During these difficult times, you don’t just want to sit on your phone all day or veg out in front of Netflix for 16 hours a day. It can be tempting, but unplugging every once in a while is really good for your mental health. Here are some fun activities to do at home that don’t require internet access, a TV, your computer, or your phone.
Adult Coloring Books and Other Art Projects
The first way to be entertained and fill up time at home without using any electronics is to look at more creative activities. Adult coloring books have gotten really popular recently, since the themes are more for adults (i.e. no cartoons), as well as them being a little more advanced with intricate details. You can get a coloring book and colored pencils for very inexpensive.
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Also think about other creative projects you enjoy, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, or even something like doing a puzzle. These activities are fun to do at home and can even involve the rest of the family.
Read More. It’s Good for You!
There is nothing quite like a real, printed book. Yes, audio and digital books are convenient, but it will never compare to the smell of a book. If you have extra time at home with nothing to do, turn off your tablet and instead start reading from actual books.
You can order them online, visit a local bookstore if they’re still open, or get them secondhand. But chances are, you already have some books at home that haven’t been read.
Journal or Try Creative Writing
If you have a pen and paper, you can write. You might be more of a journaling person, where you want to find clarity, share your thoughts, and set goals for yourself. Other people might want to explore some creative writing, which can be an interesting process when you are writing it down on paper as opposed to using a computer. It takes longer to write than to type for most people, so you will soon learn that moving with the flow of your thoughts is more challenging. But what you get is a really interesting end result.
Have Deep Conversations with Your Family
If you are stuck inside with your family for a while, have some great conversations with them! Turn off the Netflix and video games, sit at the table or in the living room, and just start talking. Share what you’re going through, your hopes and dreams, and your plans for your next vacation. You won’t run out of things to talk about.