A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
Google’s very reliable meaning search, trusted by millions young and old, is the source for this rather accurate definition for the new digital detox fad.
Exam time proves to be a real challenge for us millennials because it comes with the added challenge of avoiding the temptation of checking various avenues of social media every few seconds. For all those wondering how some of us even succeed at this, there are plenty of extremely useful apps available on the Google play store to curb your temptation of phone checking.
Okay, so we’ve managed to make it through our exams without frying our brains with an overdose of Instagram, so is this the end? Is the following summer break going to be two months of a tech binge? Realistically it sounds about right, to indulge in all the idle sins we’ve been denying ourselves of for the past month, but that’s not how it should be.
Here’s a list of five things you can do in place of switching on that television or picking up that phone:
1. Read a book
As cliche as this may sound, it is proven to be one of the best methods to keep you occupied enough. If you’re not particularly fond of reading, the best way to go about this is to pick a genre that interests you, instead of simply reading something the papers or your friends are raving about. It does not have to be a classic or something difficult to understand, it could even be a comic book or graphic novel depending on your interest.
2.Explore your city
While not everyone has the luxury to vacation during summer, you can surely go on your own mini vacation by exploring your very own city! You are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised by the new things you discover by simply walking around and exploring. It may seem like a mighty task to explore in the heat, but an umbrella and plenty of lemonade can work wonders. Evenings are a great time to go about an activity like this if the morning sun is too much to handle. Whether you live in a big city or a small one, there’s always some hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.
3. Do some volunteer work
Volunteering is a great way to enhance your CV alongside gaining some good karma. The volunteer work does not have to be with some established or well-known NGO which makes you fill out applications and give interviews. Instead, opt for a non-profit which genuinely needs help for a cause. Your work could even be as simple as getting some pedigree for rescued animals or transportation for the poor from their homes to a nearby hospital.
4. Play a board game
We all loved playing board games with friends and family as children. It’s time to dust off the old monopoly and watch friendships being broken once again with UNO. A brilliant way to not only boost those brain cells but to also facilitate human interaction, these board games get the job done. Great options for board games are Monopoly, Snakes, and Ladders, Guess Who, Scrabble, Pictureka and The Game of Life. And in case you don’t wish to play any of these board games, grab a pen and some paper and relive your childhood with the classic, Name-Place-Animal-Thing.
5. Learn a new skill
Ditch the Youtube tutorials for a second and look up actual skill classes. Whether you want to learn to do the Salsa or learn how to make Salsa, this age and time offer limitless possibilities in terms of skill classes and courses. A favourite among most people is baking classes. A stress-free method to create something delicious the result of which you can even consume, baking classes are great for those with a passion for cooking. Other great options include Pottery, Roller Skating, Painting, and Swimming among many others.
Whatever the method you choose to wean yourself off of technology this summer, a productive distraction will help you feel much better than any screen possibly could.
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