People are spending an ever-increasing percentage of their waking hours using their mobile phone. Phones are no longer just a tool to make a calls and take a few photos but are now used for everything from browsing social media to watching films to banking, dating, gaming and managing work. There’s no denying that phones have enormous benefits and help us with so many parts of our daily lives, but  as with all technology, there has to be a balance.  With that in mind, here are some of our top tips to having a healthy relationship with your smartphone.

1. Have an hour each day where you don’t use your phone

Technology is becoming  a bigger and bigger part of our daily lives (hello Alexa), and with more and more things becoming digitised, every day, activities are becoming linked to your phone. As such, you should take at least an hour per day where you don’t touch your phone. If you use this time to exercise or relax through reading, your brain will appreciate the break from technology, and you can use this time for your own enjoyment.

2. Don’t use your phone directly before bed.

Phone screens are backlit, and this additional light at night time can impact your circadian rhythm, thus directly affecting your sleep. By putting your phone away at least half an hour before you go to bed to 'switch off', your body will associate the lack of artificial light with sleeping. Not only will this mean you get a better nights sleep, but you are also likely to fall asleep faster too.

3. Keep your phone protected

One key stress associated with phones is the fear of breaking it, losing it, or having it stolen. If you need your phone for work or use it frequently, keep a case or a screen protector on it allowing you relax a bit more about carrying around your life in your pocket. And remember to keep your photos and important items backed up - take a look at Google Drive which will give you unlimited free storage for your photos.

4. Create a proper relaxation activity

Instead of spending hours mindlessly scrolling through your smartphone, try to replace your free time with a proper relaxation activity that doesn’t involve your phone. For example, you could spend your free time reading a new book, exercising, socialising with friends or even having a relaxing  bath. It’s important to create a ‘down time’ that isn’t focused around your smartphone.

5. Put your phone away during important tasks

Whether it be homework or an important piece of work at the office, it’s important to put your phone to one side when trying to complete important tasks. This will allow you to properly focus on the task in hand without being distracted by your smartphone. You won’t be able to concentrate properly if you can see messages and notifications pinging onto your phone constantly. Turn them off or better still, stick your phone in a drawer.

6. Don’t look at your phone while socialising

As tempting as it may be, it’s important that you aren’t constantly checking your smartphone whilst with friends and family. Not only may your guests think it's rude to be checking your phone during conversation, it also doesn’t allow you to properly connect with the person you’re talking to. Tuck your phone away and allow yourself to be properly present and in the moment with the person you’re with.

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