During these difficult days it’s natural to want to feel connected to our friends or check in on the latest #coronavirus #covid19 updates. But one of the best things you can do for your mental health is to find some new screen free activities for adults so that you aren’t thinking about the news all the time.
Learn to use social media mindfully. Set time limits when you go online or it’s going to suck you in. I learned this the hard way yesterday when I saw some unfortunate opinions being spouted..I said something and the conversation took up room in my head for the rest of the day.
So last night I went ahead and deleted the Facebook app from my tablet for now. It’s too easy to spend too much time scrolling, seeing distressing news and opinions being shared and then getting sucked into negative conversations. Of course I still want to be informed so I bookmarked some credible news sites and am going to try to limit myself to checking in once or twice a day.
Unplugging is one of the best things you can do for your mental health, especially now. Here’s some fun screen free activities to do at home that don’t require internet access, a TV, tablet, computer or phone.
Adult Coloring Books and Other Projects
One of the best ways to be entertained and fill up the seemingly endless hours at home without using electronics is to find some hands on, creative activities to engage your hands and mind. Adult coloring books have grown in popularity recently. They’re distracting, fun, and get you out of your head.
Don’t stop there. Take out a drawing pad, your paints, puzzles or crochet supplies. If you know how to sew, create masks for your friends, family and service workers.
Read a Real Book
There’s nothing like the feel of holding an actual book. It’s timeless. And if you’re like me, chances are you might have a few unread books sitting on your bookshelf right now. Also, if you’re reading a “real” book it’s less tempting to switch to a social media app to check in. And good news, Amazon considers books “essential” and has not delayed shipping books to customers.
All you need is a pen and paper. Journaling is a time tested way to find clarity, share your thoughts, get the noise out of your head and set intentions for yourself. Or maybe you’d like to try some creative writing, which could be a challenging process if you’re writing it down on paper than using a computer. It takes longer to write than to type for most people, so moving with the flow of your thoughts can be more challenging, but could provide some very interesting end results.
Be Present With Your Family
I know..you’ve probably been present with your family 24/7 for weeks now. But are you spending any intentional time with them? Try turning off the Netflix and video games, sit at your dining room table or living room and just talk. Discuss about what your family is going through, how you can help each other and what you plan to do when quarantine is over.
Read with your kids, cook, play games, and do crafts. When all of this is over, you’ll cherish the memories you made with them.
Start a Garden
Many people are thinking about self sufficiency now. Order some seeds and supplies and start a small garden. It could just be a small container garden to start, but it could be the beginning of a fun and relaxing life long hobby.
Take a Walk Outside
Of course this depends on where you live, but if your situation allows it, take a walk on your street. Notice the plants, trees and environment. Be mindful as you walk. Play some uplifting music on your headset if you use one. And sunshine is great for your immune system!
Call a Friend
Many of us have become accustomed to communicating digitally. But it will never compare to actually hearing the voice of a friend or loved one. A person’s voice will tell you much more about what’s going on inside of them than a carefully crafted social media update ever well. So go ahead and call someone (but you might want to send a quick text to see if they’re available first!)
Start a Vision Board
Many news outlets are reporting that life may not be returning to what we once knew any time soon. What a scary thought to contemplate! But this could also be a great time to create a vision board. Think about the lessons that you’ve learned from this crisis and how you might want to live your life differently going forward. Find some images to reflect that and create a simple vision board to inspire you.
Clean the House
Now is a great time to start going through closets and drawers. If you haven’t used an item of clothing or household appliance in awhile, put it in a donation bag. Getting rid of unwanted clutter is incredibly freeing.
Turn on Some Music and Dance
Granted, you probably need your device for this but find a fun playlist (or create your own!) If you start feeling depressed or anxious, turn up the music and dance!
Make Some Time for Self Care
Many of us are going without our customary eyebrow waxing/threading appointments, manicures, pedicures, hair cuts and coloring. But you can still make an intentional effort every day to look and feel your best. Get up and take a shower, put one some neat and comfortable clothes and some simple makeup, just as if you were still planning to go out. It will make all the difference in your mental health.
Today’s email will have some fun coloring pages for you to print out and enjoy with your family! What are some of your favorite screen free activities for adults?
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