Digital Detox at the cottage Chalets à Rabais

Digital Detox at the cottage

Détox numérique

You might not be surprised to learn that overall, 41% of Canadians have been spending more time online since the pandemic (Statistics Canada). The 21-24 year olds would spend on average … 36 hours per week in front of their screen, or the equivalent of a week of full-time work! We could also name this phenomenon: “smombie” (smartphone and zombie), designated THE “youth word of the year 2015”.

This state of hyperconnection in our lives is leading more and more people to choose weekends and vacations that exclude technology, in order to catch their breath. In other words, a real mental rest! We even created a Digital Detox Day (3D8) every 8th of the month to prevent digital behavior. Note that since 2013, the expression digital detox even appears in the Oxford Dictionary.

While waiting to be able to pack up for somewhere else or to treat yourself to a “digital fast” in a thalassotherapy center, for example, here are some tips to “digitally detoxify” at the cottage.

What if being “in” was simply synonymous with going “out”?

MAKE THE ASSESSMENT

Question your motivations

The first step is to take stock of yourself and ask yourself the real questions. What are we really going to look for on social media or the Internet in general? Is it to check in with your friends? Or rather to take your mind off things? Or to keep up to date with the latest news? Or maybe, to flatter his ego a little? Maybe we are worried about missing something (the famous FOMO)? But what is really missing on the Internet if you don’t know what to look for? Rather, we risk missing real life events! Dare the joy of missing something (JOMO).

Little reminder

At every opportunity, wonder about the “why” of taking your phone out of your pockets or purse. Is it really necessary?

Become aware of your addiction

Good indicators, which don’t lie about your level of addiction might be: Is checking your phone the first and last thing you do in your day? Can we do without it or not? Do you feel some kind of physical lack if it’s not close at hand? Do we spend more than 10% of your time in front of a screen? Do you run after likes as if your life depends on it?

Observe his activity

To take a step back from its addiction and remedy it, observe your activity on the applications already included or not for this purpose on your phone. It makes you react a little!

 

PROGRESSIVE DETOX

Programming limits

Choosing an app that allows you to schedule a daily usage limit, say 30 minutes, can only encourage more conscious use of social media. Or consult them only once a day, at a fixed time.

Promote communication by sharing screens

Share the screens (video games, YouTube, photos) while looking at them together, in order to avoid that everyone is isolated in their corner.

Facebook: I love you neither

Take regular breaks during the day without Facebook. What about evenings or mornings without Facebook? Why not spend the weekend without Facebook? While a more comprehensive approach is recommended, selective detox (from one or all social networks) is very effective.

Follow a digital curfew

If your career requires you to stay connected all the time, observing a “digital curfew” in the evening, on weekends or on holidays is a good place to start if you have trouble disciplining yourself.

Deactivate the notifications

Each “ping” or vibration of his phone may itch to consult him. Disabling notifications altogether will undoubtedly lead to a more relaxed state of mind.

Uninstall problematic apps

Why not uninstall the disturbing apps from your phone? It is still possible to consult the applications through the browser, but typing the site address, entering your username and password, it is a lot more dissuasive.

Do not disturb

Leave your phone in “do not disturb” or “airplane” mode as often as possible.

Take the time to unsubscribe

Unsubscribe from newsletters that pollute your life a little and that you never read anyway.

Testing digital detox apps

Although contradictory, there are applications that offer digital detox programs to lock or hide apps and games, while of course leaving the possibility of making calls.

For example: Petit Bambou for example, but also Space, Flipd, Offtime, among many others.

Interesting (or stressful?): Forest found it more original: when you disconnect, a small seed is displayed on the home screen of your phone and gradually grows throughout the time you are not using the phone. But at the slightest consultation, the tree withers and disappears.

Prioritize other features of your phone

Choose to relax by listening to a list of soothing white noise music, audio meditation sessions or motivational podcasts.

Switch to black and white

Change the colorimetry of your phone’s screen to black and white. App looks are said to be addictive, with consistently attractive designs and colors. (iPhone: “Accessibility” and activate “shades of gray”. Android: “color filters” and select “shades of gray”.)

In duet

As in many areas of life, it seems to be easier to motivate yourself by persuading someone else to do the digital detox with you. Ideal in cases where you seem to subconsciously and easily begin to dive back into social media headfirst.

 

TAKE THE BIG MEANS

Ban screens

Try not only to turn off your screens 1 or 2 hours before going to bed, but especially to banish them completely from the bedroom. Far from the eyes, far from the heart, as the expression so aptly puts it. Make your bedroom a sanctuary and invest in a good old fashioned alarm clock.

Use a minimalist phone

So go back to that good old phone that we loved so much, because it had only one purpose: to make calls.

Areas without wi-fi

Create areas without wi-fi at the cottage. For example, deciding that no one has the right to their phone or tablet in the living room or kitchen. The following week, we alternate.

Leave your cell phone at home

To create more meaningful moments with your loved ones, leave your cell phone at your place of residence. Because just having a phone nearby puts the brain on hold. Or choose to stay in a cottage with at least one landline, in case of an emergency.

Camera in hand

During meaningful moments or out in the great outdoors, use that favorite camera instead to capture the moment. We may even feel a greater satisfaction and a creative need. This will prevent people from looking at social networks after taking said photo with their phone. And anyway, maybe we should stop taking pictures of anything and everything to enjoy the moment, right?

 

COMPLETE DETOX

Treat yourself to a cure

We try any cure, so why not completely drop out of social networks and even more, if his job allows it. Try to do it for 1 week, or 2 or 3 or why not a whole month? Then gradually reintegrate the applications and services that seem more useful and bring some satisfaction. When you consult them consciously rather than compulsively consult them, life is so much simpler!

Before starting your digital detox:

– Remove hyperlinks that we do not think to consult in the future;

– Delete emails that do not require a response or for topics already settled;

– Sort your contacts on social networks.

Take care differently

This is certainly the most important step in avoiding relapse! What are we going to do with all those found hours? What did we like to do back in the day, before we got hyperconnected? Ideas: Take a deep breath of fresh air, write by hand, read books, play board games, meditate, or even chat in person with the people you like.

Stay active

Do not worry about not being able to note your progress during your digital detox. Most sports apps allow you to enter your physical activity information manually later.

In addition to feeling this state of mindfulness and freedom as well as accepting that you cannot be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it is surprising to find all this extra time that is now cleared in this day. After all, there are things much more important than a screen in life.

Before a bill on the right to disconnect is accepted in order to improve the reform of labor standards in Quebec or that white zones are planned in Quebec (as is the case in France), therefore offer yourself a voluntary withdrawal retreat at the cottage, to start 2021 on a more serene note!

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