Many of us rely on screens to stay connected and entertained during their daily life, which is not completely odd considering the world we live in. However, it is very healthy to get a little break from your phone or tablet once in a while.
To ease your dependency on screens, try creating some no-phone and no-screen zones in your home, work and play spaces. To get the whole family involved, make a game out of not looking at your phones. Our tiny houses in our two forest villages in the Ardennes and the Alsace offer the ideal place to slow down and turn off your phone. Only focus on yourself and your loved ones!
It’s proven that the blue light from your screen has the same effect on your brain as sunlight, which means it wakes you up just when you want to be drifting off. Avoid looking at your phone at least 40 minutes before to doze-off more easily at night by leaving your phone in the living room instead of taking it with you. Buy a normal alarm clock instead.
Leave your phone at home when you go for a walk into the forest, walk the dog or go for a bike ride. If you’re into snapping photos during your time outdoors, it’s OK to bring your phone — just put it in airplane mode, so you can only use it as a camera and you won’t be disctracted.
It’s better to keep phones away from the table during meals, and zero tolerance needs to apply to everyone, not just the children. Enjoy the company of each other and create a beautiful moment of togetherness. You can even make it into a fun game by trying the “first-to-look” game. Put all phones at the center of the table. The first one to look does the dishes or pays the bill!
A study found out that just holding a phone or having it at the table, even if you don’t look at it, has an effect on those you’re with. In that study, people felt less empathy and social connection when their dining partner had their phone on the table or in their hand. So, take a walk or go to lunch without your phone, and enjoy getting to know your co-workers.
Why not book a getaway and stay in one of our Cosy Cabins and go bold? Leave your phone at home for the weekend! Let us know how your experience was.