Why A Screen-Free Week Could Be Just What You Need

Make no mistake, we’re not here to discuss the perils of getting hooked on modern technology and culture. TV, video games, online communities and the like are all fine ways to spend your time, but sometimes you might feel like you need a break. For that reason, we’re taking a closer look at some hobbies than can help you spend the occasional moment away from the digital world and more time in the real world.

See more of the world

The online world is connecting us further and more quickly than ever, exposing us to viewpoints, interests, and people we might never otherwise encounter. However, it’s important to actually experience some of the world for yourself rather than through a screen. Checking out local museums and galleries, as well as traveling, can help you live a little more broadly, rather than simply reading or watching more broadly.

Learn a new skill

Taking the time out to learn a brand-new skill, discipline or hobby isn’t just a distraction. It helps us grow as people and makes it easier to learn other new skills that may become vital later in our careers or life. Everything from picking up fishing with sites like Fishing Sun to cookery courses make it a lot easier to dip our toes in the water of brand-new skills. As such, the internet makes it easier to be a more well-rounded person offline, too.

Broaden your mind

There’s no shortage of art or creative culture to expose yourself too online. However, there’s simply no replacing trying some creativity of your own. Taking a break from the computer to try learning an instrument, visit your local library, or to pick up a paintbrush can help you be more expressive, rather than someone who solely consumes.

Connect with your family and community

Many of us have online communities that can feel just as real as the people around us, but it’s still essential to maintain the bonds of family and community that help us feel truly connected to the world. Taking a trip with the family, finding a local class or hobbyist group near you, or using sites like Do It to connect with charitable and volunteer efforts can help use create a more socially enriched life.

Lower your stress levels

Some say that the impact that social media and how we interact with online communities is overblown. However, there’s no denying that being connected to a screen 24/7, always being in reach, and always being accountable, does put us under some pressure. A staycation away from the home can offer a break from that pressure and let us take a moment away from some of our usual stresses.

Finding something to connect you with the world around you can help you live a richer, fuller life and find new ways to relax besides sitting in front of a screen all day. You might even find that the break makes you even fonder of the pop culture and online distractions you already enjoy.

Break The Mould With An Awesome Date Night

Are you planning a date that is going to be both memorable and exciting? This means that you might want to avoid the classics like the cinema or restaurant and instead aim to dazzle. If so, then we think these are going to be fantastic choices for you.

Private Karaoke 

We know karaoke seems a little cliche, but it’s not when you do it the right way. What you’re looking for is a modern karaoke bar. Instead of getting up on stage in front of complete strangers, you will be able to have your own private booth. There you can be provided with drinks from friendly staff that will keep them coming all night long. You also don’t need to worry about issues with having to sit through countless people who are tone-deaf. While this can be quite a fun thing to share between the two of you, it’s great for a group date too.

Ax Throwing 

Okay, yes it does sound a tad scary at first but safe ax throwing is a real past time. You can enjoy this in an environment similar to a gun range or a place where you might throw darts. It’s definitely a good choice if you are thinking about ways that you can impress your date. Nothing says macho quite like being able to throw an ax at full speed and hit a target right on the money. This can be a spontaneous date that you plan as a surprise. They might not love the idea at first, but we think they’ll soon come around.

Skydiving?

This isn’t going to be suitable for everyone. You’re going to need your date to be a little bit of a daredevil. It’s also quite expensive. Even tandem skydiving will cost you a couple hundred but this does make it quite impressive, doesn’t it? We don’t recommend this one as a first date, but for putting the spark back in your relationship? Absolutely! We think this will require a certain level of planning too. It doesn’t quite fit as a spontaneous date option, but that’s okay. It could still be great fun for you and your partner.

Escape Room

Another chance to show off? Perhaps, because this time you’ll be able to demonstrate your incredible intellect as you manage to ensure that both of you escape the room. These come in plenty of different themes so you’re bound to find one that provides the fun-filled adventure that you have been searching for. They are all over the place too and quite a reasonable cost for a date. You just need to make sure that you are selecting the right difficulty. If you have never tried this before it’s best to select an easier option. The good news is that difficult levels are clearly labeled on the sites. As such, you don’t need to worry about asking when you’re there.

We hope you love these ideas and try them yourself. Whether you’re going on a couples’ night out, getting away from the kids or impressing them for the first time, we think these could be some fantastic choices.

Making Your Backyard A More Active Place

Being active is something we all love to do (even when you’re a self-confessed couch potato), and it’s something we don’t really get encouraged to do in a way that speaks to us. We’re told time and time again to try exercise, because it’ll make us feel good and get us into a shape we’re proud of, and then we’re shown the benefits of running on a regular basis. And for most of us, that’s just way too boring!

It’s because of this that you should focus on the garden you have outside your house, and in particular, the backyard that’s just sitting pretty in front of it. If you’ve got a big, empty backyard on your hands, make sure you’re filling it up with fun and friends this summer time! You’ve got plenty of ideas to get on with, and plenty of ways to make them happen, so let’s try and inspire you.

Think About Adding a Pool

If you’ve got a backyard big enough, or you’re someone has some savings put away that aren’t doing anything else for you, adding a pool to your outdoor space is a great way to encourage yourself to treat your backyard as an active space. After all, swimming pools are great places to cool off in over the summer, and they’re great for making sure you’re exercising early on Sunday mornings, without needing to leave the house to hit the gym.

So, if your backyard and bank account do fit the conditions above, why not look into an option like this? It’ll add some more value to your home as well – if you’re in a place in your life to be thinking about financial investments, this could be a great way to set up for one!

Make Your Yard Sport Friendly

Most of all, you need to encourage a space in which you can move, and in which you feel energised to play games and take part in outdoor activities. You want a backyard that can host mini games of football or baseball, or even just to shoot a ball around in without being too loud or non-window friendly…

Depending on the kind of sport you’re into, and what games you watch most on the TV when you’re inside, you’re going to have to make different changes. For example, some sports are going to require heavier modifications than others, such as basketball, which you might need an in ground basketball hoop for. Games like football, on the other hand, only need a bit of chalk to mark out the nets for!

One is clearly easier to set up than the other, so depending on your budget and the time you have to spend outside on a daily basis, you might want to opt for one above the other.

Turning your backyard into more of an active place to be doesn’t have to be tricky. Move some plants here, fix the fence up there, etc. But don’t be afraid to spend some money!