With improvements in technology and apps available to mobile phone users over the past few years, people are now more reliant on their mobile phones than ever; whether for making phone calls, taking photos, GPS navigation, checking Facebook or browsing the internet.

With many people addicted to checking their mobile phones, and even feeling anxious if they don’t have their mobile with them; it’s important to remember that a mobile phone is simply a tool to enhance our lives – it should not consume all of our time or energy.

In order to maintain a healthy relationship with your smart phone, it’s important to set your own boundaries and guidelines. To help you get started, we’ve listed some of our favourites!

Out of sight, out of mind

Give yourself a break from your mobile phone, by purposely placing it in another room; this way you’re not tempted to check it constantly. This is a good exercise in the evening; a break from screens and technology in the evening is found to help ‘shut-down’ the brain, and prepare you for a restful sleep.

Manage notification settings

If you often find yourself being distracted by email, social media and app notifications on your smart phone, you might consider changing your notification settings, to only be alerted to calls and text messages. This is a good way to ensure you’re not being distracted by every notification on your smart phone, but don’t miss those important calls and text messages!

To check-in, or not to check-in?

Checking-in on social media is a fun feature, but may not always be 100% safe. It’s important to use the check-in feature with caution and ensure your privacy settings are set-up so that only friends can see where you’ve checked in!

Switch to sleep mode

Switch your phone to sleep mode in the evening, to avoid being woken up by those pesky alerts and notifications in the middle of the night! Sleep mode allows you to switch off alerts after a certain time each night – helping you get a restful, uninterrupted sleep (hopefully)!

Give yourself a break from your mobile phone, by purposely placing it in another room; this way you’re not tempted to check it constantly. This is a good exercise in the evening; a break from screens and technology in the evening is found to help ‘shut-down’ the brain, and prepare you for a restful sleep.

Manage notification settings

If you often find yourself being distracted by email, social media and app notifications on your smart phone, you might consider changing your notification settings, to only be alerted to calls and text messages. This is a good way to ensure you’re not being distracted by every notification on your smart phone, but don’t miss those important calls and text messages!

To check-in, or not to check-in?

Checking-in on social media is a fun feature, but may not always be 100% safe. It’s important to use the check-in feature with caution and ensure your privacy settings are set-up so that only friends can see where you’ve checked in!

Switch to sleep mode

Switch your phone to sleep mode in the evening, to avoid being woken up by those pesky alerts and notifications in the middle of the night! Sleep mode allows you to switch off alerts after a certain time each night – helping you get a restful, uninterrupted sleep (hopefully)!

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