HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU CHECK YOUR PHONE A DAY?

When I was a teenager, whenever I was feeling a bit bored, I would stare at my digital watch It was a big Casio with alarms and a stopwatch and the ability to tell the time in a different country.

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I was captivated by the blinking LCD digits, the buttons, and the beeps. I can remember seeing how fast I could start and stop the stopwatch.

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And I got good at it. I was really fast!

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But there was only so much I could do with a digital watch.

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In putting together STOP THE SCROLL, I’ve been more conscious than ever of how many times I check my phone in a day.

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So, I decided I was going to keep track of my checking.

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Just noticing. Not trying to change anything but tuning into the feelings. The why.

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With no judgement.

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I found that I did it a lot. Over a hundred times a day.

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Every day.

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Some of the times I’m looking at the time, and other time I’m responding to some beep, ding, or buzz from social media or work email.

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But there have been times when I was checking looking at my phone simply because I was bored. There’s nothing wrong with that, but through doing nothing more than noticing, I’ve found myself checking my phone less, and instead doing something different — making a connection with someone else (or a kitty!), taking a few minutes to go outside for a breath of fresh air, or just taking a breath.

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And then, I might choose to check my phone or not.

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It becomes my choice.—I’m Adrian Kingsley-Hughes and I’ve been teaching people about the benefits and pitfalls of technology and social media for 25 years. I’m also a yoga teacher.

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That’s why I’m curious about how we can bring more mindfulness and awareness to our relationships with the phone, tablets and computers that are part of our lives.

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STOP THE SCROLL is 5-days of getting mindful – in a non judgey way – about your relationship to technology.

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Every day I’ll share some simple yoga and tech tips for you. Join me on a live-stream on the Inspiratrix Yoga Facebook or Instagram at 1pm or catch up later in the day on the Inspiratrix Yoga YouTube.

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Be in control of your tech toys… not controlled by them.

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If you feel like you have your tech habit under control, you probably don’t need this.

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But if you are secretly worried about how the scroll dominates your life and want some non-judgemental tips on changing that, then get your name on the list now.

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And tell your scroll-aholic friends too.

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Get your reminders here: https://bit.ly/2LakhVn

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#STOPTHESCROLL