Phones and social media have become a part of everyday life. They are seemingly unavoidable and we are all probably guilty of spending too much time browsing. As a blogger, it is easy to spend hours using my phone for my blog and personal accounts. Especially since finishing university, it is even easier to spend my day looking through various social media apps. However, I want to try to stop using my phone as much so I thought I would share some alternative things to pass the time instead of using a phone.
One of the most obvious things I can do instead of using my phone or social media is blogging. There is always so much you could be doing when you run a blog. I’m still trying to get back into the swing of keeping up with my blog again after taking a rather long break but I am enjoying it a lot. Writing posts is still my favourite part of blogging and is why I really love this platform. Writing a post is so much more fulfilling than scrolling aimlessly on social media!
Now that I’ve finished university, I have so much more time for reading. Currently I’ve been working my way through so many amazing books and it’s so nice to actually have the time to read. It can be so easy to sit down and scroll but actively putting the phone down and picking up a book is so much more worthwhile. It’s a great way to cut down on screen time, relaxes you and I have read so many great books recently!
COOKING + BAKING
Baking has never been a particular strong point of mine but I seem to have nailed some basic cupcakes now which is a start. Generally speaking I do enjoy baking and cooking and it can be a great way to pass the time if you don’t have anything to do. Finding a new recipe to try out or something to bake passes the time and gives you something delicious at the end of it (which is way more than your phone can do).
Perhaps not the most popular of alternative things to do instead of using your phone or social media but it is something. Recently I’ve found that during the afternoon slump when I’m not sure what to do with myself I’ve started doing some home workouts. It stops me from sitting and scrolling and boosts my energy levels so is a win all round. EM K Fit’s dance ABBA workout has been my favourite for a while now too.
I have had a scrapbook for over 10 years now and it is still one of my favourite things to do. I love when I have collected enough stuff to update it and spending an afternoon adding to it is so much fun. Embroidery has also become a little hobby of mine and is also good at stopping me from scrolling all day as my hands are occupied! There are so many little crafty activities around that there will always be something you can try. Even if its not for you it’s a good way to stop the phone usage for a little while.
START A JOURNAL
A while ago I started bullet journalling and shared my first spread. I haven’t been the best at keeping up with it but it is incredibly satisfying to create. I am not an artist at all but there’s something quite therapeutic when starting a new spread. You can personalise it completely to your needs and tastes and it’s a good way to reflect and look forward that it’s a really satisfying hobby too.
There we have 6 alternative things you could instead of aimlessly scrolling. I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort recently to stop using my phone as much and start taking time out to do other activities. I think we can all be guilty of claiming we don’t have the time to do a lot of these activities but in reality, putting down the phone can give us so much more time in the day. It’s so easy to become addicted to the scrolling and wanting to stay updated on everything but it’s just as nice to stop all that and take time out to do activities that you want to try and make time for.
What do you do when you want to stop using your phone as much? Do you have any alternative activities to social media scrolling?