In the modern world, living a day without a smartphone can only be handled by a person whose business is not connected with it, or by my grandfather, who does not even know the word “smartphone”. But if life at 90% consists of working with information (e-mails, messengers, blogs, social media, etc.), it is extremely difficult to handle even a day without a gadget.
However, there is direct and indirect evidence that smartphones negatively affect our health – from visual impairment, to mental disorders and brain work. When I spend the whole day working on a small screen, my sleep is disturbed, my neck and head start to hurt terribly, my eyes are watering. Moreover, science still does not know exactly how electromagnetic radiation from gadgets affects us.In addition to physical discomfort, I also experience mental discomfort, which leads to stress. You see, if you have a regular job, then you have at least 2 days off. And when you work on your smartphone, your work is always with you and sends beeps that it’s time to work. Thus, there is always the temptation to open instant messengers, respond to several messages, scroll the feed on social media and text a few comments. It turns out that the brain can not switch to another activity, as it performs the same tasks every day. This leads to negative mental consequences:
- reduced creativity
- memory loss
- accumulation of stress
- as a result – professional burnout, which is accompanied by depression, loss of motivation, apathy.
For me personally, when I receive at least 200 personal messages a day (not counting the chats), mental discomfort is felt even more than physical. At the end of the day, after intense messaging, I feel exhausted, as if energy was sucked out of me. My brain shows a notification – low battery. And the charge of this battery is not restored during sleep, and the whole next day I also feel stress, irritation at the signals of the instant messengers, apathy.
Over time, I developed some healthy habbits that allow me to remain relatively physically and emotionally healthy person and reduce the harm done by working with a smartphone.
Here are my secrets how to survive with a smartphone:
- I always work with reduced screen brightness
- When I’m at home, I try to do on the computer what I could do on my smartphone – I write posts, respond to messages and letters. I installed the desktop versions of the Vatsap and Telegram applications on my laptop, and I try to communicate via the desktop versions
- I prefer to talk on the speakerphone or through the mobile headset, rather than holding the phone next to my ear
- I do not hold the phone by the bed when I sleep and do not charge it from the bedside outlet
- I set the hours in a daytime, that I can spend at work in instant messengers
- I try not to take the smartphone in hand until 10 am and after 8 pm
- I take breaks in which I do not react to smartphone signals – I can go for a short walk, or do a short workout, or read a book
- I do not play games on smartphone – at the moment, I have not installed a single game application
- I never talk, text or read messages while driving
- Once a week I do smartphone unloading.
A few words about
This is one day a week, when I completely do not take my smartphone in hand . The exception is to call or answer a call of close people. On such a day, I prefer to turn off the Internet on my dadget. In order not to get lost from the feed of your subscribers for the whole day, you can post a prepared content early in the morning or use the auto-posting service (deferred posting) when you make a publication in advance, and the service publishes it on the appointed day and hour.
On the day of smartphone unloading, I prefer to spend time with my family, go to the nature or make barbeque, tidy up the house or arrange a SPA day. It is completely stressfree and relaxing day. Believe me, these days are very important for health, for the good functioning of brain and the nervous system.