If you're an iPhone user, you may have noticed that Apple has recently introduced a new, sobering feature called "Screen Time" which informs you, in minutes and hours, how much time you spend on social media.
Apple Tim Cook's CEO has been developed to allow smartphone owners to regain control over the use of the phone, but for many of us has provided a surprising insight into how hopelessly we depend on browsing applications such as Instagram and Facebook.
While this may be a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, experts warn that too much time for applications can trigger feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
However, the most terrible thing? Research has shown that the more you get drunk on them, the worse your feelings become.
It's possible that it has never been more important for you to make regular phone breaks, so here, Juliet Hodges, Bupa UK Change Expert (bupa.co.uk), gave her the most important tips about well-being. need a break from social media.
Set yourself a reachable goal
If the thought of deleting your Instagram account fills you with terror, start with a less discouraging time. "Many people have unrealistic goals that are too large to sustain and achieve," says Hodges. "Thinking that you never use social media can be daunting and you can give in. But if the goal is achievable and you have a clear deadline, you can be successful and exceed your expectations."
He thinks Christmas is one of the best times you can opt out of social media because you can only be logged out for a short time, and you'll have a week of holiday entertainment that will distract you from your messages.
The best way to make sure that you stick to the ban? Tell people that you are leaving the network for some time.
"I know it sounds ironic, but tell people nearby that you" log out, "or if it suits you, share it on your social media accounts," says Hodges. "We want to be seen as acting consistently, especially in the presence of others, so one way to make sure you do not get out of the car is to tell people around you what you plan to do."
"Research shows that people with the best will power are not extremely strong in the face of temptation – they just avoid putting themselves in this situation," reveals Hodges. "It may sound like a bold step, but think about removing social applications from your phone." As the old proverb says, out of sight, without mind.
Know your triggers
Research shows that it is much easier to create new habits when we combine them with activities or triggers that already exist in our daily lives.
"Why not use the morning coffee or an afternoon walk to completely give up the device?", Suggests Hodges. "Instead, take a book with you or use it as an opportunity to exercise mindfulness."
Do not be afraid
Habits are extremely difficult to break, and most of us will fall out of the car at some point when we try to make changes, but what's important, says Hodges, is how you treat yourself in these moments.
"Those who show their compassion, treating themselves with kindness and understanding, when they submit, are much more effective in the long run than those who fight for every mistake.
"It is equally important to celebrate your successes. Set short-term goals (they can even be everyday goals) and let yourself be patted on your achievements."
– Press Association