Ad | Includes PR samples. I spend a lot of time of my daytime in front of a screen. Far too much than I’d like to and should do. With or without Covid-19 I spend my full day at work in front of a screen. When I write blog posts it’s in front of a screen. I watch TV daily and I spend time on my phone every day checking Twitter and Instagram. I also play Candy Crush (don’t at me) which I find very relaxing but it’s still on a screen. Writing all of the things I do that involve a screen it feels like it’s only when I’m asleep I’m away from them.

During lockdown, I’ve spent even more time on a screen with Zoom and FaceTime calls. Don’t get me wrong, I love them but my eyes need a break. There’s a couple of things I do that doesn’t involve a screen and every time I do these, I feel so much better. I’m hoping to do more of them and spend less in front of a screen.

Things I Do That Doesn’t Involve a Screen

Exercising daily

I always start my day with some sort of exercise. If it’s lifting weights, a gym pass or a run, it’s sets me up nicely for the rest of the day. I’m in my element when I do exercise. I find this is when my mind relax and I can fully focus on one thing, the exercise. Everything else goes out the window. Don’t get me wrong, some days I too need a break because my body deserves it. When I come back from a break, I love exercise even more. The best part is that there is no screen involved. Aside from taking a post work out selfie and post to my Instagram stories. Did I even exercise if I didn’t share it with the world?!

Reading a book

I don’t see why you’d pick to read a book on a kindle or your iPad. It cannot be the same as reading a paper book. I love the feeling of turning pages and the smell of the book (new or old). It brings character to the story. However, I do not enjoy reading hardcover books. They’re too big and bulky. I need to wait until the paperback versions are released. Currently I’m reading Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams and I love it. An easy and entertaining read about a black woman (Queenie) in her mid 20s tackling work, cultures and relationships in the heart of London.

Books to Read

Knitting my hat and scarf

Knitting is something completely new to me. I’m a newbie so I can’t multitask whilst doing it. The stitches and needles need my full attention. I was sent a kit of four wool yarn balls and a set of chunky knitting needles from Love Crafts*. The aim is to make a matching scarf and hat in time for colder days. I’m excited to see the finished result. I’ll keep you updated.

Love Craft Knitting

Taking a bath

There are so many things I don’t like about taking a bath and perhaps that’s why I don’t take them that often. What do I not like? Waiting for the water to fill up and having to shower in cold water afterwards. I just cannot straight away climb out of the bath tub and feel clean. Anyone else?

When I do take the time to have a bath, I love it! It’s so nice to let the body be wrapped around by hot water. The closest I get to swimming I guess. There has been times when I’ve brought my iPad with me to watch a TV show but I’d rater bring a book now or just lay there doing nothing but soaking up the relaxing feeling.

I always lit a candle when I have a bath. The most recent favourite is Zesty Orange from Amelia Daniels*. It’s such a lovely smell that fills the whole room. It makes the room feel fresh. A drink is always handy as the bath water is so hot I always get thirsty. If it’s a weekend bath, an alcoholic drink is preferred.

Bath time

Going for a walk

I find going for walks a great way to clear your mind and get away from your screen. I tend to go for a short walk at lunch time to break up the work day. If I didn’t I’d most likely only switch the work screen for my phone. I also go for walks after work, a longer one to get my daily step count in. Fresh air and nothing but “real life” to look at.

Sometimes I don’t feel like it at all, I just want to lay on the sofa after a long day at work but then I remind myself how good I feel afterwards. There’s always time to lie on the sofa and after a walk you feel more entitled to.

How much time do you spend in front of a screen every day? What activities do you do to consciously decrease your screen time?

Jennie xx

*PR samples. I was sent the knitting equipment from Love Craft and the scented candle from Amelia Daniels in return for a blog feature. All views, words and photos are as always my own.