Because, let’s be honest, you’re not going to completely give up your phone


Dear Technology,

We love you, but you’re bad for us.

It seems that we’re finally starting to catch on to how dangerous our addiction to social media, Netflix, and lifestyle apps can be. And as a result, “digital detoxes” and “social media cleanses” have become all the rage.
 

 
But if you’ve ever tried a charcoal juice cleanse, you know that detoxing doesn’t really work. So instead of cutting off tech entirely, why not make manageable changes to reduce the amount of phone and screen time in our day-to-day lives? Think of it as “digital nutrition.”

No fad diets. No expensive cleanses. Just 5 practical tips for managing the tech time in your life: 

Power down before bed

Turn off your electronics an hour or so before you go to sleep and substitute for another activity that doesn’t involve work or tech, like reading, journaling, or tidying up.

Take the tech out of mealtime

If you’re out to eat with friends, give them the attention they deserve by putting your phone away, and if you’re eating solo, savor the moment (and the flavor) by being fully present for every. last. bite. of that Massaman curry. 

No phone zone

Before going to sleep, plug your phone in across the room (or better yet, in another room altogether) so you won’t be disturbed by notifications or be tempted to check your phone in the night — or to hit snooze in the morning!

Say “no” to notifications

Turning off notifications and alerts on your phone limits unwanted distractions and allows you to manage your tech time by only checking your phone when you give yourself permission. Moving your most-used apps (read: Instagram) to the second page of your phone also helps to break the twitch.

Leave the phone at home

Try leaving your phone at home when you go for a long walk or out to run errands. Scary thought, we know, but once the initial separation anxiety wears off, you’ll feel so free. It’s only for a couple of hours, and when you get home, you’ll get a huge a dopamine hit from all those notifications you missed while you were out.