Mindless scrolling has become the norm for many but if you really want to live and lead a happier, more fulfilled and successful life then it really pays to know the answer to ‘How do I get rid of mindless scrolling.
Therefore, why I’ve written this post.
Mindless scrolling is ruining your life.
But you wouldn’t be reading this post if on some level you didn’t already know that.
And not only because you heard or read something about mindless scrolling being bad for you before.
But on an intuitive, bodily level.
Which is important because somewhere deep inside you is a part that is being called to do something of more significance with your life than what you might currently be doing. And engaging in the act of mindless scrolling is taking you away from discovering it and working towards it.
Therefore, why in this post I’m talking about what mindless scrolling is and how to get rid of mindless scrolling so you can get your life back whether you think you have a life or not because you do have one to tend to and care for even if it doesn’t feel like you have one right now.
So, let’s get started.
When does mindless scrolling apply?
Mindless scrolling is most commonly associated with social media, including, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Tik Tok, Twitter, Netflix, etc.
But, it can also include blog posts, and news articles, as you move from one related article to the next and the next.
Therefore, finding yourself in this proverbial rabbit hole of content after content after content.
What does mindless scrolling mean?
Mindless scrolling, therefore, is the act of scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Tik Tok, Twitter, Netflix, the internet on your phone, laptop or computer without a second thought.
That is, there’s no direction, no goal, other than to simply scroll through the internet and social media to see what’s new and potentially what other people are up to, which means you can spend hours upon hours upon hours, day after day (if you’re not careful) doing this, not for a second realising how much time you’re wasting.
And it could be that you intended to do one thing, but then got caught up mindlessly scrolling through the sheer appeal of a news article(s) or Youtube video(s) etc because it’s just so quick and easy to find yourself doing.
Not to mention that when you see others doing it, you think it’s socially acceptable to be doing it too so you go ahead and do it too.
What you neglect to realise, however, is that those people may be at a different stage in their lives to you in terms of their thinking, feeling and believing about themselves, their lives and their capabilities in achieving their dreams.
So are in a completely different league and race to you.
And just because others choose to do it doesn’t mean you have to choose to do it. You can instead choose another way. But to be able to recognise the choices you have available to you at any given moment you have to work to overcome your very own social conditioning around the use of the internet, social media, your phone, computer and laptop.
Why scrolling social media is bad?
The act of mindlessly scrolling through social media and the internet isn’t necessarily bad in itself and doesn’t mean ‘there’s anything wrong with you’ for doing it.
We all do it and sometimes we stumble on something we’re really thankful we came across.
But that’s not always the case.
I mean I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve stumbled across something I didn’t want to see but served me right because I shouldn’t have been looking at what I was looking at.
Instead, I should have been minding my own business and my own life, focusing on my own goals and dreams.
But I didn’t know any better because I hadn’t learnt to listen to that still inner voice inside and what it wanted and even if I had I didn’t believe in my capabilities in achieving it so I gave up quickly if indeed that is, I tried at all.
So the key here, you see, is in your ability to identify what actions make you feel what.
And in your ability to stop yourself (in the moment) when you notice that you’re getting a bit too carried away with mindless scrolling.
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What’s wrong with mindless scrolling?
So what’s really wrong with the act of mindless scrolling you ask?
- Your reasons behind why you engage in mindless scrolling; and
- The unknowing cost it’s having on you, your life and achieving your hopes, dreams, wishes and desires is essentially what’s wrong.
So let’s take a look at each in turn.
Reasons why you mindlessly scroll
The number one reason why you might engage in mindless scrolling is boredom.
In other words, you don’t know what else to do with your time.
So you try to escape the feeling of boredom whenever you can by filling it with the internet and social media because you were brought up with these things.
Therefore, they seem normal and natural things to do with your time.
2) You can’t see a life beyond the use of the internet, social media and your electronic devices
What I mean by this is because you grew up with the internet, social media and electronic devices, you have learnt to identify yourself and your life with these objects.
In other words, they have become who you are and what your life is all about.
But I’ve got news for you, before the internet, social media and your electronic devices comes you.
In other words, your thoughts, your feelings and your beliefs.
Which all matter because they are directing your life.
But you can’t hear them and what they’re telling you because…
a) You haven’t been trained to really listen to what they’re telling you; and
b) You’re consumed by mindless scrolling that it’s all you do and think about.
3) Not feeling good enough
Not feeling good enough goes back to feeling a lack of self-worth.
In other words, feeling as though something is missing within you and your life and as a result, why you can’t create and/or have the life you would love.
Just like those you love to follow on the internet and social media.
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3) Lack of direction in your life
You don’t know what your mission in life is and so you don’t have a vision for your life either.
So you take action after action, but those actions don’t seem to lead you to a life of significance.
Therefore, once again you waste your time on social media and the internet because you think ‘what else is there to do’.
