There are days where you just can’t take the rush, the ongoing trends, the controversial “teas”, and all the negativity online. Let’s be real, social media can really be toxic at times (or most of the time), so it is perfectly understandable if you want to disconnect even for a short while. Maybe hours, days, or weeks.
However, if you have social media as an integral part of your everyday routine, then it might be hard to actually last even an hour on your social media or digital detox. You will probably have nothing left to do aside from being bored.
And that is the sad thing right there, isn’t it? Because of social media, or basically the internet, you think that you have nothing else to do when in reality, there are a plethora of activities out there that you can dip your toes into. We have been so used to looking at our screens when there is much more to see when you lift your head and look.
Remember that hobby before you made your Facebook account? Why not get back into that? Remember when you took photos just for fun and not be pressured to upload and please your followers? And if you are still in need of something more to do after that, then why not test out these productive activities you could try when you do not have internet connection around:
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Paint, color, draw
Unleash your creativity and get hands-on with it! If you haven’t been drawing for a while, then go grab your pencil and sketchbook. Recently though, I love painting whenever being online gets a little bit overwhelming for me. But here’s the catch: I don’t paint and I do not think I have that kind of creative bone in my body. But thankfully, there are these gems called Paint-By-Number Kits where it’s basically like an adult coloring book but only with paint! Trust me, you could spend hours on this without you even realizing! This is a definite stress-reliever for me.
Now if you want to make the most of your time by being really productive and contributing something to your home, then why not start some DIY projects? You get busy and save money! Sound like a win-win for me. You can either show off your inventiveness and do some projects straight from your imagination or gain inspiration from resources (that are not online, of course). I am sure there is an abundance of DIY books on your local bookstore but if you want to do some wooden crafts, then here is a great book. On the other hand, if you want to avoid using much of your energy, then this book about DIY woven arts is a must have!
If done consistently, journaling can be a great help in your daily life, mental health, relationships, and more. Journaling can also be a form of expressing gratitude or a guide to achieving your greatest goals. Do not be discouraged if you know that you cannot make yourself commit to writing on your journal frequently—maybe you just need a different journal. You will need something with a guide, instructions laid out in front of you, and interactive questions which will make you think and reflect. Much like this one.
Do you have your plane tickets with you? Do you have your polaroids lying around? How about those handwritten letters and memos from your most important people? Aside from helping you declutter your drawers, scrapbooking can also bring you a sense of comfort and sweet nostalgia especially if the things you are setting on your scrapbook have their own personal meanings. I do recommend you invest in a simple, plain scrapbook like this one where you can customize the cover freely.
(No, sir, we are not letting the art of scrapbooking die on this age.)
Learn New Recipes
Some people find euphoria whenever they are in the kitchen. I mean, duh, food. But there is a different sense of accomplishment between eating food and making food. If you love cooking, then I suggest you learn some new recipes. And if you haven’t cooked in your whole life, well, it is never too late to start, right? If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, this recipe book is for you. On the other hand, if you want to make a hearty meal for you and your family, then this recipe book has it all.
This activity is perfect for those who have a knack for photography. What you will basically do is to go out, walk around your village or any other location that you want, and take any photos of something that interests you. There is no limit (except for your card storage, of course) as to how many photos you must take. You’ll be amazed at the little interesting things you didn’t notice before because you were too busy walking with your phone on your hand. Do not worry, you don’t need to be keen on taking super professional photos because you will have them in the end, trust me. There will always be that one or two photos which will pleasantly surprise you.
I am giving you here two activities: 1) Clean and declutter, and 2) do a garage sale! If you’ve been delaying cleaning your house and throwing away all those unused boxes, then there is no more perfect time to start than now. Separate your things into two piles: what you do not need and what you need. Then look at your What You Need pile and separate them again between what you do not need and what you need. By then, your What You Do Not Need pile is more than enough to start a garage sale!
In connection with cleaning and decluttering from the previous point, donating your things is another excellent way to let go of your stuff should you feel that arranging a garage sale is too time-consuming. Search for your nearest organization—be it a women’s shelter or an orphanage—and personally hand them all the things you are donating. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the radiating happiness of the people you’ve helped with even just a simple act of kindness.
Life is so much more than online trends and wishing you were like this influencer or that famous person. Social media can do you more bad than good if you do not know how to differentiate what is real from what is not. What people post on social media is not what it always seem to be, so do not feel like you have standards to reach or “trends” to follow.
Give yourself a break and let yourself live… realistically.