A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology Science and Practice found that uncertainty about a situation or outcome can actually benefit anxious people in learning how to cope and de-stress on their own. This isn't possible if you reach for your phone the second an issue crops up in your life (which, honestly, is what we all tend to do. How many times have you consulted Google, texted a friend, or called your mom when you were unsure? We do it all the time).
"That's a problem because it makes people dependent upon their phones and [on] others to regulate their emotions for them," Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and clinical social worker who appeared on TEDx with her talk The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, told Business Insider. "You don't want to become overly reliant on any one coping skill. Instead, it's important to have a toolbox full of tools that you can use to cope with tough challenges and uncomfortable emotions."
Next time you're anxious about an outcome or unsure about a situation, try your best to face it and analyze it on your own. It might break your phone dependency and thus boost your feelings of independence, control, and accomplishment. Instead of texting or emailing someone for help, try journaling, listening to music, or going for a walk to clear your head.