4) To avoid the lack of relationships in your life and why that might be
If we’re feeling terrible about ourselves then it’s easy to use social media and the internet as another excuse for avoiding the lack of meaningful and deep relationships in our lives.
Along with our lack of skills in this area.
And sure we might have tons of friends but are they really providing us with the fulfilment and satisfaction we’re looking for deep down?
Because if we were really honest with ourselves we’d probably realise they don’t.
5) Addicted to mindless scrolling
The act of mindless scrolling, however, isn’t simply down to you.
It’s purposely made to be addictive in nature so companies can make money, which again isn’t bad in itself.
It’s simply a matter of whether we’re able to recognise this on some level so we don’t get swept up with it.
And can somewhat easily turn back to focusing on what matters to us.
What it means to be addicted to mindless scrolling?
To be addicted to mindless scrolling is to get a rush from it.
Therefore, getting a temporary sense of happiness and relief from engaging in the act.
Then when you’ve been off it for quite some time you start to feel like something’s missing and like you need to be doing something so you return back to your phone/laptop/computer and social media/the internet.
Why is mindless scrolling addictive?
According to this article by Healthline, social media is said to signal a dopamine hit to the brain, which is the hormone associated with pleasure.
This means we’re hooked whether we want to be or not and whether we realise it or not.
Therefore, requires some unlearning.
The cost it has on you and your life
All the reasons above, therefore, give you no reason or incentive to find a better way to live and lead a better life because mindless scrolling makes it so easy to ignore and dismiss the reasons why you engage in the act, as though they’re insignificant to you and your life when they’re not.
This is a shame because there’s so much more to life and who you are beyond mindless scrolling but you can’t see it.
In particular, in regards to how you view yourself, the people, places, experiences and relationships in your life.
How do I get rid of mindless scrolling (and get my life back)?
So how do you get rid of mindless scrolling to get your life back?
Well, I can give you some tips and tricks about how to get rid of mindless scrolling on your own like…
- Adding an app, which limits your time on certain apps
- Switching off your phone and locking it away; or
- Replacing the act of mindless scrolling with a positive behaviour like exercise
But whilst that’s all said and done and good, none of it will truly work.
Sure it might work for a day or two, but it will not work in the long-term because you’re not addressing and seeking to resolve the reasons why you engage in mindless scrolling.
In other words, as an avoidance strategy for what you’re really thinking, feeling and believing about yourself and your life or as a way to simply pass the time because you don’t know what your dreams, goals and aspirations in life are.
Therefore, why as always I suggest working with a Counselling Psychotherapist.
Why work with a Counselling Psychotherapist?
1) To get the truth
The reason I suggest working with a Counselling Psychotherapist is that as I say in my post 6 SIGNS TO KNOW YOU ARE IN THE GOOD COMPANY OF A GREAT THERAPIST your therapist will not tell you what you want you to hear but what you need to hear.
Therefore, helping you to build your emotional resilience over time.
This is important because your mind has a sneaky way of deceiving you as it operates within the confines of all it has been taught and all it has known.
As a result, is a contributing factor for why you can’t see beyond it to all the other possibilities and potentials available to you and your life.
Therefore, by working with a Counselling Psychotherapist you can uncover the truth behind why you engage in mindless scrolling and other ways you can spend your time, which doesn’t involve constantly being switched on and on the go.
2) Developing your awareness
Once you get the truth, you can then become aware of the thoughts, feelings and beliefs, which are reinforcing this behaviour.
So you can learn to notice when they arise and stop yourself from mindless scrolling at a moments notice.
This overtime too will lead to mindless scrolling carrying much less weight in your mind than it currently does because you will realise there are other ways you can be spending your time, money and resources for a happier life.
3) Teaching you how to disconnect from the addiction of mindless scrolling
The tools, EFT, Matrix Reimprinting, mindfulness and meditation can support you in disconnecting from and limiting your act of mindless scrolling over time as they are the tools that give you the power to notice what you’re thinking, feeling and believing.
However, to feel motivated to practice the tools, mainly mindfulness and meditation, on a regular and frequent basis you need accountability so when you do veer off track (and you will because it’s difficult to change ingrained habits), they can bring you back on course over and over again.
Summary: How do I get rid of mindless scrolling to get my life back?
So there you have it, the answer to your question, how to get rid of mindless scrolling to get my life back.
Firstly, understand what mindless scrolling is so you can identify within you when you do it.
Then recognise there are potential reasons and unknowing costs to you and your life by engaging in mindless scrolling, which you aren’t able to realise right now.
And once you do this, don’t go it alone.
Work with a Counselling Psychotherapist to uncover and work on the reasons why you engage in mindless scrolling.
So you can also realise the cost it’s really having on you and your life.
And therefore, can act as a deterrent towards engaging in mindless scrolling.
Now over to you…
How much time do you spend mindless scrolling? and will you work to reduce or eliminate your time mindlessly scrolling with a Counselling Psychotherapist?
Let me know your answers in the comments section below.
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