A FORMER nanny shared her tips on how to prevent scrolling through social media at night.
Terra Joy, who goes by @thesagesoul on TikTok shared her “adult toy basket” featuring multiple items to give people alternatives to using their phones in bed.
“This basket is for mornings and nights when I am laying in bed and I don’t want to be scrolling, but I want to be doing something,” Terra said, holding up her own bedside basket.
The box is full of items such as books, coloring books, journals, card decks and even a ukelele.
“You don’t gotta be good at it, don’t gotta post it anywhere…just enjoy it,” she said.
Terra stressed that her personal goal is not to completely stop using her phone when she’s in bed but rather to avoid scrolling on social media.
She suggests that phone calls and FaceTiming friends are also great options and recommends a book of questions to provoke more meaningful conversations.
“I’d recommend trying to have an ‘alternative’ day just one day a week at the start,” read the on-screen text in the video.
“Then the next week, try two days. If that’s doable, move to three. Try three days a week for a couple weeks – then move to four, etc.”
Terra says she even goes on YouTube to follow along with yoga routines or watch a comedy show.
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“I like to read online articles and search up random new things,” she said.
“I have to afford myself the flexibility of getting on my phone and having screen time. I just try to do it in a more intentional way that leaves me feeling better at the end.”
She did warn that most of the items in the basket have to be purchased, however, Terra said that she has built up her own personal basket over a few years and it did not feel expensive when she added things in gradually.
The video has earned nearly 250k views and almost 50k likes.
Other users in her comments shared their own experiences scrolling on their phones.
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“I understand your point of not scrolling social media, it has gotten so bad for me that I think of watching a movie as productive,” wrote one person.
Terra replied: “I think of watching a movie as entertainment, which is crucial for leisure time and rest!”
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