I am very dependent on technology. On a weekday, I probably spend about 10 hours a day on a screen! It scares to me to think about how much time we spend on phones, laptops and in front of TV’s really. I’m sure I’m not the only one! Spending a week in Cornwall, where I didn’t have WiFi, has reminded me how important it is to spend time resting your eyes and mind from technology.
It is probably more of a problem for anyone writing a blog, as once you’ve got your photos, almost everything is online. If like me, you also have a computer-based job, that is definitely too much screen time. I’m sharing the best ways to relax and have fun without any tech.
– Walking. Get outside! It sounds obvious, but it is a brilliant, free way to relax yourself. Plus, looking around as you walk is good for your eyes, it forces them to focus on things far away after you’ve been looking at a tiny phone all day.
– Reading. We’ve forgotten about books! There is nothing cosier than settling down with a book under a big fluffy blanket. I have a recent post about some current book choices. Choose whichever genre holds your attention best. Once you are into a book, I’m sure you will be hooked!
– Cooking or baking. To make this as relaxing as possible, maybe choose a relatively simple recipe! I made this Reese’s peanut butter cake for my boyfriend’s birthday and just loved making it! These DIY pizzas are really speedy. For something that literally takes 10 minutes, these tortilla pizzas are even faster!
– Spirograph. Bare with me on this one! Remember Spirograph from years ago? They are still around! We got one recently and I love it. I can happily sit for half an hour, just concentrating on not getting the pattern wrong. I chatted about this on my Instagram story recently – I actually think this would be a great one for anybody feeling anxious as it requires your full concentration.
– Write things down. I find this one to be so relaxing! Get down all your thoughts on to paper. For me, it is usually blog ideas and plans. Or maybe if you are worrying about something, just write about it, I think it really helps. Choose a pretty notebook of course – I can’t stop buying notebooks!
– Board games. Obviously this one requires at least one other willing player. Scrabble, Monopoly, Cludeo… you know the ones! If you can get lots of people involved, its such an easy way to have fun on a rainy day or night in. A puzzle is also a fun project to have on the go if you have a spare floor space or table.
– Bubble bath. Which actually sounds better, half an hour scrolling on your phone or half an hour in a candle-lit bubble bath? I know. Choose a Lush bath bomb, get some bubbles and a drink. Wine, water, whatever you need. Promise you’ll feel so relaxed afterwards.
– Declutter. This might not count as relaxing, but it will definitely feel productive. Without a phone or TV, you’ll get a lot more done. Don’t take on too much, maybe just clear out one messy drawer or one section of your wardrobe.
– Go for a drive. I love this one! Listen to music and choose somewhere pretty to drive. My boyfriend and I used to do this a lot, I need to get back into the routine of going out, with no particular place to go. For the most scenic drive, try to choose a time when you’ll see the sunset. No pictures though, remember you are having a technology-free evening!
What are your favourite ways to relax, without using technology?