Stepping Away

By May 6, 2020 blog

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like I’m spending a whole lotta time these days on my laptop and on my phone – it’s all screen time, all the time. It’s…a lot. Oh, don’t forget the TV time (I blew through season 3 of Ozark with a quickness!).

Before the stay at home order, I’d take little breaks throughout the day and do an Instagram or FB scroll. Or during my lunch – see what’s happening on the ole interwebs. With the amped up computer time, I’m finding myself screened-out. We’re sort of super connected to our phones and screens anyway, so I’ve found some different ways to zone out/relax for a bit that aren’t so screen centered. Maybe not new to me (or you) but stuff that I’ve not done in a while or put on
the “I don’t have time for that” list; FYI, I had time, I was just using my time differently.

Here’s a few things that I’ve been doing to step away from the screens.

*Puzzles. I remember doing puzzles as a family when I was a kid. My friend was talking about doing puzzles during the stay at home and I figured, why not? My husband and I have been together for 17 years and have never done a puzzle, just the two of us. I mean, we’ve done house renovations, taken long car trips, and camped together – we can put a puzzle together without incident, right?! We did – and it was super fun! I ordered another one that we’ll start this week – we’re both pretty excited.

 

*Phone calls. You remember those, right? And I don’t mean just calling your brother to ask for help disassembling your washer. Like, call someone to say hi and see how they are doing, just to check in, ask what they are looking forward to today. It doesn’t need to be a 2 hour long, twirl the phone cord, sit in the hallway chat (I’m dating myself with that visual). A few minutes to say hi. I know FaceTime is fun b/c you can see folks, but as noted above, I’m happy for a connect sans screen for a minute!

 

*Recipes. I have lots of great cooks in my family and they have over the years passed along a ton (I’m talking at least two full recipe boxes and an entire binder crammed full) of recipes. I’ve started going through them – it’s been a looooooong time since I’ve looked at any of this stuff. Food was and is always a big part of our family gatherings (both mine & my husbands), so looking through these makes my heart smile. And it’s fun to try to turn Great Grandma’s casserole into a perhaps a slightly healthier version.

 

*Books. I’ve always been a big reader but I get sidetracked by other stuff for a while (hello binge watching Tiger King). Between my husband and I, we have many many books. I’ve read a lot of them, but not all. I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of reading for 15 – 20 minutes before bed instead of perusing IG or Facebook.

 

*Move. If you are a member at Dragonfly, you know we’ve been doing some challenges (10 squats at the top of the hour, 20 jacks at the top of the hour) to help us all get up and move. I’ve been participating – it does help my body, but the eyeball break has been welcome! If you aren’t DFT member, I encourage you to step away from your computer (or the TV) and do a few reps – whatever you like – every hour. Or you could just pace on your porch for a minute like l do.

 

What are you doing to step away from the screen for a bit?