Ways I’ve Updated My Phone Habits For Better Mental Health
Mental health is a massive topic and our phones play an integral part in how we view ourselves and others. Comparison syndrome is rife and it can lead to some bad decision making as well as general malaise. To help manage the mental health effects, here are six days I’ve updated my phone habits for better mental health.
Deleted Shopping Apps
First off, January is a financially dire month. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, it’s bloody awful. One of the first things I did after being paid at Christmas was delete all of my shopping apps from my phone. Seeing things I want but can’t afford is not fun. I don’t understand window-shopping, and never had done, to me it’s an unnecessary aspect of life we don’t need to go through.
If you’re struggling with comparison syndrome – and most of us are! – or just generally feeling a bit rubbish, you might turn to retail therapy. This is a quick fix. However, retail therapy – particularly in harder financial months like January – is only going to damage your finances which leads to more stress and worsening mental health.
So delete the shopping apps! If you need something download them again, if you don’t, now you won’t have the distraction, the pull, or the strain on your bank account.
Removed Apps I Don’t Use or Distract Me
Speaking of removing apps, to ensure my phone wasn’t cluttered and I wasn’t distracted by too many things at once, I removed all of the apps I don’t use. From language training apps I haven’t opened since lockdown to games that were distracting me before bed for lengths of time I don’t want to mention. Even social media apps if they’re only making you unhappy. If you don’t need it, don’t enjoy it, or you want to spend less time on your phone, delete these apps!
Turned off News Alerts
Even with the pandemic supposedly entering end-emic stages, I don’t want News Alerts on my phone. They’re stress and anger-inducing and really does it matter half the time?
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been distracted mid-conversation, just as I’m about to fall asleep or when I’m running late by a notification. As soon as I silenced them it was like I could hear birdsong for the first time again! Also, notifications – the noise – are irritating AF and often make me jump, not great for my mental health.
Removed Work Apps from Home Screen
This was a massive change for me! I’ve always been that workaholic who had work apps front and centre on their phone, who checked them before they went to bed. Not anymore.
During the height of COVID, with the move to working from home full-time, I needed to find a way to switch off. This was the easiest and best choice I made. Now when I’m on holiday or it’s a weekend, I’m unreachable. And it’s perfect. I, finally – for the most part – can relax, whereas before I was always on and it was impossible to fully chill.
Organised my Home Screen
And finally, to help manage my mental health I decluttered and organised my home screen. The apps I use most like Spotify and Audible are front and centre, and the apps I barely use but need on occasion – like banking apps, a takeaway app, one game (everyone needs at least one!), and the apps that you can’t delete – are all in folders and I can easily find them when needed.
Decluttering and organization at home is a big part of managing mental health, as clutter causes anxiety. The same rule applies to phones.
And those are the six ways I’ve updated my phone habits for better mental health. Do you have any tips or tricks for this? If so, let me know in the comments below.