Many of us carry our smartphones with us wherever we go. They have become an extension of their bodies.

They help us stay in touch with the world and ensure we don’t miss anything.

What happens when you don’t bring your phone with you?

Many people experience feelings of anxiety or disconnection. Nomophobia, or “no mobile device phobia,” is a condition that affects around half of adults.

What is Nomophobia?

Nomophobia occurs when our phone is not with us.

Like other anxiety disorders, you may experience:

  • Panic attacks
  • Breathing Changes
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Easy to irritate
  • Agitation
  • Disorientation
  • Elevated heart rate

Some people can experience these symptoms even if they are not without their mobile phone.

We can connect to others using our cell phones. Our cell phones give us instant access to social media, news, work documents and more.

Being separated from your phone can make you feel as if you’ve lost a lifeline.

What is the difference between abuse and use?

If you find that your fear of not having your phone is affecting your work, your personal relationships or your everyday life, it’s probably time to change.

You’ll feel some anxiety if you’re away from your loved ones. This anxiety shouldn’t be so severe that you cannot function without it.

Do You Check Your Phone Compulsively Even When You Don’t Want To?

Do You use your mobile phone to avoid dealing with or thinking about problems?

Do panic attacks occur when you cannot use your mobile phone?

Are you having trouble completing your tasks or focusing when you are not using your phone?

Do you find it difficult to carry out your duties, go about your daily chores and work after realizing you are away from your mobile phone?

Dealing with Phone-Separation Stress

Here are some tips that can help you if you feel anxious and panicky when separated from your phone.

Try going without your mobile phone for short periods and then gradually increase the time.

Examine what you think and believe about your smartphone. If you believe that something terrible will happen if your phone is missing, are these fears rational or realistic?

Find healthier ways to deal with anxiety and stress. Try other outlets to cope with your uncomfortable feelings instead of reaching for the phone.

Connect to the people and world around you. Discover new ways to have fun without your phone.

Be present and don’t let your anxiety about the phone prevent you from enjoying what is going on.

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