Set "on" and "Off" Hours
Set blocks of time where you don't respond to phone calls, texts, and emails, said Nicole Liloia, LCSW, and shorter periods of time when you do. This will help you focus and leave you feeling less overwhelmed by alerts and notifications throughout the day. You could even put your phone in "do not disturb" mode during off hours.
Taking a break from your phone or computer resets your mind and naturally lowers stress levels, Risa Williams said. Make it a mini digital detox with as little tech as possible: meditate, work out, go for a walk, or listen to music, she suggested.
When it comes to family and friends, you could even try setting on and off days, choosing a specific day and time to talk with those reaching out the most, said psychologist Kelly Donohoe. "Often, when loved ones know when they're going to talk with us, they feel less anxious," she explained. "It is OK to tell others that we need a break and we are going to turn off our phone for a day, happy to respond tomorrow. This way people know that we are going to take a solitude break and won't panic."