Published: Nov. 19, 2020
read book with dog

Now is a great time to shut off your devices and give yourself some time and space to rest and recharge. 

Here’s a list of screen-free things you can do to make the most of the long weekend.

Connect with yourself

You’ve dealt with a lot this semester and you deserve time to reflect on how far you’ve come. Here are some ways you can reconnect with your inner soul. 

  • Thank yourself. Think back about all the things you accomplished this semester and write down the things you are most proud of. Something as simple as “Thank you for making it this far” is enough to give yourself a pat on the back.
  • Read your favorite book. No matter the genre, picking up a physical book to read of your choice can help you relax. Let yourself emerge in the story and dream on.
  • Do a self-care day. Whether you enjoy taking a hot shower, doing yoga, playing board games with family or talking with a friend, make space to do what you love. Set time aside to do things that bring you joy to take care of all aspects of your health. 

Find beauty in the sky

What we see above us, including the galaxy and stars, is one way to connect with the world we live in. Here are some ways to do just that.

  • Watch the sunrise or sunset. Whether you’re an early riser or a late sleeper, start your day watching the sunrise or get outside in the evening to enjoy watching the sun go down.
  • Gaze at the clouds. One of the simplest pastimes is looking at clouds. Use your imagination to see how many animals and shapes you can find. 
  • Look at the stars. On clear nights, stepping outside and looking up can put everything in perspective. You can try counting stars or see how many constellations you can spot. Download a free app to help you name all of the constellations and planets you see.

Think like a kid

Rekindle your inner child and do things that make you really happy. Here are some ideas to get you going.

  • Do sensory grounding activities. Find things that allow you to use your five senses. You can color with crayons or even go on a walk and note of all the sounds, smells and things you see. Let your inner child indulge in using all of your senses to explore.
  • Start a collection. Whether it’s rocks, coins, fall leaves or whatever you choose, as long as you’re having fun, there’s no limit to what you collect.
  • Write thank you notes. Why not leave a nice message for your neighbor or a thank you note to critical health workers who are doing their best to keep us safe? Don’t underestimate the power of your words to put a smile on someone's face. 

Get creative

  • Spend time with your furry friend. If you have a dog, cat or other pet, spend quality time with them over the long weekend. Try to teach them new tricks, go for a long walk or find a new toy or treat they might enjoy.
  • Reorganize and decorate. This is the perfect time to clean and reorganize your space or finally paint your room the color you’ve always wanted. Something as simple as changing the location of your bed and changing your sheets can reset your mood. 
  • Go for a drive or bike ride. Whether you have a destination or not, exploring scenic spaces can put a lot of things in perspective. Rediscover the town you live in and enjoy the ride. 
  • Make your favorite hot drink. From pumpkin spiced lattes to  peppermint hot chocolates, getting adventurous in the kitchen can be a great way to spend your time. 

Get competitive

  • Make a scavenger hunt. Whether the final treasure is a $10 bill or lifelong bragging rights, you can have fun in your own home or neighborhood. Create a scavenger hunt map and have your roommates or family members find the treasure!
  • Get out the board games. If there’s at least two people in your household, get out those dusty board games and get competitive. You can also play different games with a single deck of cards if you want to change things up.  
  • Can you guess the item? Find a cardboard box. Cut a hole in the rectangular part of the box. Place an item in the box. Have your roommates or family members put their hands through the open sides of the box to guess the item inside.

There are many things you can do that don’t involve a screen. Take advantage of the long weekend, try something new and most importantly have fun!