4 tips to decrease your dependence on social networks

You go with the cellphone in the bathroom, you go with the cellphone in the kitchen, you are with the cellphone watching TV, And if you could, you would put your cell phone in the shower.

Don’t you think it’s a bit of a stretch to use technology? In this article you will find several key ideas for preventing or weakening social media addiction if you’ve already started to develop it.

    How to keep social media addiction at bay?

    We often feel a huge addiction to using our cell phone and different electronic devices in order to be super connected to the outside world and, above all, not to miss anything (false belief).

    The other day, I saw an interview conducted by psychologist Bertrand Regader for BBVA, in which he spoke of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) syndrome. In it, he explains to us what that fear of losing something the rest of us experience is (and while he relates it to saving, I would like to relate it to addiction to addiction to networks); because of this phenomenon, we spend the day on social networks looking to live these experiences, and in this way these virtual platforms make us want to continue to consume and access situations of this type (and also materially, like Bertrand explains it to us).

    For these reasons, this rooting that we experience, on the one hand in the mobile phone and on the other hand in the hypervigilance of networks, generates a state of very high sensitivity so we want to be very attentive to something that keeps stimulating – (since we follow a lot of people on the internet).

    Faced with this reality, I wrote a series of tips or tricks with which I would like to help you; I have used them on a personal level and also with patients so I find it fantastic that you are applying them as well. Without further ado, I’ll leave you with them.

    1. At bedtime, leave your mobile phone in a fixed place

    At bedtime, it is important to leave your mobile phone in a place that is out of reach.. This way, you won’t fall into using this device and you can start sleeping without being distracted. It never occurred to you that you open your eyes at 4:00 in the morning and the first thing you do is pick up your cell phone to see the time and here you see a whatsapp, you read it, that you makes you think, you are afraid, and at the end you give the 6? I propose:

    • Do not use your cell phone as an alarm clock.
    • Buy a table alarm clock.
    • Leave the mobile charging in the room.
    • Put the phone in airplane mode at bedtime.

    2. Define the moments of total disconnection

    The fixed disconnection times are basic. The brain also suffers from neuronal fatigue and letting it relax without any stimuli is very healthy. Why do you think that when we go to bed with a head problem the next day we see it so much better? To think, the brain needs to rest. This is why I will suggest:

    • 2 fixed hours per day without mobile.
    • Only watch it after breakfast.
    • Install an app that restricts use.

    3. Don’t focus on your hobbies

    Surely you do a lot of things there in your spare time, like playing games or other hobbies. There is more life beyond mobile! Think about it. You have probably given up activities from the past that you would like to rediscover. In this case, it is important rediscover leisure without using screens. Precisely, you can start to go out in the street to run, or for example to paint or any other activity where you fix your mind.

      4. Locate your curls

      It surely happens to you that you enter an infinite loop of social networks, succeeding 1 hypervigilance of these and never give up. It is important that you see them as well as the pairs. I advise you to pay attention to the time of use of your mobile applications to become aware of those you use the most and thus start rationing the use.

      Earn a new life without relying on social media

      I recommend that you follow all of these tips and put them into practice. Faced with the question “how do I know if I am addicted to social networks?”, I would tell you to look at how far they take you to stop doing the things of your daily life or if all your hobbies are focused on them, thus generating anxiety when you do not have direct contact with these digital platforms .

      Maybe you need the advice of a specialist …

      my name is Javier Ares and I specialize in anxiety and related disorders (such as addictions).

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