Whether to avoid burnout, disconnect from work responsibilities at night, or just to ensure you have more “me” time, unplugging from your phone every once and a while is an important form of self-care. There’s no denying that phones have made life easier and information more accessible, but constantly playing on your phone or checking notifications can quickly morph into a distraction that doesn't make you feel good. If you need a little more balance between digital and real life, products that keep you and your hands busy are key to staying off your phone and kicking your handheld habit.
But, let's be honest: Staying off your phone can feel like a huge challenge. TechCrunch reported in 2017 that people in the U.S. spend an average of five hours a day on their mobile devices consuming media, so it’s safe to say that most of us could use the occasional digital detox.
This doesn’t mean you have to go days without using your phone or abstaining social media to glean the benefits. Rather, setting realistic goals — such as not using your phone an hour before bed, or turning it off during dinner — can make digital detoxes feel more attainable. What’s more, replacing the time spent on your phone with other activities can also make your digital detox a success.
If you find yourself reaching for your smartphone out of habit, these seven products that will help you beat the temptation, and stay off your cell.