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5 Screen-Free Activities To Do At Home

When I think of 2020, three things come to mind — the pandemic, a more sedentary lifestyle, and an overload of screentime.  Of the three, it’s easy to get an almost accurate log of your screen time, especially on your cellphone.  From endless zoom meetings (both personal and professional) and scrolling on social media — your screen time quickly adds up.  Keep in mind; this does not include the actual work you have to do on your computer, watching tv, or reading ebooks.

With the new year finally here, I would like to include rituals and activities that are productive and perfect for those indoor winter days.  Here are some screen-free activities to do at home that can curb your technology addiction and allow you to find some connection.

After the year that was 2020, opt to focus more on taking care and creating meaningful and sustainable rituals in your life.

1. LETTER WRITING 

The combination of working from home and the inability to see friends and family in person has increased the volume of my digital correspondences.  Inboxes, DMs, and even texts have started to feel out of control, and have become completely untenable.

While I have no plans to exit group chats or ignore messages, I do plan to curb incoherent texts (which inevitably lead to a bunch more) and using digital communications as my only option.  I will be making an effort to write letters and stay on top of birthdays, anniversaries, and other commemorations on a monthly basis and opt to send physical cards.

2. LISTENING TO VINYL

I promise you, it’s true what they say — you CAN hear the difference.  Besides, there is something soothing about removing a record out of its sleeve, placing it on your player, and listening to an album in its entirety.

3. READING THE CLASSICS

I find rereading some of my favorite classic novels extremely soothing and calming.  After reading a ton of buzzy new releases or when I feel a reading slump coming on, picking up a classic is almost an instant remedy and often just what I need.  I find so much comfort in revisiting familiar pages and returning to places I love.  Plus with every reread, I always discover something new!  A booklist I often revisit is 15 Comforting Classics to Read When You Need a Pick Me Up.

4. DOING JIGSAW PUZZLES

If you’re not very good at quieting your mind, doing jigsaw puzzles will definitely help with that.  I find it to be an extremely healing activity, a surefire way to relax my mind, and it provides a meditative escape without actually “meditating”.  It’s also a great activity that allows me to engage my mind especially when I’m going through a reading slump.

While some people may prefer going at their puzzles solo, it is also a great option as a social activity.

5. GETTING CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN

If you spend time aimlessly scrolling for recipes online, I want to introduce you to the joy that only a physical cookbook can give you.  The experience of holding and reading a physical cookbook is one the internet cannot replace.  It has often proved to be the inspiration needed for me to put my phone down and actually start cooking!

 

After the year that was 2020, opt to focus more on taking care and creating meaningful and sustainable rituals in your life.

 

Do you have a favorite screen-free activity?  Are you planning to try something new? Please share with us in the comments!

Comments (2)

  • Caryl Fletcher

    My favorite screen-free activity is diamond painting, which I just started doing in July 2020. It is relaxing and I always listen to an audiobook while I am doing it.

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