It’s easy to over-indulge in screen time, but the result makes you feel fatigued and could affect your mental health. Unplugging from your screen, be it your phone, tablet, computer, or even TV, is a healthy habit. There are several fun ways to get away from your screen and get involved with something new, even if it feels like there isn’t much going on. Here are several ways to put your screen away and tune in to the world around you.
One of the easiest ways to get out and unplug from your screen is to hit the trails. Strap on your boots and put on your favorite pair of women’s yoga pants and get outside for a hike. You don’t need to be an expert in the outdoors to enjoy the trails, you just need some sturdy walking shoes, the right layers—such as the perfect women’s winter jacket—a water bottle, and a small bag to carry a few snacks and extra layers. Pick local trails.
Don’t live near the wilderness? No problem! Even exploring a new city park allows you to connect with nature without traveling too far. Get creative and aim to hike all of the trails in a park, or visit all of the community parks in your area. Opt to go for sunrise or sunset to really connect with nature, just don’t forget your headlamp.
One way to peel your eyes from your screen is to start a new hobby. Think about baking, doing arts and crafts, gardening, or making something for your home. Of course, you may need to watch a tutorial or two, but once you have an idea for your new hobby, you can unplug and tune in. One of the great things about indulging in a new hobby is that you have the choice to either do it with your family or friends or go for it solo. Both have their pluses and minuses. You’ll get a chance to socialize with your family, or you can have your own thing for some unplugged “me time.” There is no wrong answer, but it always helps to engage your mind and body in something new. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your next big talent.
Instead of getting stuck at home in front of the TV with your significant other, plan a romantic date night instead. Go all out and get done up and wear one of your favorite black dresses. Don’t use any screens, but instead, cook your favorite meal (or order in) and have a fun-filled night playing games. Or you can host your own at-home dance party with music and decor for just two. Think about other things you enjoy—like going out for a day of golf, taking a scenic drive, or enjoying a walk with a cup of coffee from your favorite neighborhood barista. Keep it fun and leave the phones at home.
Another way to pull away from your screen is to head out on a staycation. Pick a town, state park, or another area of interest nearby, and head out for a weekend away. Bring books and board games instead of tablets and video games. Plan a fun day of exploring a different town. Go on a private tour of an area or head out on a shopping spree. Anything that gets you out, active, and in a new environment. You can opt to go as far or near as you’d like.
Fun for the whole family (or friends) you can plan a scavenger hunt. Use your neighborhood, friends, family, or other unique ideas for the hunt. Choose clues that are interactive and allow your family to explore a nearby area. You can even make a rule that no cars are allowed, so if you have to go far, you’ll need to bike. Be silly and dress up in your family’s matching pajamas and let your inner sense of humor shine. You’ll get out and relax with your family or crew and have fun doing it. Don’t forget to bring some snacks and give out fun little prizes to the winners.
If you’re on a tight schedule and don’t have a ton of free time, look toward meditation and quick workouts instead. Even a 10-minute bike ride or a stretching session will give you an endorphin boost that doesn’t need to be digital. Put on your favorite pair of comfy sweats and let your body move. It’s far more rewarding to work out than sit in front of your screen. End your session with a quick meditation. You’ll get centered and clear your mind. Simply breathing in and out deeply with your eyes closed for two minutes has been proven to reduce stress and improve your mood.
There are many different ways to unplug from your screen. Choose one or more of the above activities and make them a weekly or daily habit. You’ll enjoy spending time in the present moment and stepping away from mindless scrolling.