Limit your screen time
Phones, tablets, computers, and TVs can quickly connect you to information.
So, it can be tempting to turn to a screen whenever you feel the urge.
Not having healthy limits for your screen time can contribute to information overload. It can also decrease your time engaging and staying connected with those around you. And prevent you from being present. This can further impact your mental health.
Spending time on mobile devices can be especially tempting.
Here are tips to help keep your screen time at a healthy level for you.
Set aside dedicated screen time
Identify which apps you spend the most screen time on. Then set an amount of time per day that you’ll spend looking at them.
Consider what amount of time you believe is healthy. The time you spend shouldn’t affect other areas of your life or compromise your peace of mind.
Try these ways to reduce temptation outside of your dedicated time.
- Turn off all notifications. Or reconsider which ones you feel are necessary.
- Switch your device to silent or flight mode when you’re engaged in an activity.
- Move your social media or other apps to the last screen on your phone. Or you can remove them from your device entirely.
- Turn your device to greyscale mode to make app icons less appealing.
Screen time reporting can help you monitor your progress as you create new habits. Familiarise yourself with how to check it on your device.
Start your day screen-free
Avoid reaching for your phone first thing in the morning. This can help you limit your screen time and set a positive tone for your day.
It can help to try the following.
- Turn your phone off before going to bed.
- If you must leave it on, turn off all notifications or switch to flight mode.
- Leave your phone far out of reach overnight.
- Use a regular alarm clock instead of the one on your phone.
- Make it a habit to do something else when you wake up. This can be as simple as drinking a glass of water.
Switch off before bed
Checking your phone, watching something, or responding to emails can keep your mind active or activate your emotions. This can delay you falling asleep.
Sleeping well plays an important role in supporting your mental health. It improves your mood, concentration and memory. It also helps you recover from stress.
Poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
Avoiding screens before bedtime helps you wind down for sleep and supports you getting good quality sleep. Try to switch off from screens at least an hour before you go to bed.