HEALTH IS WEALTH

Do you look at the phone first thing in the morning? Here is why you need to STOP

18 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

What do you do first thing in the morning, right after you wake up? If you pick up your phone and mindlessly scroll through WhatsApp messages, emails and Instagram updates, you are not alone. A lot of people check their smartphones like the morning newspaper, completely unaware of the havoc it wreaks on their health.

​What does the research say

According to a study conducted by IDC, almost 80 per cent of smartphones users reach out for their phone before doing anything else. Yes, within the first 15 minutes of waking up, 4 out of 5 people check their phones.

​What happens when you check your phone right after waking up

If you reach out for your phone even before stepping out of the bed, it actually hampers your peace of mind even before you begin your day. Think about it. When you begin your day by scrolling what all you missed yesterday and what all needs to be done today, it can trigger stress and anxiety. The work emails, to-do lists, several reminders and even the Instagram posts of people who are on a “wanderlust” currently, can exhaust you even before you have begun the day.

​You tend to make bad decisions

Additionally, It may also trigger a feeling of FOMO that people are going on holidays and living their best life, while you are barely dragging yourself to work. All in all, before you even know, your day is already ruined. What next? When you wake up grumpy, tired and irritable, you are more likely to make unhealthy food choices.

​It makes you unhappy

According to another research conducted by the University of British Columbia, when you dial down on the amount of time you check your inbox, you feel less stressed.

You are not able to prioritise

Thanks to the information overload that comes your way as soon as you switch on your phone, your brain gets rattled. As a result, instead of focusing on what is urgent and needs to be done immediately, you start replying to those texts and emails. As a result, your productivity takes a hit and your attention gets divided.               — Times of India


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