(CNN) – There are plenty of advantages of owning a smartphone, but could our attachment to our phones be affecting us negatively, perhaps even causing us stress?
Ringing, dinging, even flashing. If alerts are not turned off- smartphones can constantly prompt their owners.
Psychologist Scott Bea of Cleveland Clinic says, “The technology travels with us everywhere we go, intrudes into our awareness and is routinely interrupting our concentration or our ability to focus.”
If this sounds familiar, here are some tips to be ‘smart’ about your smartphone use.
Bea says, “The first thing is to tune into how you’re using your smartphone. Is it dictating your life or are you actually creating rules on how you’re gonna use it? Maybe you’re willing to check your phone once every hour or once every half hour, rather than every time you hear an alert.”
Practicing mindfulness- being truly aware of your surroundings, may help.
Bea says, “One of the things that reduces stress in people is a sense of controllability. And so, as we relinquish our smart phones a little bit or create better decision rules, we get back a sense that we’re actually in governance of our life and in governance of where our attention is going.”
That means deciding when you are going to bother with your phone, versus when it is going to bother you.