We know this is a little ironic coming from a digital agency, but at Digital Works, we understand the importance of prioritizing our mental health. Whether we like it or not, there is a strong link between the amount of time we spend on our phones and the negative impacts on our mental health. Did you know the average Brit checks their phone 28 times a day? And that’s if you DON’T work in social media! It’s important to remember that while the digital age has improved many elements of daily life, there is much to be said for time away from our screens. Here are 5 tips to help you reduce your screen time.
Out of sight, out of mind
It might sound obvious, but how many times have you made a conscious effort to have your phone in a separate room to where you are? If you can’t hear the constant pinging of notifications, you’re less likely to interrupt your conversations, allowing for more quality time to connect with your friends and family.
Embrace the great outdoors
When it’s raining or heading into winter, the last thing many of us want to do is put on a coat and brave the British weather. But fresh air is SO good for both our physical and mental wellness. Half an hour walking around an autumnal park can work wonders on your mood – and try to resist the urge to take that perfect Instagram shot of the crunchy leaves. Some experiences are better lived in the moment.
Plan a trip
Gigs. Exhibitions. Beaches. Fitness classes. Stand-up comedy. Christmas markets. There’s always something going on! Spend a little time researching what’s happening in your area and plan your weekends a couple of weeks in advance. Much of the time we spend scrolling aimlessly through our social feeds is due to feeling at a loss with what to do with ourselves. For you Londoners out there, this is a great place to start!
Turn boredom into self-development
This is no exaggeration – there are thousands upon THOUSANDS of podcasts available now. From news, business and comedy, to technology and health, there’s something for everyone. Yes, you will have to look at the screen to press “play”, but from then on, just listen and learn. Need some help finding where to start? Check this out!
Make bedtime BEDtime!
We bet our bottom dollar that for many of you, your mobile phone is the last thing you look at before you go to sleep. Numerous studies have shown that this affects the length of time it takes for us to fall asleep, as well as messing up our levels of REM sleep – the stage of sleep that’s critical for restoration of our mind and body. Try refraining from your phone for an hour before bed and see how this affects your snooze time.
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