Here’s Why You Should Not Check Your Phone In The Morning!

Do you check your mobile phone within minutes of waking?

Our mobile phones are an ‘extra limb’ for many.

Do you wonder how you ever functioned without your phone which is now your calendar, alarm clock, music player, multiple APP provider and portable email ‘in-box’?

We rely so much on our mobile phones that we become addicted.

Finding ourselves at the beck and call of notifications we find ourselves constantly reacting to the words and images of others.

Research suggests that receiving constant notifications can trigger the stress response within the body.

The Future Work Centre in London surveyed 2000 workers and discovered that without doubt, email notifications are linked to higher feelings of anxiety.

Combine these with notifications from multiple smartphone Apps’ such as Facebook and Twitter and you are likely to be challenged.

These App’s have been shown to create a release of dopamine making them highly addictive.

We don’t want anxiety, but we feel a strong desire to pursue behaviors that create anxiety.

If you wake in the morning and reach for your phone, then it’s likely that you could be inducing a stress response within minutes of waking.

The way that you feel early on in the day can impact the rest of your day.

Checking notifications has been shown to create an increase in cortisol within the body.

Cortisol is our fight or flight hormone and can be useful in dangerous situations.

If there was a lion running towards us, we would need this to react appropriately and cortisol would help us do this.

Unfortunately constantly looking at our phones we spend more and more time experiencing this stress response which is usually meant to help us out-run a lion, not respond to a text or an email.

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk stated that “When we feel stressed, we’re either ruminating on the past or worrying about the future”.

Every e-mail or notification causes us to think about what we missed in the past, or what we need to do in the future.

Checking our phones first thing in the morning we lose our morning.

We give ourselves away to our phone and react to what we see instead of focusing on how we want to feel.

At the mercy of our phones, we operate at a level less than we deserve.

We begin to live a life that’s less than we deserve.

We suffer both physically and emotionally and the people around us suffer too. (Oh, and if you want to lose weight you may want to spend less time with your phone. Researchers have discovered that there is a likely association with cortisol and weight gain).

If you are want to prioritise your health and your happiness, then follow my top tips for starting your day in a better way:

  • Get an alarm clock so that you don’t need the phone in the bedroom. Leave it in another room so that you are not tempted to peek.
  • Use the time that you would have checked your phone to exercise. Start the day pumping your body full of feel-good endorphins! A 10-minute yoga session or a walk around the block will be far better for you than 10 minutes on your phone.
  • Turn off notifications unless absolutely essential. The biggest mistake that many people make is to allow sound notifications. Even if you try not to look at a notification, your brain will associate beeps with the stress caused by them. You will experience the same stress response. I’d recommend turning off all sounds and all notifications unless absolutely essential.
  • Plan a delicious healthy breakfast. Enjoy breakfast without any distractions. Never, ever eat breakfast whilst checking your phone. Don’t allow yourself to go near your phone until you have eaten your breakfast in a relaxed fashion ON YOUR TERMS. (Not responding to the needs of others).
  • Set yourself rules for email response times and stick to them. Put an auto-responder on letting people know that you only respond during working hours. If you respond out of these times, people will expect you to always respond out of these times. Be super strict with yourself to reap the psychological and physical benefits.
  • Allow your phone to run flat. Don’t charge it the night before. Time without our phones is liberating. We do what we want when we want because we are not being controlled by external forces. Take back control and take back your life.
  • Use music to make you feel good in the morning. Wake to a favourite song that reminds you of good times or a song that evokes positive feelings. You will feel more motivated and more energetic and you will definitely start your day ON YOUR TERMS with a smile!

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