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Ways to Cut Down on Screen Time During the Lockdown

ways to cut down on screen time

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that some of the links below are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies because I really like their products. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

We should all be doing the responsible thing by staying indoors to flatten the curve. However, this is easier for some than others. Me being told to stay inside and not interact with anyone is actually my dream. I like being inside and I don’t like people, this social or physical distancing means I could avoid making plans and avoid socialising without having to give a reason and make up an excuse. I began self-isolating before my government made it mandatory 

Staying indoors isn’t hard for me but some people are struggling. I keep seeing these challenges on social media that I guess people are doing because they are bored and need to past the time. There’s also been a lot of calls to action all to use the internet to connect and of course, everyone is watching Netflix. Netflix even had to lower their bandwidth to prevent lagging. While I love Netflix and keeping up with shows (check out my favourite Netflix shows here and check out shows I talked about here), I suffer from really bad headaches and too much screen time isn’t good for me.

I spend at least 8 hours a day in front of a computer screen for work. When I get home, there are many days where the last thing I’m able to do is to sit down in front of another screen. I’m also trying to cut down on the amount of screen time on my phone but that is an entirely different battle. Now that I’m working from home my headaches are more frequent so now I’m unable to spend any hours that I’m not working looking at another screen. I’ve had to resort to other means of passing the time that doesn’t include screens. 

I combined a list of things I like to do that don’t require me staring at a screen for long periods. If you want to cut down on your screen time or are just looking for something else to add to your daily activities since we can’t go outside. Check out the list below.  

Podcasts

My favourite thing to do when I’m not watching TV is to listen to podcasts. I especially like listening to podcasts when I’m about to fall asleep but I’m also very grateful for podcasts when I’m suffering from a headache and all I want to do is lie in my bed in the dark and listen to True Crime or listen to Conan

During this time when you can’t spend hours looking at a screen or you don’t want to, spend some time binging podcasts. One of the best things about podcasts is that you can listen to them while doing something else without being distracted. If you need some podcast ideas, check out my list here.

 Audiobooks

Audiobooks are the next best thing to podcasts. Is there a book you always wanted to read but didn’t have the time? Now you do and more than likely it has an audio version. Check out Audiobooksnow for access to thousands of audiobooks.

I recently listened to the audio version of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime and enjoyed every minute of it. If you needed an audiobook suggestion there you go. If you want to get 50% off of your first audiobook from Audiobooksnow click here.

AudiobooksNow - Digital Audiobooks for Less

Read a Book

Physical books, remember these? I do because like I mentioned I can’t spend long hours looking at a screen with all the headache so my reading time on a screen with be limited. If you don’t already have the physical book you want to read, the ability to go and purchase one may be limited at the moment.

Cooking

Cooking always gives me a break from the screen. Maybe there were some recipes you wanted to try, now you can. It’s also the perfect time to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. I enjoy cooking the most while listening to something.

Be Alone With Your Thoughts

How often do you just get to relax and think? Sometimes I just lay in bed in the dark with no noise. I swear it isn’t as sad as it sounds. I use this time to just check in with myself. This is also when I get some of my best ideas.

Take it Back to Paper 

We do a lot of things online now but to cut down on screen time or just to switch it up a bit, you can try journaling or just doodle and draw. There are also a lot of adult colouring books or activity books like sudoku or word searches. I bet these will help the time fly where you really get into it. If you’re unable to go outside to purchase or get deliveries you can go online and print some.

If you’re looking for somewhere to purchase your journal, click here.

For scrap booking supplies click here.

For crafting supplies click here.

Living through a global pandemic is harder for some than others, even if you aren’t struggling this is the best time to practice self-care. We are all so worried about what is happening in the world, we can forget to worry about ourselves. Don’t let this happen to you, this Self-Care Toolkit is available for download and printable and allows you to take some time to work on you and take account of your feelings. Find the kit here.

 Dance Parties/ Exercise 

It is important to stay active. You don’t need to go outside to stay active. There are many workout videos online but they’re also audio described ones like Blind Alive. Although it was created for the blind anyone can use their programme it’s easy to follow along and you need to listen.

Hang out With Your Family

 if you live with others you can use this time to catch up and talk. It’s easy for us to get caught up in our own lives. I’m sure we were isolated socially even before we were told to practice physical distancing. It can be nice to spend some time with the people you live with. You can just talk or you can bring out those board games or those Uno cards. Remember we can’t leave home so try not to start any fights. if you’re one of those families that can’t play monopoly without it ending in a fight maybe avoid this.

