In May, HUED shared an article, “The Mental Impact On Our Virtual Lives,” sharing how social media and the constant usage of our phones impact our mental health. Around 4.2 billion people utilize social media as of 2021, according to research which is roughly, roughly 58.4% of the global population.
It is easy to say “put the phone down,” but letting go of a habit without implementing healthy lifestyle changes or daily challenges may leave some feeling like they cannot go without their phone. Below we created a five-day challenge to allow you time away from the phone but first, some ground rules.
- Give yourself grace! It has been proven that phones can be addictive, so it is not uncommon for you to feel drawn to keep checking your phone.
- Create realistic goals and take them all step by step.
- Use the time to not think about your phone or social media and think about “real life.”
Ready for our challenge?
Every day in the morning
- Develop a morning routine! Try doing something for yourself, like doing a morning meditation or journaling.
- Write one affirmation about yourself and say it throughout the day.
5 Day No Phone Challenge
- Day One: Take yourself out on a date! It doesn’t have to be expensive, but spend quality time with yourself and journal how it feels.
- Day Two: Try a new activity! Something new can get those brain waves flowing.
- Day Three: Connect with nature and get some sunlight. Take a hike or visit the beach.
- Day Four: Get offline and spend real-life time with your friends and family.
- Day Five: Summer cleaning! Take some time to clean out all the stuff you have outgrown.
Disconnecting from your devices allows for time to connect with others and, most importantly, with yourself. While doing this challenge, also make sure to give yourself grace if you feel the urge to check your phone or you do check your phone. Try this five-day challenge, and let us know how your progress went.
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