3 SIM­PLE WAYS TO RE­TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Modern Life -

1 GO OF­FLINE FOR 30 MIN­UTES A DAY Or longer, if pos­si­ble. De­cide on a pe­riod ev­ery day when you’re of­fline. The point is to be in con­trol of your phone, rather than have it con­trol you.

2 TURN OFF ‘PINGS’ Choose set times to look at mes­sages and, when­ever pos­si­ble, turn off the ‘pings’ on your phone that alert you to their ar­rival, each time ac­ti­vat­ing the feel-good chem­i­cal dopamine in your brain – it’s also ad­dic­tive.

3 LEARN HOW TO LEARN AGAIN

You must ex­pend ef­fort to learn, and that won’t hap­pen if you skim through some­thing on­line. Write it down, say it aloud or ex­plain it to a friend. It’s only when you re­peat it that the info be­comes en­coded deeply enough for you to re­tain it.

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