Clean/ Remodel/ Reorganise 

You can do whatever you want. Clean your room, change your sheets, redo your living room or deep clean your bathroom. Do whatever makes you happy.

Ways to Cut Down on Screen Time During the Lockdown

ways to cut down on screen time

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that some of the links below are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies because I really like their products. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.

We should all be doing the responsible thing by staying indoors to flatten the curve. However, this is easier for some than others. Me being told to stay inside and not interact with anyone is actually my dream. I like being inside and I don’t like people, this social or physical distancing means I could avoid making plans and avoid socialising without having to give a reason and make up an excuse. I began self-isolating before my government made it mandatory 

Staying indoors isn’t hard for me but some people are struggling. I keep seeing these challenges on social media that I guess people are doing because they are bored and need to past the time. There’s also been a lot of calls to action all to use the internet to connect and of course, everyone is watching Netflix. Netflix even had to lower their bandwidth to prevent lagging. While I love Netflix and keeping up with shows (check out my favourite Netflix shows here and check out shows I talked about here), I suffer from really bad headaches and too much screen time isn’t good for me.

I spend at least 8 hours a day in front of a computer screen for work. When I get home, there are many days where the last thing I’m able to do is to sit down in front of another screen. I’m also trying to cut down on the amount of screen time on my phone but that is an entirely different battle. Now that I’m working from home my headaches are more frequent so now I’m unable to spend any hours that I’m not working looking at another screen. I’ve had to resort to other means of passing the time that doesn’t include screens. 

I combined a list of things I like to do that don’t require me staring at a screen for long periods. If you want to cut down on your screen time or are just looking for something else to add to your daily activities since we can’t go outside. Check out the list below.  

Podcasts

My favourite thing to do when I’m not watching TV is to listen to podcasts. I especially like listening to podcasts when I’m about to fall asleep but I’m also very grateful for podcasts when I’m suffering from a headache and all I want to do is lie in my bed in the dark and listen to True Crime or listen to Conan

During this time when you can’t spend hours looking at a screen or you don’t want to, spend some time binging podcasts. One of the best things about podcasts is that you can listen to them while doing something else without being distracted. If you need some podcast ideas, check out my list here.

 Audiobooks

Audiobooks are the next best thing to podcasts. Is there a book you always wanted to read but didn’t have the time? Now you do and more than likely it has an audio version. Check out Audiobooksnow for access to thousands of audiobooks.

I recently listened to the audio version of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime and enjoyed every minute of it. If you needed an audiobook suggestion there you go. If you want to get 50% off of your first audiobook from Audiobooksnow click here.

AudiobooksNow - Digital Audiobooks for Less

Read a Book

Physical books, remember these? I do because like I mentioned I can’t spend long hours looking at a screen with all the headache so my reading time on a screen with be limited. If you don’t already have the physical book you want to read, the ability to go and purchase one may be limited at the moment.

Cooking

Cooking always gives me a break from the screen. Maybe there were some recipes you wanted to try, now you can. It’s also the perfect time to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. I enjoy cooking the most while listening to something.

Be Alone With Your Thoughts

How often do you just get to relax and think? Sometimes I just lay in bed in the dark with no noise. I swear it isn’t as sad as it sounds. I use this time to just check in with myself. This is also when I get some of my best ideas.

Take it Back to Paper 

We do a lot of things online now but to cut down on screen time or just to switch it up a bit, you can try journaling or just doodle and draw. There are also a lot of adult colouring books or activity books like sudoku or word searches. I bet these will help the time fly where you really get into it. If you’re unable to go outside to purchase or get deliveries you can go online and print some.

If you’re looking for somewhere to purchase your journal, click here.

For scrap booking supplies click here.

For crafting supplies click here.

 Dance Parties/ Exercise 

It is important to stay active. You don’t need to go outside to stay active. There are many workout videos online but they’re also audio described ones like Blind Alive. Although it was created for the blind anyone can use their programme it’s easy to follow along and you need to listen.

Hang out With Your Family

 if you live with others you can use this time to catch up and talk. It’s easy for us to get caught up in our own lives. I’m sure we were isolated socially even before we were told to practice physical distancing. It can be nice to spend some time with the people you live with. You can just talk or you can bring out those board games or those Uno cards. Remember we can’t leave home so try not to start any fights. if you’re one of those families that can’t play monopoly without it ending in a fight maybe avoid this.

Clean/ Remodel/ Reorganise 

You can do whatever you want. Clean your room, change your sheets, redo your living room or deep clean your bathroom. Do whatever makes you happy.