This is a question we might have shrugged off when our parents asked it of us. It sounds patronising. It sounds like you’re spending way too much time ‘looking at screens.’ But when you think about it, that is often how we spend our recreation. When we go out to meet friends, we have our phone in hand. We all talk about the latest season of the biggest TV show, right now it’s Game of Thrones, next year it’ll be something else. Some of us enjoy playing video games in our spare time, reading the news, commenting on websites like Reddit or learning more about the world. Even educational and valuable content such as documentaries on the Earth? Still looking at the screen.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using devices. They’re part of our lives now. But it can also be worthwhile to consider how you might spend some time getting away from social media, or sitting down viewing screens, and focus on something more tactile. Again, we’re not speaking as a harsh parent here. Just as a nurturing friend helping you take a break, as we all need to from time to time.
Arts & Crafts
Arts and crafts have been part of the human story for some time. Making small figurines, knitting and sewing, creating small items to decorate that home and garden with, or perhaps helping children learning to be more engaged with their hands and let their creative passion fly. Finding a store that can supply you with beautiful craft materials, such as Totally Beads, can help you work within an expression and freedom-including set of items, to the point where only your imagination limits you. The more you learn, the more you’ll create, and the more you’ll create, the more you’ll learn. Over time, you’ll feel humbled as to the potential at your fingertips, and you’ll likely want to share that knowledge.
Not enough people read in the modern day. We perhaps consume quick-articles or social media messages and content, but aside from coursework or something relating to a job, when was the last time you sat and read a worthwhile novel? Perhaps you wish to inhale histories or biographies, or find out something more about a topic you saw on television. Reading is one of those activities where after we give it twenty minutes we think ‘that was heavily enjoyable, I should do that more,’ only to forget that feeling later on. Sure, reading isn’t as immediately stimulating as an intense movie or long-form television show, but being patient and upgrading your focus through this art could help you become a better person. It sounds too good to be true, but it can actually help improve your functional intelligence, too.
It might not seem like a ‘fun activity’ when imagining a walk, but exploring your city and external environment can actually be truly freeing should you give it a chance. And, give it a chance you should. With the willingness to take long walks, to experience nature and to come back to yourself (without earphones or airpods,) you engage in a physical meditation. To that end, you can find your stress melt away.
With these tips, you’re sure to have fun, even with no device present.
Lots of Love