The Pros & Cons of Looking at Your Phone First Thing!

The alarm rings… what do you do? As soon as your eyes flip open, are you reaching for your phone to see what’s up, or do you keep a digital distance early in the morning?

An Elite Daily article says that looking at your phone before you’re completely awake can interfere with your day, and Kanye West has a similar attitude.

He tweeted last year, “when you first wake up don't hop right on the phone or the internet or even speak to anyone for even up to an hour if possible. Just be still and enjoy your own imagination. It's better than any movie.”

Not going directly for that screen is often easier said than done. For Tamera, it’s all out of unconscious habit. “My fingers just start going to Twitter or Instagram, and then I realize – you guys, this is so horrible – that I’ve been on the phone for 15, 20 minutes just looking at my texts, people who text me at night.” Since her time gets lost, and it only feels like only 5 minutes, she ends up starting her day stressed.

For Jeannie, a lot of good things are on the phone, since she gets messages from her family at night, and that kick-starts her day. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but I do think if you can’t get away from it, like if you’re addicted, that’s a problem.” Jeannie separates her work messages from her social ones, so she can get back to people who need a quick response.

Adrienne’s husband Israel doesn’t allow her to set the alarm on her phone, because she has the problem of locking in right away. “He felt like that started the day off on the wrong foot, so for him it’s important that we connect in the morning.” It brings a stillness to allow her to have an intention for her day!

Loni is a self-proclaimed news junkie, and likes to see what happened while she was asleep. Since she gets up early, she feels it's her responsibility to try to post something positive at the beginning of the day. “I appreciate when people come back and are like, 'This is the first thing I’ve seen today.'”

Whose morning routine do you relate to? Do you instantly grab your phone, or do you take time to focus on your day?


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