Now this would be crazy. Where everyone on the internet is writing about new mobile devices – here I am writing a guide to quitting it.
In today’s world mobiles are lifelines. It’s everywhere – even on a Childs’ hand. However, no matter who many types of positive qualities one side of this story has – there are plenty of negative qualities too.
It’s been a couple of months now that I had quit using mobile phones. It might seem on the surface that it’s tough, but it’s not, and I am really happy that I have left it.
Here is what you need to do
Start from Day One: If you’re planning to do it for a month – it’s better if you would give up. It will not work. Make a shorter plan. It would be three days or could be one day’s plan– depends on you. In my case, I will go with day 1.
- Stay away from your phone
- Or Take the SIM card out of it.
- Or else don’t charge the device
Willpower: When it comes to mobile devices you will need a strong willpower, as no one will say to you to quit it. It’s on your own – if you think that it is kind of addiction for you, it would be better to quit it. Channel your addiction to your willpower, and win it with grace.
- Repeat thought provoking and affirmative words
- Try to relieve stress and don’t behave irrationally
Use Alternatives: It would be completely impartial to have an argue on quitting all other services. In our day-to-day life, we need technologies – it helps us to simplify our life.
However, that doesn’t mean that we should have to depend on it completely. Overuse of technologies reduces your skill level. Take a test on your own – how many mobile phone numbers would you be able to tell me now? Even do you know what your home number is? Don’t look at the contact list.
- Use alternatives – laptops or desktops.
- Allow your brain to do some push-ups
Be Practical: One of the biggest problems that I had come across in this process would be to find new roads without Google maps. When you have a phone, it doesn’t bother you that much, but what would be living without it? Traveling in a new place would be tough.
- Carry your phone if you are planning to go somewhere
- However, try to get rid of unwanted apps
- Turn off all other notifications
- And only get the assistance
Get Busy: The basic of changing a bad habit is to direct it somewhere else – which would be a good practice and enjoyable at the same time. Track your daily mobile usage and pick the high time and channel that energy into the exercises. If the timing is odd – you can read a good book.
- Remember the line in Shawshank Redemption “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.”
Change Perspective: Meet people personally instead of video calls. Arrange a party for your friends – call them for some fun times. There is no comparison between meeting someone personally over a chat room.
- If you’re currently living alone; spend the time in a park
- Or visit a nearby museum/library
- Even you can write as well.
Lock Your Phone: Even after applying all these above suggestions – if you still come across yourself as weak, try to lock the phone somewhere else or give it to someone. The first phase is always tough, but as the time will pass – you will realize that there are plenty of things available to do.
In the Long Run
Meditate: To support your good initiative, rise early in the morning and do a 5-minute meditation. Meditation will help you to reduce your stress and the urge of external thinking. Even more, it has a lot of benefits with it.
- Practice meditation for at least five minutes a day
- Pick a peaceful place for it.
- Play mindful music to pass the distraction.
Long-Term Initiative: If you are planning to keep this habit for a long period, it would be better to learning something new. In place of social sites and videos – you can learn to make new crafts or a new magic trick or something that would be fun to watch and comes with a positive effect.