How to live in happy harmony with your mobile phone
Mobile phones have become the bugbear of today’s generation. Where there’s social decay, it’s our addiction to Apple and Android that often takes the blame. But while technology can most certainly be damaging, when used at the right time, and in the right place, it can be deeply rewarding. Here are three ways to maintain a happy and healthy balance.
Use your phone to meet new people
The internet is a haven for networking, and it’s easier than ever now that we have access to it wherever we go. Apps such as Meetup allow you to find groups of people near you with similar interests such as walkers or film fanatics. Likewise, Bumble, Hinge and Tinder are not just for dating; they also have features that allow you to find new friends in your local area, or even potential business partners, turning virtual chats into real relationships.
Indeed, when it comes to your professional life, phones are an invaluable tool. You needn’t be on site for every interview; instead, you can set up interviews with contacts all over the world. In this global age, it would be a shame to waste the opportunity to open your mind to international perspectives.
Give yourself allocated time to switch off
There’s no problem with spending time posting pictures on Instagram, checking out the latest news stories or hitting a winning streak on online bingo. The key thing is to make sure you also remember to spend some time away from your screen. Social connections are are vital when it comes to mental health, so set aside a part of the day – preferably at least an hour – when you turn your phone off completely and focus on the here and now.
Another key part of this is limiting your usage in the evening. Staring at a screen may give you issues sleeping, so if possible, try reading a book in bed rather than scrolling down your Facebook feed. If this is the only time you have to check your e-mails, download an app that will tint your screen such as Twilight, as this filters out the blue light that keeps you awake.
Set yourself a photo challenge to get you out and about
In terms of maintaining your physical wellbeing, phones are a Godsend. But aside from running apps, calorie trackers and personal training videos, there are ways your phone can give you exercise in the shape of entertainment. Set yourself a target of getting out and taking ten photos every day (or less if you prefer) in order to leave the house (or the office) and venture into the great outdoors. Phones needn’t cause you to switch off; in fact, by taking on this challenge you will find yourself paying more attention to the world around you in order to find the best shots to capture. What’s more, you’ll have a record of all the little things in your day to day life that are worth stopping to admire.
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