Hi everybody and a huge welcome to July! The theme of this month is #MyJuly and it’s all about Reclaiming YOUR July. You Own It!!

So there’s been so many positive things going on with You Own It recently and I’m really excited about the future. And this has happened because of YOU! You’re the reason why I created You Own It. It’s Your Network and you’re finally OWNING it! Boom!!!! 

We have an amazing Facebook group now and I’ve been sharing my 7 Ways in 7 Days Challenge with you all there. This is one of the tools that will help to empower you Reclaim Your July as each day I’m providing a self-care tip! I’ve also created the 10 Super Simple Self Care Secrets Cheat Sheet for you guys to use. Make sure you check that out too!! 

So not only are they just a couple of examples about how you can Reclaim Your July but also this month my personal challenge is tackling Nomophobia!!! Ouch. What is this? It means Fear of No Phone! But I don’t want to live like this! I want to Reclaim my July as well as Reclaiming my Life back! I know it sounds dramatic but it’s TRUE!!! 

I’m addicted to my phone. I can spend hours at a time on it. Not because I’m making phone calls but I spend a lot of time procrastinating on it. It’s everywhere I go. I wake up to it near my pillow, I sleep with it, I check it when I’m eating and it’s all got a bit out of hand if I’m honest with you.

I think if I was to use my phone like a traditional phone (aka a dumb phone) I wouldn’t be as attached. Can you imagine keeping your house phone under your pillow whilst you slept? It’d be ridiculous – haha! Or just staring at it whilst eating!? Weird!

It’s because most of us nowadays have a ‘smart phone’ but we aren’t using them in a smart way. They are smart because we can download apps and have access to social media constantly. I spend a lot of time scrolling through Facebook (outside of work purposes) and it’s silly if I’m honest with you. The social comparison kicks in and I compare myself to everybody…especially as an almost 30 year old. ‘Oh my they’ve got married, she’s had another baby, that person has an amazing job’ etc etc. It needs to stop. I know I’m a Health Psychologist in Training but I’m still human and still let these things get to me.

And then there’s the whole using your phone just before bedtime. Why!? Our phones emit blue light which messes with our melatonin levels (our natural sleep hormone) and then we have disrupted sleep.

And finally. This is the WORST. Being on your phone whilst being around friends and family. If you’ve been following me you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of practicing mindfulness and being ‘present’ in all situations. Being on your phone does not allow you to be present and you’re missing out on valued time! It’s also quite rude to be honest!

It’s gotten to the point now that if I can’t see my phone, I panic and look for it immediately. This isn’t good and I’m hoping some of you can relate to this.

So I’m going to be smart in the way I use my smart phone. I’m not going to go cold turkey. That would be daft! I love my phone as I find it an accessible tool to do important stuff, like writing this blog. I have it on at night because of my disability and in case I need assistance from others during the night. But here’s what I’m going to do:

 

– When using it for ‘work purposes’ I need to be present and not procrastinate on social media

– When hanging out with friends and family, keeping my phone in my handbag or out of sight (especially if I’m at home)

– Having Sunday’s away from my phone #SundayPhoneAway

– Limiting personal social media usage to 15 minutes a day

– Turning my phone onto aeroplane mode from 7.30/8ish at night. That way if I need assistance I can still grab it!

 

I know they sound like little obvious things but I’m genuinely going to find this task a challenge. Haha!

I’ll look forward to keeping you updated about this challenge and I hope you guys join me too!

 

Until next time,

R

 

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