Am I the only one who gets sick of having a screen in front of my face all the time? Sitting in front of a computer all day, then scrolling through my phone, then sitting in front of the tele, it can sometimes make you feel like you’re not really here in the real world and that is a weird old feeling. Constant screen-time can make your eyes go funny, give you terrible posture and also cause headaches.
I think this is one of the reasons I refuse to use a kindle because books might be the only thing left you can get stuck into which isn’t a screen!
Anyway, if you’re trying to get some more downtime from the screens of the world, take a little read of the things I like to do where screens are NOT involved. (PS I know you’re probably looking at a screen now, if you’re interested in offline blog posts then let me know…totally joking…sort of).
- Go to a book shop
Book shops are one of my favourite places in the world. They’re peaceful but not awkward, smell great and just make me feel all warm and lovely. (If you’ve been in one with me you’ll know we’re not leaving before about 2 hours have passed.) A book shop is the perfect place to be screenless, take your time having a mooch of the books, choose one or 4 then go for a quiet coffee somewhere and have a read (even bloody better if said book shop has a coffee shop inside it).
- Go to a stationary shop
Ohhhh all the pens and diaries. I love stationary shops as much as I love book shops and you can get some pretty pretty stuff almost everywhere at the moment. Start planning your super organised life with pinterest-worthy diaries and planners, it will make you feel fantastic about yourself. I love to visit… Paperchase, if you know of a big M&S their stationary is to. die. for. also you don’t need me to tell you that John Lewis have some yummy stationary too.
With all this hype about adult colouring books (they are actually totally beautiful btw) they’re the perfect chilled, screenless activity and absolutely not just for children. It’s been proven to help with anxiety and stress and relieve tension, who doesn’t want to pretend to be 4 years old whilst getting a bit creative with colouring pens?!
I sometimes find when I’ve been couped up at my desk all week my body gets really fidgety and irritated, if that makes sense? I noticed it a lot when I hadn’t exercised for ages, I just felt so tense I was actually itching to get back into some sort of gym class. I’m a lazy girl at heart and I’m not a huge fan of high intensity cardio so I tend to stick to body weight classes and ones where I can stretch and unwind, and even though every single muscle in my body aches the next day, there’s no better feeling.
- Date night
If there’s a screen in sight on date night, you’re not doing it right (definitely didn’t mean for that to rhyme). Ok, unless you want to watch a film with your love, that’s fine but I’m talking about phones at dinner, just don’t. Enjoy the food, enjoy each other’s company and forget about the virtual world of social media and emails. Even if ‘date night’ is with your best pal and not a love interest, don’t be antisocial and rude!
- Get outside
Ignore the weather (unless it’s absolutely tipping it down), get outside and don’t spend the whole time on your phone. Take the dog on a nice scenic walk, do some exercise outside and breathe in the fresh air or explore somewhere new. Having no screens will mean you’ll take in your surroundings more and notice things you wouldn’t normally if you were staring down at what’s app!
I hope you’ve found these little things interesting and useful for next time you’re planning on going screenless!