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
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.
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.
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.
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?
*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.