The Dichotomy Of Phone & Relaxation

The Dichotomy Of Phone & Relaxation


Is a phone an object of relaxation or a stressful item that keeps you occupied? Answers differ greatly about the uses of mobile phones. It’s understandable. Everyone is different, and therefore, there is more than one way to manage your interactions with your phone. This naturally feeds to the ever-growing dichotomy about smartphones. One part of the population villainies phones for the adverse impact they have on human beings. Others praise phones for helping them cope with difficult situations and finding inner peace. Which statement is correct? The answer is both. Your attitude entirely depends on your personality and relationship with technology. 

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They hinder relaxation

Phones are a pain. You find them practical at times, but they cause a high amount of stress more often than not. Why is it so?

Phone management is stressful

Steve Jobs said it best when he described the first iPhone as a mini-computer that fits in your pocket. The label phone is misleading. Your smartphone is a fully functional computer. And unless you’re an IT geek, computers can be tricky to manage. Between upgrades gone wrong and running out of storage space, owning a phone can be a source of stress and anxiety. There are some helpful tutorials and applications around to guide you through some of the processes, such as this handy guide on the best cleaner apps for iPhone so you can reclaim your memory space without losing vital data. These tips can provide some sense of support and peace when using your smartphone. However, they don’t prevent some of the most common stress triggers with mobile phones:

  • Running out of battery or receiving a low battery warning when you don’t have any charging option available
  • Losing data or application through upgrade mishaps
  • Discovering that some features have inexplicably stopped working

It means you are cut from the real world

Here’s an interesting fact for you. According to a study, Americans touch their phones over 2,600 times in a day. Pings, notifications, and messages keep flashing on the screen. According to N. Carr, tech and culture author, we know enough to be worried about our smartphones’ influence over our lives. We are bound to check all those notifications, driven by the fear of missing out. The simple presence of a smartphone automatically encourages people to reduce day-to-day conversations and physical interactions. Why? Because we rely too much on phones. When something occurs outside the mobile realm, does it happen if there is no notification, data, or app to testify? More worryingly, people seem to be losing the ability to read emotional cues when they don’t have a screen covered in emojis for guidance. Yet, we can’t take the phone away from our routine because we’re too dependent on it. 

Blue light effect

The phone screen is often the last thing you see before going to bed. Whether you set up your alarm or check your emails a last time, the blue light can affect your sleeping patterns. Our circadian rhythms interpret blue light as a sign that the body and mind should be active. Blue lights mean daytime, as some of the sun UVs are natural blue light. Even though screens produce artificial blue light, it is sufficient to trick the brain into believing it’s daytime. As a result, you might struggle to fall asleep, or your sleeping patterns could be disrupted — so you wake up frequently during the night. Our screens harm sleep quality, making us more vulnerable to stressful triggers. 

They encourage relaxation

However, some people rely on their movies to soothe their worried minds. And guess what? It can be equally successful! 

Create a relaxing playlist and listen 

We all understand the role of music in our well-being. Music can generate positive emotions, helping people fight off stress or depression. Creating a soothing playlist that you can access with a click on your mobile can have a tremendous effect on your mental health. Music is proven to decrease cortisol levels — the stress hormone — and increase serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin levels — happy hormones. 

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Meditation and counseling support

Sometimes, you need to stop your mind from racing through anxiety-inducing ideas. Your phone can give you access to some of the best relaxing apps and contacts available. An app such as Talkspace allows individuals to reach out to a helpful and supportive therapy network. The app can also be part of your health insurance cover, providing access to live video therapy or text messaging as and when needed. 

If you prefer a self-help approach, countless meditation apps can also help you relax your mind and regain control. Headspace has grown in popularity during the pandemic for its accessible format, introducing the benefits of meditation to beginners and seasoned users. 

Is your phone stressful or a tool of relaxation? There is no black or white answer. Like most things in life, it’s often up to you to define what kind of interaction you want with your phone. 

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Common Mistakes To Avoid When Job Hunting

Finding a new job is no walk in the park, particularly in the wake of a pandemic. If you’ve been searching for a while, or you’re stumbling at the first hurdle, here are some common mistakes to avoid to improve your chances.

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Submitting dated resumes

One of the most important tasks to cross off your list when you apply for a job is updating your resume. If you’re submitting or uploading a dated version, you could be missing out on opportunities. Make sure your resume includes up to date information about your qualifications and employment history and double-check it before you apply for every job. 

Sending the same resume and cover letter for every job

It is essential to tailor your resume and cover letter to each role, regardless of how many jobs you’re applying for and how many rejections you’ve had. If you feel like you are spending all of your waking hours submitting applications, you might not want to take the time to review and revamp your resume, but tailoring your application to each position will increase your chances of getting the job. Read the job description and tweak your resume and cover letter accordingly.

Your online image

Employers have access to information about candidates via online resources, sites, apps and channels. If you are struggling to get past the first phases of the recruitment process, your online image or reputation may be a contributing factor. If you have shared or liked posts that could be deemed controversial, or you have a criminal record related to charges that have been dropped, there are solutions. You can use professional services to remove mugshots and delete social media content. It’s also beneficial to check that your accounts and profiles are set to private so that the content you post or share is only visible to your friends. 

Looking in the wrong places

There are many ways to find a job in 2021. While applying for a job used to involve flicking through newspaper adverts or calling into stores or offices and asking about vacancies, most people now search online. Although there are some fantastic resources available for job-seekers, it is possible to find yourself in the wrong place. Try to focus on high-quality sites that are relevant to the industry in which you want to work, contact reputable recruitment agencies, and upload your resume to websites that have an excellent reputation and an impressive track record. You can also use social media apps to hear about job openings and find out more about companies and organizations if you have an interview. It’s also wise to network and to use your contacts to find out about opportunities. 

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Are you finding it tough to get interviews, or are you firing off applications to no avail? Job hunting can be challenging, especially during a very uncertain period. If you’re looking for a new role, make sure you’re not making the mistakes listed above. Tailor applications, update your resume, enhance your online image and use reputable recruitment agencies and job sites to find vacancies.

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