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10 Ways To REALLY Switch Off

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Always playing around on your smartphone? Spend all day staring at a screen? It could be stressing you out. Natasha Wynarczyk has 10 tips for switching off and letting your mind relax

We all live increasingly hectic lifestyles, constantly relying on multitasking and our smartphones to get the job done. But this is taking a toll on our wellbeing.

More people in the UK are suffering from stress than ever before, with 6,370 hospital admissions for stress from May 2011-2012, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre. A recent survey said 10 per cent of us are even suffering from ‘smartphone addiction’, leaving us anxious and feeling socially isolated.

Here, we look at 10 ways to help you switch off and live in the moment.

1. Mindfulness training
A brain training technique which looks set to be a new craze. Mindfulness training can radically improve your ability to cope with stress by teaching you to stop multitasking and focus on one thing at a time. The technique draws on breathing exercises used in activities such as yoga to help you take a step back from your emotions and observe them from a detached perspective. Experts from the Mental Health Foundation have said their online mindfulness course, which you can download here, is proving to be as effective as face-to-face therapy.

2. Keep your phone in your bag when meeting friends
We’ve all been for dinner with a friend before and have sat there feeling bored and unloved when trying to speak to them and they’re constantly checking their phone. We’ve probably also all committed this kind of rudeness against somebody too. Try to fight the urge to check your emails and actually talk to your friends when you meet up with them – a recent study showed people who interact face to face are 50 per cent happier than those who interact mainly on social media. The former also laugh more, which is a great way to de-stress.

3. Turn off your phone and computer before bed
Always tired? Find it hard to fall asleep at night? Many of us have fallen into the trap of checking our smartphones or emails right before bed. Experts saying using electronic equipment an hour before bed can disrupt our circadian rhythms and stimulate our brains making it harder to relax and fall asleep. Make a pact with yourself to turn your phone off 1-2 hours before bed and do something more relaxing, like having a bath or reading a book instead.

4. Stop alert tones
If you feel you need to respond to every single message tone or noise your phone makes, put it on silent. This may sound simple, but will completely improve your concentration and allow you to focus on what you need to do, whether it be working or making dinner.






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