Let’s dive into Week One!
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Tech Tip - Turn off Notifications
Now, don’t freak out. I’m not saying that you need to turn off every notification.
But here’s the thing: every single time you see that little red flag on your inbox, or hear the ‘ping’ of a new message, you are training your brain to be in a constant state of alertness, stress and fear.
These constant pings and alerts literally spark our stress response into action.
And our bodies — still wired for the “good old days” of Paleolithic living — can’t tell the difference between a text message alert and the threat of a woolly mammoth. Our physical response to both ‘threats’ are literally the same: adrenaline surges through our system, pulse increases, breath rate goes up, and our muscles tighten ready to sprint from danger…
Of course, there’s no mammoth in sight… it’s just a text from your sister.
But your poor brain and body don’t know that!
And while our cave-dwelling ancestors may have encountered a scary predator maybe once every few days, we’re experiencing these “tech threats” multiple times every hour.
In fact, the latest research indicates that the average person gets 45.9 push notifications per day… which is a LOT of stress for your system to have to deal with, and we’re simply not equipped for it, biologically speaking.
So yeah: even if you *think* you love the ‘thrill of the ping’, it’s actually causing a constant flood of stress hormones in your body. (And we all know how much havoc stress hormones can wreak — on your organs, your sleep, your mood, your mindset, your weight… it’s hella scary.)
So, for your first #techtip: switch off your notifications.
Your body is going to L.O.V.E. the space and relief this one simple act brings.
(Hint: on most phones, if you go into ‘settings’, you’ll see the ‘notifications’ option. Here, you can quickly see every single app on your phone, and go through turning them all off….. aaaahhhh, can you feel the sweet relief already?!)
Another idea here may be to keep your phone on silent — which is a personal favourite technique of mine. I just don’t like hearing it!
Extra (optional) Tip - Know your usage
There’s a stack of apps that will give you a snapshot of how you’re using your phone.
Here are two popular ones:
Moment (iphone users only!) automatically tracks how much you use your iphone (or iPad) each day. You can set daily limits on the app and it will notify you when you go over.
They even have “Family Moment” that allows you to track and manage screen time for everyone in your family.
BreakFree allows you to track how much you use your phone. You can use the app to set limits on your use and you will get a notification when you go over.
Tracking your usage might seem like an unnecessary step, but remember the old saying: What gets measured gets managed.
It is super eye-opening to get an actual measurement on how much you’re using your phone, and/or certain apps. It also makes it really easy to track your progress — each week, you’ll be able to see the numbers drop, and can celebrate your achievements.
It also makes it much harder to fib to yourself when you’ve got the data staring back at you in black and white…
So pop on over to the app store right now and download one of the above tracking apps… it’s definitely worth it! 🙂