A couple of weeks ago, Todd and I had a discussion about it. I decided that I was going to try keeping my phone put away, with volume on in case of a text or phone call, but try to stay off of the phone through the day other than checking for a message here and there.
Here’s what I noticed:
I was overall in a better mood
I’ve heard news stories and read studies of how addictive phones and social media can be. I’m not oblivious to it. But realizing that one day of less time on my phone made such a big difference in my mood, I knew that my phone usage clearly had become a problem.
The Kids were More Manageable
Keeping it Balanced
What I’ve realized is that there are appropriate times to be in that world, and it isn’t supposed to be while I have time to spend with the kids...or even with Todd for that matter. I can make time for myself and use it as I see fit, and maybe that is the time I can just veg-out and look through posts. I can also just do things in small increments and make sure to not get sucked into scrolling or doing a project when my attention should be elsewhere.