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How to Get Over Anxiety as a Busy Entrepreneur

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We are living in a 24/7 digital media world. But as busy entrepreneurs, the impact of parting with our phones can do wonders for our mental and emotional health.

As I write this, my phone sits approximately four inches to my left, my iPad rests behind me in my bag, while a Gmail tab sits idle on my screen, and notifications pop up from my Outlook nonstop.

As a result of the constant stimulation, I’m not calm or focused. I bet many of you can relate to the exact same thing.

The problem is not necessarily technology but the way in which we interact with it. We are always reachable which makes us anxious and overworked.

I remember learning after sometime that my best friend slept with her phone on vibrate. “But what if it’s an emergency, what if something happened, and you couldn’t be contacted?!” I asked, a feeling of panic, unable to be reachable for my loved ones at all times.

Fast forward a year later to the beauty that is the “Do Not Disturb” mode and I was able to embrace being “left alone” in a whole new way. Like clockwork every night from 9pm to 6am “do not disturb” does it’s work letting me relax, focus, and get ready for bed without being interrupted in anyway.

It sounds small, but these actions create a huge impact on our ability to unplug, unwind, and center on the person we forget most about: ourselves.

As Kezia Weir shares in her experiment for ELLE magazine, “I Broke Up With My iPhone For Two Weeks and This Is What Happened,” the impact of parting with our phones can do wonders in the mental, emotional, and physical arenas.

For one, we sleep better.

In addition to straining our eyes, looking at image to image, swipe after swipe, the light hinders our ability to fall asleep, instead telling our brains to wake up. What’s more, is our electronic devices emit a blue light, which even further suppresses melatonin levels (that stuff that helps us fall asleep), taking even longer to fall asleep.

The addiction to our phones is real. From the mindless habit of typing in “Facebook” as soon as we open a browser without even realizing it, to the constant refreshing to see how many new “likes” we’ve received.

The problem is these habits take attention away from ourselves and pin our mind to other people, ideas, trends, values, and more.

No one needs to check their email every five minutes (unless you’re a secret agent), yet we find ourselves having to respond to every email the moment a message pops up. Any expert in productivity and leadership would tell you the more you check your email, the less you get done.

A 2013 survey reported that three-quarters of employees typically respond to email within one hour. As Kostadin Kushlev and Elizabeth W. Dunn writes for The New York Times Sunday Review, they found a significant decrease in stress for workers who only checked email minimally (three times a day).

Less frequent email checking allow people to do less multi-tasking which creates both a strain and hinders us from completing tasks most efficiently.

While we may not be ready to dive deep and completely get rid of our smart phones for long periods of time, simply taking more breaks away can provide similar, beneficial results. At the end of her two-week experiment, Weir said, “The upshot? Better sleep! Less anxiety! A general sense of pleasure with the world and my part in it!”

So if you’re still searching for your “New Year’s Resolution” you have your options here:

•  Check your phone less

•  Utilize the serenity that is “Do Not Disturb”

•  Keep the Instagram scrolling and Tinder swiping out of your good night routine

•  Slow down with the email and aim to only log on three times a day

If you adopt these actions you’ll sleep easier, be happier, feel less stressed, and most of all you’ll live your life to the fullest.

 

This piece was written by Eve Stern and originally appeared on Her Agenda.

 

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  • Jenny Austin Finney

    OMGosh!!! I totally relate to this and my phone is constantly by my side; checking emails (constantly), responding to them (as I think I should respond immediately) and even engaging in Facebook groups, while at work. I totally need to chill, just a bit, because one of these days, I’m going to miss some important things, going on around me!

  • Jeuelle Ottley Sam

    This is such a timely post! I do feel like our culture has changed so much and all of our brains are tuned into media constantly. Scrolling on IG and social media at bedtime is a bad habit I have!

  • I wish I could check my phone less but I have business on there that I must tend to. I can’t just not check it for a day. But I do try to limit it during family time at least!

  • Nida Sohail

    This post is very true ! I try to give sometime everyday out from these gadgets !

  • Anderson Kongoda

    Great article, I agree with your article and I will try and practice some of your ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Such an important post this is. Yes, we need to spare sometime of the day without these digital gadgets to enjoy being with family, discovering our inner self and so much more.

  • Rose Mont

    I also have sleep mode set. I swear though the phone dings more at night then the day time. I do check everything in the am and again later in the day so that I’m not constantly on it.

  • Chandresh Jain

    Tweet less , LIKE less , Call less and Live MORE 🙂

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    I also make it a point to have some time to disconnect with the social media and internet world. I have this motto now “disconnect to reconnect”.

  • Oh my gosh this post is everything!! Its so true, as online bloggers and entrepreneurs we’re always on our devices and constantly getting notifications. Its so important to just switch them all off and leave them alone sometimes to give your mind and sanity a rest.

  • David Elliott

    I definitely agree with your assessments here. Sleeping better is an essential thing. And unplugging. You don’t realize how much stress being connected all the time causes.

  • Barbie Ritzman

    Digital world yes so much! I worked in this realm everyday and they for fun. I need to learn to unplug sometimes, which I rarely do!

  • christopher mitchell

    Honestly, this is the post that I needed to read right now, so thanks a ton for putting this together. More people need to be more candid about this kind of stuff!

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