet with individuals face-to-face. All in all, this will allow you to distinguish between a true emergency situation and one that can truly wait or be solved in person.

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          Become More Resourceful

          Without resources from your smartphone being readily available at your disposal, you will find yourself becoming more resourceful in how you are able to tackle problems that you may encounter. Instead of simply looking online to find information about something, you may check out resources like other individuals or books to find the information that you need to know. This, as hinted above, will also spark you to want to only find information that needs to be figured out, not simply something you want to know as a fun fact.

          Less Stress Overall

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            In the end, you will find it nice to not have to deal with the constant flow of both necessary and unnecessary information being sent to your device. The ability to also not have to care about maintaining an expensive device is a great incentive to detach yourself from your smartphone as well. This amount of stress that is lifted from your shoulders is enough to make any individual want to detach themselves from their phone for at least a day or so.

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            Able To Make Necessary Adjustments

            Once you have made yourself detached from your phone, you are able to find out what necessary adjustments you can make in choosing which features you truly need in a phone and what you can do without. You may find that you don’t need a certain program or feature that is the main selling point of your smartphone after all. This can be what prompts you to make a device change, which can be simpler and even cheaper in monthly payments.

            Let us know in the comments below which incentive you find best draws you to detach from your smartphone.

            Featured photo credit: Huffington Post via i.huffpost.com

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            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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