You Got That Hotline Bling?

I would tell you to put the phone down right now, but that might be how you’re reading this. If that’s the case, as you were…

But seriously, the moment you’re done, be done with the phone. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in it. It’s literally everything you could ever need in the palm of your hand (or is it?) Next time you’re out in public (maybe right now) look around and see how many people are on their damn phones. I know, I’m guilty of it, too. Especially when I’m by myself, because at least then I’m not ignoring anyone, right? Wrong. I’m ignoring myself and my mental health.

Put the phone down.

We have been trained that when the ding sounds or our friend gets up to use the bathroom, it’s time to check the texts or Facebook or TikTok for that silly 15 second video. But we’re zombieing out. (Not the dating term of disappearing on someone for months and suddenly reappearing…but also, don’t be that guy.)

It’s time to break the habit because, and you can do the google search yourself on that lovely little gadget, there are hundreds of studies and articles that link our phones to depression and anxiety, among other things.

It’s such an addiction that when we do go an entire meal or night out without looking at, we shock ourselves and it becomes a topic of conversation about our accomplishment.

So, as we go into the weekend, do yourself and your family, your friends, the people you’re around a favor and keep the phone away and just enjoy their company. Fight the urge and when/if it comes, refocus your energy and your mind on the conversation or the event happening before you and BE IN THE MOMENT.

The weekend is to kick back and relax and not scroll through your phone but have meaningful engagements with the people you care about. Even if you simply put the phone away for your dinner out, or play time with the kids, a game night with friends and then go back to it, as you slowly begin to change your habits, take note of how much more enjoyable that time was for you and the memories you made. You’ll remember the smiling faces more than a phone screen and that in itself is a prize won.

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