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About 3.5 billion people around the world have smartphones. These handy devices are common, essential parts of our lives. They keep us connected to work, home, and loved ones. For some of us, they have taken the place of bulkier computers. For others, they supplement work and school devices. Unfortunately, they can also be a major drain on our time and resources, particularly when it comes to social media, gaming, and texting and apps.
If you are struggling to balance your smartphone use or dealing with unwanted consequences, then it is time to reassess and take control through phone addiction hypnosis.
When you think of addiction, you might think of substances: alcohol, tobacco, or harder drugs. People can be addicted to nearly anything, however. Addiction is not about the object of the addiction but rather our behavior. When we are addicted to something, our behaviors tend to be impulsive or compulsive, continuing even when there are negative outcomes.
With smartphones, the phone itself is rarely the issue. Those with smartphone addictions are often compulsively obsessed with social media, texting, online dating, games, apps, and the virtual world to which the phone connects us.
The amount of time you spend on your phone does not necessarily indicate an addiction. Rather, it is your behavior surrounding the phone. Smartphone addiction may be characterized by:
- Feeling anxiety when your battery meter is low or running out
- Neglecting real-life relationships in favor of online relationships or phone activities
- Spending so much time on your phone that you neglect work, school, or hobbies
- Checking social media feeds compulsively
- Ignoring home, school, or work responsibilities due to your phone
- Focusing on your phone to the exclusion of all other activities
- Becoming irritated when your phone use is interrupted
In some cases, your family and friends may have observed or expressed concern about how much time you spend on your phone. As a result, you might feel as though you need to conceal your phone use. With self-hypnosis, you can begin to come out of the shadows and free yourself from your phone.
Managing Smartphone Addiction with Self-Hypnosis
Unlike substance misuse, smartphone addiction does not necessarily affect your health. It can, however, have far-reaching consequences for your mental health and your life. Any addictive behavior can trigger your brain to release dopamine. Over time, you build up a tolerance and will eventually need more of the same behavior to get the same pleasurable feelings from your brain.
Replacing human interaction with your phone may also be an avoidance strategy. Rather than addressing negative feelings such as loneliness, anxiety, and depression directly, you are coping through the use of your phone. Because your feelings are never properly managed or addressed, they can worsen over time. One study even found that social media dependency strongly correlates with depression and anxiety.
Our hypnotherapist offers an alternative that can get to the source of the issue. You can learn to end your dependency, manage your emotions better and cut the cord to your smartphone. With the help of our hypnotherapist, you can spot the unhealthy triggers and thought patterns driving you to depend on your phone to an unhealthy degree.
Self-hypnosis can also help you develop new associations and positive mindsets. With hypnotherapy, you can learn to channel your energy to self-nurturing and useful outlets rather than checking your phone and scrolling social media feeds. You can overcome your anxiety, depression, and other underlying issues.
Hypnotherapy has been used to address other compulsive behavior, such as overeating and smoking, and it can help you, too. Our hypnotherapist can help you get to the root of your compulsions and overcome them. Visit Renewed Edge Hypnotherapy Centre today to learn more about using phone addiction hypnosis to overcome your smartphone addiction.