Do you have the ability to go out to a park or take walks?
Truthfully, electronic devices are an addiction that many struggle with, not just you. Society has been curated to have FOMO and disconnecting makes us think that important things are happening while we’re not looking. The students in the school I teach literally have withdrawal symptoms if they don’t have their phone in their hands all the time.
It’s not true… because most of those things that society tells us are important are superficial. The latest trends, the coolest people, the latest pratfall or celebrity screw-up. None of those things affect us directly, except that we let it.
Though these devices came to my generation late, they still affect this view of my life, and even I struggle to get away from the computer screen, or not check my phone for the latest message, email etc. It’s hold isn’t as strong on me, but it is there.
I have seen how devices make a person less able to cope socially, especially during the pandemic with students who were on their computers most of the day and unable to interact with others face to face. The past two years have been littered with an unprecedented number of fights at school because students haven’t been in situations where they need to resolve or mitigate conflict.
We as a school culture are just barely getting past that hurdle (As my Vice Principal said just today, we’ve made it 6 weeks without a single fight… that’s saying something where sometimes we couldn’t go two hours without a fight breaking out.)
I’m sorry I bird-walked that…
I’m sorry that you’re struggling with this. Ruts are definitely hard to get out of.
Read a PHYSICAL book, while listening to quiet music. Go out for a walk around the neighborhood. Go to a local bookstore/comic shop/deli/diner/coffee shop and chill (without your devices). Have a game night with your friends (board games, not on line ones )
I hope that you find some value in activities away from your devices! It’s a big bright beautiful world out there, and it’s great to go out and see it.