Sometimes we all need to take a break from the glowing boxes that dictate most of our waking hours. It’s all too easy to find yourself sucked into Instagram or scrolling through Facebook, especially if you’re feeling at a bit of a loose end.
Here are some of my suggestions for alternative activities to soothe those moments of boredom in a non-digital manner.
Play a game IRL.
Think cards, board games or something like dominoes. You could even have a go at making up your own game if you’re really feeling the need for a creative outlet (go all in and make your own card deck and playing board).
I must caution that you should avoid Monopoly if you’re super competitive and don’t want the aggravation of an explosive family argument.
Call a friend for a catch up
This is kind of cheating as you do need to use a phone to make the call, however once you’ve dialled the number and pressed go, you can sit back and relax into a good old chat/gossip/whatever floats your boat. If you can meet up in-person, even better.
Bonus points are available if you call up/meet someone you haven’t spoken to in a very, very long time.
Attempt to make something from a new recipe
There’s a running joke in my house that I have more cookbooks that I will ever need in one lifetime (I think my collection now is about 50… I can’t help myself!). Despite having a lot of material to choose from, I always find myself going back to a few tried and tested recipes, mainly because I’m lazy and like routine.
Instead of reverting to something easy and known, challenge yourself to try and make something new. Not only will it add some variety to your food routine, you might also pick up a new culinary skill.
Go for an aimless wander
So much of our daily lives is spent moving “in pursuit” of things - whether that’s to get to work on time, pick up something from the shops or go and meet someone. Moving without purpose might seem a bit nonsensical in our results driven society, but it is quite relaxing and liberating.
Slip on your shoes, head out the door and see where your feet take you!
Curiously mine always seem to take me to the local corner shop for a bar of chocolate…
Organise and deal with the pile of documents on *that* shelf that you keep on meaning to do, but always lack the motivation to tackle.
Just do it. You’ll feel a million times better, I promise you.
Go to the open mic night at your local
Support local talent and drink beer - win = win.
Yes, most of the acts will be pretty poor. But in my experience every once in a while there is someone amazing that will make sitting through all the crap totally worth it.
Write a letter to yourself to be opened in 1, 5 or 10 years time (or whatever timescale suits you).
What do you hope for? What do you want older you to remember? What do you want to remind them about?
Ages 25 I wrote a letter to 30 year old me. I can’t wait to find out what she had to say.
This is very much cheating when it comes to the no tech thing, but you can use FutureMe to write a letter that will be delivered via email on your date of choosing.
This is my ninth post in my attempt to write something on this blog everyday in October. Find my previous post from the 8th here.