How do I disconnect?

Richard X.
You can disconnect freezing your social network apps, or simply put your android phone in focus mode, focus mode allows to freeze some apps

Veronica P.
You can set a reminder. A simple calendar reminder that pops up as a notification will do. That's what I do. That can remind you to stop with the blue light

Hazael E.
I disconnect in a multiple layered process I like to unwind mainly by smoking marijuana and then listening to good music whatever I'm in

Sylvia G.
there are many ways to disconnect, it all depends on what works for you. for example, i’m a passionate reader, so disconnecting (leaving my phone 30 minutes or more before bed) is when i read, being my habit of disconnection. disconnecting simply means separating yourself from technology/work and replacing that time with habits that relax/are enjoyed. use that disconnection to do something that YOU like (that doesn’t include blue light).

Leslie N.
I find that the best way to disconnect is to completely put your phone and electronics out of site into a draw so you have no temptation to go on them. The reason why we should avoid going on our electronics before bed is because they can make you stay up late with distractions as well as the light reacting with your brain to keep you awake longer. It’s best to stay away for about an hour before bed so I recommend reading, writing about your day, listening to music or drawing, anything that helps you relax and get ready for bed

Isabella I.
I am plugged during the day and a half an hour before I have to go to bed I don’t play on my phone and it’s easy because I can watch a movie with my mom and play on the computer instead and I also don’t know I’m in here I can just watch a movie with my mom instead of going on electronics or I can read a book or play with my dog

Trisha N.
For me, disconnecting just means not using your phone. I either go to sleep, or do something creative for at least 30 minutes. I also use it as putting my phone down 30 minutes to an hour before my bedtime.

Emeline C.
I disconnect by having my phone be set to turn on the blue light filtering to notify me it is time to get ready for bed. Then at 10:20 the screen goes from color to black and white and is in silent mode so I cango to bed with little distractions

Lorenz T.
this depends on what your looking to disconnect from, a person, job, media. Recently i’ve had to take sometime off social media, it’s not about forcing yourself to do nothing with your time it’s about filling in the time you would be on it with more productive things like reading, cooking, cleaning, exercise, planning or relaxing

Fern U.
For me?
I'm not sure… i like saying goodnight and good morning to my boyfriend every day but we're long distance and therefore can only communicate via phone….

But, this means disconnecting, (the usual answer is to put the phone in another room, but…. i use an alarm on weekdays to get up, and use my phone for my morning workout (to inform me of what i need to do)

This can be problematic, so, I set my phone (via settings and the "parental controls and digital wellness" sections) and set my phone to "me time" this allows me to choose apps that i can use (such as text or discord, as well as a notes app or just having the tab for the workout open) and preventing me from opening apps that i am not allowed to use (such as other social media and news apps, also youtube, since that also leads me down a rabbit hole)

I don't think you necessarily need to disconnect fully, but just, minimise the amount of "other people stuff" and blue light that you're able to access, for instance, if i find myself losing myself in instagram, ticktok or youtube then i will take a break from it (ideally by uninstalling).

This app gives me habits to complete, but to me it feels more like it's taking the pressure off of myself to actually make and follow my own plans to sort my life out… for me the nighttime routine step of disconnecting from the world and preparing for sleep begins with brushing my teeth.

I use a herbal toothpaste at night as mint seems to wake me up and if i make sure to move the brush slowly but firmly across my teeth it helps me to focus on the feelings (something which i did as a kid, but forgot as i got older, when i'd brush my teeth too fast and too hard and get gums that'd always bleed even though they are healthy)

Anna C.
Switch off all screens & devices, reading kindles excepted (don't use tablets, the Web will suck you in) or put them out of reach.
Lower the lights, use ambient or low energy music.
Spend time just sitting and noticing how you feel, journaling, reading etc.
The point is to ditch the world outside and return to yourself.

Faith R.
Try to do sports or anything else that helps you ease your mind. Disconnect your phone half an hour before you sleep and disconnect for an hour on a daily notion while you do what calms you

Giulia N.
it depend about what you want to disconnect to, if you’re talking about your Toughts I wish I knew that,I think you just should write your toughts out maybe draw them

Kaitlyn C.
Honestly we all know it is so hard but you just have to tell yourself it’s ok to not pick up the phone. I literally have to tell myself NO don’t touch it. And sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I put it on Do not disturb during my 2 hour workouts and I don’t scroll on any social platforms until about 9 or 10 am. After I’ve taken care of myself. My morning routine comes first. No I had to teach my self with repetition to not scroll in the morning time. It’s just a process and your probably telling yourself you can’t when in all reality you actually can you just have to believe in yourself.

Julie N.
I turn off tv, put my phone away and pick up a book. Try to read for 20-30 minutes before I turn off the light at night.

Casey C.
The problem with that question is if the process requires deeper work in areas I need my phone the real answer is I need a desk and a make up bench

Andrea Z.
Hi! Not long ago I tried a dopamine detox and I found it very useful to disconnect from using my phone all the time. The secret is making the things you want to avoid harder to do, for instance if you want to avoid using Instagram so much, you could put the app icon hidden so it is harder to enter, or straight up delete it for two weeks. Another thing that helped me is using a website blocker. I was watching way too many videos in YouTube so after avoiding it for two weeks (the time of the detox) I allowed myself only half an hour of YouTube a day. It forces me to be critical with what I am watching and to avoid falling down the rabbit hole again.
I hope this is helpful!

Klaus Ulrich X.
Get a book, use the time doing anything for yourself, go for a walk with your dog… Anything you like and conects with yourself