Some time ago, I realized - during an occasional existential crisis - how hard it was to live without my phone, and especially without social networks. I could not get off them while I was on vacation, and there was NOTHING going on online! I ended up erasing, re-downloading, re-erasing and re-downloading the same app for over one hour. How sad.
We don’t realize how much we miss while we are glued to our screens: computers, phones, video games, TV shows... In fact, life goes on, but without us.
I am therefore leaving you with 5 potential entertainments and tips.
Jess (Artistic Team Director)
Find new interests or try new things that might actually help you in life: The last season of Les Anges or Les Marseillais is going to be darkening your future rather than brightening it. What can you try ? New sports, crafting, cooking, reading, writing, music, photography, drawing...
Go outside. To do what ? Take a walk with your pet, take pictures, do some exercise. Sounds cliche but it is really good for your health to reconnect with yourself once in a while. Alternatively, do it with a friend, but regularly and don’t take your phone.
If you are a creative, make some art. Today, a vast majority of artworks are digitally made, but nothing is more satisfying that the feeling of a piece of art made by your own hands. Arts and crafts, yo!
Delete the apps that you use the less (useless games that you like but never play, apps for editing pictures that you use once every year) and the social media apps that you can ACTUALLY live without: I’m not talking about taking a break, I’m talking about deleting for a looong time. (Ex: I deleted facebook and snapchat because i never use them, but i kept messenger). Deleting apps → no notifications → less time spent on your phone → more time to live your life to the fullest.
At night, turn off your phone (or at least put it on airplane mode if it wakes you up in the morning) and put it as far away from you as you can. The last thing you’ll want during a weeknight is getting woken up by a non-important notification at 4am or in the middle of a dream. Also, it might not give you brain cancer as fast as it normally would.