Find a person to be your partner for this challenge. Instead of playing games on your phone, you can text for friend whenever you’re feeling the need to engage with games. Your friend can be your accountability partner.
Another thing to do is get a book you’ve been wanting to read. Pick up your book whenever you feel the urge to play games. You’ll finish the book in no time!
Delete all of your games right now. No matter how much you do not want to. And if you have an iPhone, set limits under Settings > Screen Time. 1- It will remind you to stop using your phone. 2-It will also tell you which apps besides games are feeding your phone addiction. Consider deleting those apps too.
This is a really hard question to answer. I am as you addicted to my phone games, and it takes way too much time of my day when I should be doing other things like cleaning and playing with my child. My latest strategy is to just go “cold turkey”, so I’ve erased the games from my phone, but I know that I can always get them back, and I don’t think that is a good thing, it makes it easy to relapse. And in my journal I log how many days I’ve been without gaming, and that’s something that keeps my spirits up. I also write “It was good of me as an act to myself not to play games today.” And last I would like you too think of what it is that makes you want to play? In my case in is an escape from doing things I should be doing that I think is boring and also an escape from anxiety and stress. Try to think of something else to do that aren’t addictive and that is stimulating and fun. Good Luck!
- How often do you fail at disconnecting in the evenings?
- Do you turn off flight mode when you sleep?
- Do you ever use your phone as a security blanket?
- How exactly can you resist the urge to to constantly check your phone?
- Is there anything else to do but read? I don’t have a music player besides my phone
- How do you stop looking at your phone first thing?
- What do you do in the time between disconnecting & unplugging and falling asleep? To get ready for bed?
- My husband and I watch TV after our son goes to bed. This is our wind down time together, but often means we are looking at a screen until quite late at night. How do I fit watching what I want to watch with my husband into the day without having screen time before bed?
- How do you success at avoiding your phone? How do you manage to break the addiction?
- How do you replace your screen time at bedtime? As a mom, sometimes after their bedtime is the only time I get to myself. It’s hard to use that time to wind down and go to sleep when it’s the only “me” time I have.