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3 Reasons to Ditch the Phone for a Quick Hiatus

By Genevieve Cunningham

Phones are probably one of our favorite modern conveniences, and they’ve certainly come a long way. From phones that are wired into the wall to the big bulky cordless kind to the slick iPhones that slide easily into our pockets, we’ve really come to love the convenience of picking up a phone and talking to someone or getting information in mere seconds. But with all of the good that phones bring into our lives, they also bring a bit of bad. In fact, excessive phone use has been linked to various health ailments. In order to keep your phone use and health balanced, take a look at these reasons to ditch the phone for a quick and much needed hiatus.

For Mental Health

There’s no denying that excessive phone use can damage mental health. When we’re constantly connected, it makes our minds think that this constant stimulation is normal, when in fact, it’s not. Phones also mean social media, which is one of the most powerful and most damaging tools that we have today. If you can put your phone down for a while --  a day or even a few hours -- it allows your mind to relax, unwind, and reset. You may even find that being in the real world instead of attached to your phone is both calming and motivating.

For Your Eyes

Screens -- whether it’s a phone, TV, or computer -- are really bad for the eyes. They cause us to strain our eyes, and over time, it can cause permanent damage. Opting for a break from the screen may give your eyes a little time to rest and recuperate. But because of the incredibly heavy load of our modern technology use, it may also be a good idea to visit your optometrist for a checkup and prevention plan.

For a Shift in Perspective

The phone can give us a false sense of reality. If you’re constantly on the phone, chances are good that you’re spending a lot of time on the internet. Reddit, Instagram, Facebook … all of these give a false representation of life, and if we’re constantly viewing these sources, we begin to adjust our thinking to fit this false reality. If you put the phone down for a while, you may find your perspective shift. You may notice that the real life things and people around you are pretty interesting. You may find that it’s easier to stay positive when you’re not bombarded with the noise of the internet. Either way, allowing for a perspective shift through a little phone break is a good way to feel better about life.

Phones are great. We all have them, and we all love them. But if we’re not careful, phones can be incredibly damaging to our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Take a little break from your phone in order to restore a little balance to your life and improve your overall wellness going forward.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alpharetta, Ga.

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