Ignoring your phone and your messages leads to anxiety, but it’s the right thing to do. The people you care about will understand. When you decide to answer a message, that answer and that person will have your full attention. Participating in multiple conversations hurts everybody involved. It hurts you because you start reading and answering like a retard. It hurts your loved ones because they become noise in this awful world.
I stopped answering calls from my sister a few years ago. I returned the calls in the evenings, in my free time, at home, before I started playing a game. She got upset! But whenever I talked with her, it was meaningful. We talked a lot less, but it matter more. A lot more!
Nowadays, I only have like 2 apps that send me notifications. No sounds allowed! 🙂