Phones are great. They provide us with important information, like news, work emails, and ridiculous tweets from celebrities. But if you look at your phone first thing in the morning (which a lot of us do, thanks to our alarms), we start the ball rolling on a few not-so-great traits.
For one, by checking emails before we’ve even showered, we’re relinquishing control of our to-do list to someone else; your boss, co-worker, or client is doing it for you, which is pretty stressful and not an ideal start to the day.
News and social media does the same thing. Checking the news first thing can contribute to anxiety and depression, while our social streams can bombard us with information we don’t really need, leading to tension and – yup – more anxiety. It also starts that unproductive scroll cycle between Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter, which can set us off on the wrong foot for the rest of the day.