Updated: Feb 16
Can you make it a whole week without your phone by your bedside?
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These weekly challenges are created to help us bring more mindful awareness to our habits and attachments. The affirmations are there to give us permission or to give us reminders of the things we need in our lives.
“I felt like I was missing a limb the first two nights I slept without my phone beside me!”
Sleep without your phone next to your bed!
This sounds simple right? WRONG! For many of us we can sheepishly admit that we are addicted to our phones. If you are curious to know exactly how many hours you spend on your phone, iphone has so nicely given us an option to turn on "Screen Time" if we dare...
That being said, many of us have gotten into a bad habit of sleeping with our phones beside our beds. We use the excuse "Well, I use it as my alarm clock!"...when in reality we use it as our preverbal nightcap. Just a few minutes on Instagram, a quick check-in on Twitter, a short pop in on Facebook, and now finally over to Pinterest to plan out my dream farmhouse kitchen. Wait? How it is midnight already and I only just laid down at 9:30! The "great time suck" is what our phones should be called. As Peter Parker's grandfather said "With great power, comes great responsibility." This could not ring (see what I did there) more true then with our phones. We have the entire world at our finger tips and yet we are, worse off because of it. Our sleep suffers greatly from it and because of that we are not at our best.
OPTIONS THAT ARE NOT PHONES:
*Haven't personally used the Sunrise clock but have heard great things. I do use a different hatch device for my baby and I am a big fan of their products!
As with all attachments we must practice release! That is why this weeks challenge is to release the need to have our phones next to us while we sleep.
Here are a few places your precious phone can live while you slumber:
1) Across the room
2) In the bathroom
3) In the Kitchen/Living Room
4) Literally anywhere that's not next to you
I would also suggest changing your settings to automatically turning off blue light and background light as the sun starts to go down so you can help your body start to wind down.
P.s. If you are really feeling BRAVE you can even set your phone on DO NOT DISTURB so you won't hear any chimes or vibrations or any disturbances.
P.p.s. If you are concerned you might miss an emergency from a loved one you can set that individuals setting to allow their calls to come through. I also believe if a number calls more then once in a row the call comes through.