Maybe you’re not one of those phone scrollers. If so, this one is not for you.
However, the way ordinary people operate these days, it is very very common to grab your phone first thing in the morning and shit scroll. Why do we do that? Though it is a common behaviour, “Whys” are not something we generally think about. Not unless we are forced to.
Doomscrolling is a result of mindless living.
However, the need to know things that we don’t need to know, to be the first one to have a piece of random information and to just enjoy the content that can be gossiped about makes us go on and on and on.
It’s good to be informed. But filling your head with unwanted information first thing in the morning is not so good.
Isn’t that CRAZY!
IT IS. And if you don’t agree then you are 🤷🏼♀️
I have a lot of articles on how to stop mindless scrolling.
General tips to stop scrolling
- Admit that there’s a problem.
- Set a time limit for your social media/ news consumption.
- Delete social apps from your phone.
- Go cold turkey, and delete your accounts.
- Turn notifications off.
- Don’t sleep with your phone.
- Scroll with purpose.
- Use extensions on chrome to stay focused.
All of these things are good. All of these things are something that you should practice. Or at least some of these.
Why replace scrolling with reading?
Enjoying the free time that you might get if you stop scrolling sounds great. However, wouldn’t it be amazing to replace this entire habit with a good habit?
I don’t think I need to tell you why is reading good for you. But still, here we go:
- It helps you sleep better.
- It makes you smarter.
- It helps you communicate better.
- It improves your vocabulary.
- It reduces stress.
- It inspires you.
- It helps you become a better version of yourself.
- It improves your analytic skills.
- It enhances your knowledge.
- It promotes overall wellness.
The list can go on and on and on and on.
Run a 7-day experiment – Read more, scroll less
- Pick a book.
- Pick a day.
- When you get up, don’t look at your phone, pick up that book.
- Set a 30 minutes timer and keep reading.
- Don’t quit till the timer buzzes.
- Journal about your experience. Note down the changes you notice in yourself – both physical and mental.
- Look at the change in your average screen time.
What happens when you read for 30 minutes after waking up instead of scrolling through your phone?
- You will start the day on a happier note.
- You will feel less stressed.
- Your eyes will thank you.
- You will learn something new – it can be a word, information etc. It will make you smarter.
- You might feel happier in general.
Reading instead of scrolling will incorporate JOMO into your life. And JOMO life is the best life.
So tell me, do you scroll or you don’t?