I’m addicted to my phone. Or I was… It’s a constant struggle to distance myself from it.
No matter where I am or who I am with, if there is a pause in what we are doing we all reach for our phones to check them instead of starting a conversation or enjoying our surroundings. We often end our nights with our phones instead of talking with our partner/spouse. And they are the first thing we look at when we wake up.
“I’m addicted to my phone. Or I was… “
We spend more time with our phones than we do with live in person human interaction. Even though we are staying up later and sleeping less.
We miss sights and smells and don’t let our brain shut down. It’s always getting fed information good and bad, exciting and sad. Our brains never get to unplug and recharge them self. Even my parents can now be found in the evening with the TV on and on their devices instead of sitting beside one another chatting like they’ve done most of my life.
It’s become an epidemic.
It’s become an epidemic. And I am here today to tell you that it’s not your fault. There is a reason that this pull is so hard to resist.
Our devices emit a blue light. This blue light stimulates a part of our brain that excites us. It gives us an adrenaline rush and the more this happens the more our brains want it. Our brain is on fire when we are on our devices. Or so it feels…
In reality we are adding more physical and mental stress to our body. AND for 2 hours after you’ve been exposed to blue lights your bodies sleep system struggles to kick in adding to that tired and wired feeling and doesn’t allow you to get into a deep REM sleep.
Our nervous system is always in that fight or flight mode stressing our bodies and minds physically day in and day out.
When did you last stop to enjoy the moment?
It doesn’t take much to stop as you are walking and breathe deep from your belly as you pass a nice garden or sunset. Sadly, we often pass right by without even noticing anymore. We see more garden pictures on our phone, than moments we catch in real life.
To add fuel to the fire our phones, all wireless devices, bluetooths and power lines emit a type of EMF ( Electromagnetic Fields) that emits Non-ionizing radiation which has a lower energy than other sources and has not been proven to cause cellular damage, but they can cause tissue damage.
We are exposed so much throughout our day. There have been some cases that have shown Headaches, fatigue and trouble sleeping, disappeared with the reduction of EMF use.
- Turn off all of your social notifications on your phone and set designated times to go in and check once or twice a day.
- When you are eating with someone or by yourself put your phone in another room or out of sight and enjoy the conversation and your surroundings.
- Add a blue light filter to your phone. This will help you throughout the day and evening though your sleep hormones need 1-2 hours of no blue lights in order to kick in.
- Limit screen time 2 hours before bed if possible. If not at least 30 minutes.
- Keep your phone in another room while sleeping. This will limit your EMF and blue light exposure.
- Stop and smell the roses – Breathe deep from within your belly. In through your left nose, hold it for 5 seconds then slowly breathe out. Notice the smells and colours around you. Enjoy the moment.
We often say we don’t have time or feel selfish doing things for our self. Yet we spend the majority of our time on our phones not helping anyone. Stopping and taking that time for you will help you in more ways than solely decreasing your blue light and EMF exposure.
Who is ready to start today?
Are you a Police Officer or First Responder who struggles with sleep, exhaustion, anger and fears burnout and want to get a solid sleep, boost your energy and become a calmer happier you, but doesn’t know where to start? You are not alone. Which is why I put together 5 Quick and Simple Sleep Tips To Stop Shift Work Burnout to get you started.
The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider. Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.
About the Author
Andi Clark is a mom, wife of a Police Officer and the founder of 911 Lifestyle.
Andi suffers from a genetic stress condition that puts her body in an increased stress response state all the time, similar to what Police Officers and First Responders experience when they put on their uniform and have to mentally prepare for whatever may happen in their day.
Through years of research and studying, Andi formulated a completely different way to look at and handle burnout. One where it is possible to reverse and prevent an officer from getting to a point where they struggle to get through their days by taking a preventative approach instead of a reactive one. And one that reduces the negative effects of shift work on the body.
Through her husbands career as an officer her focus has been on preventing burnout, exhaustion and tanked immune system that she knew can result from poorly managed stress, not to mention the toll things take on family life.
As she watched his co-workers struggle with everything from sleep, exhaustion and anger leading to divorce, PTSD and even suicide it became apparent how LIFE-SAVING the foundations she was laying down for her husband actually were, because not only was he tolerating the shiftwork lifestyle, he was thriving in it.
Andi knew that the strategies her husband was using MUST become available to all Police Officers and other First Responders. She couldn’t watch others suffering when she knew there was a solution. And 911 Lifestyle was born.