5 Reasons to Delay Your Phone Time Upon Waking

By Coach Shawn

Do you wake up and instantly jump on your cell phone?

Go right to Social Media? Emails? Texting?

And then find yourself soon or later…

  • Distracted?
  • Reactive?
  • Stressed?

Where did that time go?

If you’re like me and have been or are guilty of this time suck habit…it’s time to stop.

Here are 5 Reasons why:

1. Mental Clarity: 

Rushing to check your phone first thing in the morning can bombard your mind with notifications, emails, and social media updates, disrupting your mental clarity and setting a chaotic tone for the day.

2. Stress Reduction: 

Avoiding immediate phone usage allows you to ease into your day peacefully, reducing stress levels and giving yourself the opportunity to set positive intentions for the day ahead.

3. Mindfulness Practice: 

Starting your morning with mindfulness activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, planning your big 3 for the day or simply enjoying a quiet moment can cultivate a sense of presence and inner peace, enhancing your overall well-being.

4. Better Sleep Quality: 

Limiting exposure to screens in the morning helps regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, promoting better sleep quality and setting the stage for a more restful night’s sleep.

5. Proactive Mindset: 

Delaying phone use allows you to approach your morning with a proactive mindset, focusing on your priorities and personal goals before becoming reactive to external stimuli. This proactive approach sets the tone for a more intentional and purposeful day.

What to Do Instead?

Take that first hour for yourself.

Here are 10 ideas of what you can do in the first 30-60 min of your day instead:

  • Write / Journal – get those thoughts of your head and let them go.
  • Meditate.
  • Write 3-5 things you are Grateful for.
  • Stretch.
  • Exercise.
  • Walk.
  • Write out and time block your day.
  • Mindfully enjoy your cup of coffee or tea.
  • Spend quality time with a loved one / family / pet.
  • Set intentions for the day.

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