Being tethered to electronic devices can trigger anxiety, depression and sleep issues. Try these tips from the American Psychological Association to prevent the downside of smartphone use.
1. Turn off your phone at night. Not hearing or seeing notifications will help you get a good night's sleep and can minimize exposure to blue light which can suppress the secretion of melatonin.
2. Check your phone less frequently. You'll feel less anxiety about staying connected.
3. Be social on social media sites. Actively posting and engaging is tied to better well-being - more than just looking at what you may be missing.
4. Don't use your phone while driving. To avoid an accident due to distracted driving, place your phone out of reach and turn off notifications. You might actually find it peaceful!