9 Tips To Help You Ditch The Smartphone On These Winter Evenings
Take a break from the screen...
A large proportion of us spend all day at work staring at screens. Fonts and numbers battle for our attention trough the mediums of emails and and spreadsheets and when we're not staring at the computer we're trawling through any number of WhatsApp conversations on our phones.
That's why it's so important to take a break from the our screens when we get home after work and learn that there are much more productive ways to use our brains than refreshing Facebook over and over and over again.
We know it's easier said than done, especially with the current cold weather restricting any outdoor activities.
Here's some tips that will let you leave the cyber world behind for an hour or two when you get home from work:
1. Walk home from work
Might seem obvious but the fresh air will be a lot more beneficial than sitting on a crowded bus.
While some people think it sane to walk while staring at a phone, we know you're not one of those so the stroll in the crisp January air is sure to be a tech free affair.
We know this won't suit people with long distances between work and home so failing that:
2. Get 20 minutes of fresh air a night
Walk to the shops, take a trip around the local park. You'll be back in plenty of time for a cuppa and some Netflix.
3. Read an actual book
"You can read things that aren't on a screen? What is this sorcery?" - practically everyone in the 21st century.
There's nothing like curling up on the sofa with a good book during the winter months. Your phone will still be there when you're finished.
4. Start a puzzle
The satisfaction of completing a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle must be comparable to how Michelangelo felt after finishing the Sistine Chapel.
5. Adult Colouring
Adult colouring is SO in right now and you can find whole varieties of books to scribble on to your heart's content in most good bookshops. (Including this delightful Coronation Street edition).
Just remember to stay between the lines.
It's not just for old ladies, you know.
Why not learn how to make a nice scarf to keep you (or a loved one) warm as winter takes hold?
Learn to cook. You already can? Learn to cook something new. Invest in a cookbook and make the kitchen a Google-free zone.
Let your creative juices flow!
Benefits of meditation include learning how to focus the mind as well as decreasing anxiety.
Don't know where to start? Check out this handy meditation for beginners video.
9. Charge your phone in a different room while you sleep
It's now well-known that using a smartphone before drifting off can be detrimental to our brains and bodies. Plugging in your phone in a different room can remove the temptation to scroll before going to sleep or just after waking up.
Just remember to invest in an alarm clock.