No More Notifications

I’ve taken steps to cut stress from my life. My living situation was stressful, so I moved out into a one bedroom apartment. I worked a stressful job so I quit. I bounced around jobs for a few months before settling as a barista. I felt my life was simpler. Some days were still stressful. I still had panic attacks and some days I hated going to work. I didn’t understand what exactly was setting me off. Several things added to my stress triggers. I didn’t know where to begin to solve this issue. I started with what I could control.

I noticed when I was working, I kept my phone on silent. It vibrated every time I got a notification. While in a stressful moment at work, I would get several vibrations in my pocket at the same time. With too much stimulation; it made me angry adding more stress. I first turned off the vibration setting, but this only solved half the problem. I hate seeing the icons on apps indicating how many notifications I have. All the banners, buttons, and icons became overwhelming. I went through the settings of each app and turned off notifications. My phone fell quiet.

Text messages and phone calls are still on but not much else. If I want to check my notifications, I have to open the app. My stress levels have gone down. I’m not getting overstimulated. I still struggle in overcrowded social situations. I manage things better by controlling things I can control. I wish I could go back to the time when notifications made me happy. I felt connected and like others were thinking of me. Now notifications feel meaningless. They’re extra unwanted noise. I’m quieting everything in my life. This will help quiet my mind and the healing can continue.

I recommend disconnecting from the online world for a day now and then. Think of it as recharging your social battery. Go out into nature, read that book, write that story, explore a new place. The notifications never go away. I’m trying not to worry about clearing them anymore. I’ll get to them when I get to them. There’s no need to rush anything. Easier said than done. My mind is always racing. I want to slow down and be calm. I still have panic attacks, but they’re not caused by my phone anymore. I almost look forward to checking notifications again. Almost.

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11 Replies to “No More Notifications”

  1. Love this post. I’ve been trying to figure out how to minimize social media in my life without completely deleting it, and this is a really good idea! I’m going to have to try this!

  2. Good for you.

    Takes courage to assess our real situation and take action

    Have you considered those alerts are influenced by your judgments

    Texts and email can be neutral

    We do not have to feel obligation or loss because we have texts

    Answer them when you safe and secure

    Answer at your own pace

    This will teach them you will respond on your timetable

    Smile enjoy

  3. I totally get this. I recently turned off all notifications and also unsubscribed from a lot of the lists that were flooding my inbox. The quiet is beautiful. Iโ€™m happy itโ€™s helping you too! ๐Ÿ’•

  4. I did this for several months and it really helped my stress levels. I would like to go back to it again, but right now I will forget to check, and there are people I want to keep in contact with.

  5. Welp! You certainly said a mouthful and I totally agree with the steps that youโ€™ve chosen to improve your well being. Decompressing from social media is a breath of fresh air, because itโ€™s so darn toxic! Good for you. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  6. I have also turned off my notifications (except the important) on my phone and in the morning I do not look on my phone during I’m in bed again. My stress is started to down when I have done this!

  7. ๐Ÿ™‚ I deleted my Facebook about 3 years ago and man ALOT of my anxiety has went away. I honestly dreaded opening the app every day but I felt like i had to in order to keep up with life and what everyone else was doing or wearing or eating. Much better now!

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