Mental health and wellbeing is very close to our hearts, and while we truly aim to have an always-on approach to covering all aspects of mental health, we have chosen to shine an extra bright light on #WorldMentalHealth today, and for the rest of October.
We bring you The Big Burn Out — a content series made up of honest personal essays, expert advice and practical recommendations.
You know the drill, your smartphone is the last thing you see before you go to sleep at night, and probably the first thing you look at in the morning. And although on reflection, this sounds like a sad reality, it's something that most of us can relate to.
But does our smartphone obsession really have the potential to cause us serious psychological harm?
According to a recent study published in the journal of NeuroRegulation, heavy smartphone use really can leave us feeling pretty sad.
The study indicated that participants who were heavy smartphone users reported increased feelings of depression, isolation and anxiety. Essentially indicating that being heavily connected to your device actually had the potential to impact you in a similar way a substance addiction would.
Even if you don't think you spend that much time on your phone, it's worth setting yourself a challenge in order to get an honest view of how many times you're reaching for your device on a daily basis. Whether it's turning off your alarm in the morning, aimlessly scrolling while you commute, or using your device to continuously multi-task, this constant reliance on your phone does have the potential to form neurological connections in your brain similar to those formed by people suffering from addiction.
So, take a phone-free moment to consider the impact being so connected to your device might be having on your life and your mental health, and reassess how you can strike a balance between allowing technology to simply your life, without ruling it.