9 hours ago
Step 11: NOT LOOKING AT MY PHONE WHEN I WAKE UP. The first thing I want to do when I open my eyes is to reach for my phone. I wake up with an immediate impulse to see what I’ve missed. I quickly scroll through my emails, chat apps and social media. The process generally makes me feel bad, and that’s because it is bad for me, terrible in fact. Looking at your phone in the morning is proven to increase stress, and hinders your ability to prioritize effectively. Your mind becomes reactive, directionless and scattered as you’re responding to an arbitrary menu of sorts rather than dictating your own experience. In “Never Check Email in the Morning,” the author explains, “Its hard to go from your transactional, shallow part of your brain, the frontal cortex, to the other parts of your brain where strategy and relationships happen. Its easier to starts in the deep recesses of your brain and go to the shallow parts.” Over the last three days, I’ve not looked at my phone for the first few minutes I wake up. Instead I’ve eased into the day, focused on my breathing and stretching in bed. I’ve given my mind space to come into the day without being bombarded. Its felt really nice, but its been hard. The impulse to look at my phone has been something I’ve had to fight, making me increasingly aware of how addictive the device is. To make it easier, I may get an alarm clock and will move the phone out of my room at night. Do you look at your phone in the morning? How does it make your feel? Or have you stopped? Any tips on how to do this?