Step Away From Your Phone With These Three Screen Free Activities

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Tap, scroll, swipe, scroll, double tap, lock. 

Our smartphones are such a powerful tool for unlocking a world of new information. Yet, here we are, 1:30am finding out which Simpson’s character we’re most similar to via a Buzzfeed quiz.

January is a time of new resolutions, so why not throw in some reduced screen-time to your weekend plans? Here are some screen-free pursuits that the team at The Style Edit have lined up for the weekend. 

Go out for Spanish food

We heard back in November when American-Italian food chain Frankie & Benny’s went as far to roll out a ‘no phone’ policy to encourage families to interact over dinner in exchange for a free kid’s meal.

Eating tapas is the perfect style of meal to enjoy with others. Challenge each other to order one dish that you haven’t tried before, you won’t even realise you’re operating phone free!

And of course, the classic, ask everyone in the group to place their phones in the middle of the table. Whoever checks theirs first pays the bill.

Have a self-care night

Run a bath, apply a facemask and grab your favourite book. Tonight’s digital detox is going to make you feel all kinds of chill. In the aftermath of the festive period, we’re all spread financially thin this month so a night in will be good for the bank balance and for the soul.

You may find you’ll sleep better too. The blue light emitted by screens on mobile phones, computers, tablets, and televisions restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle. Reducing melatonin makes it harder to fall and stay asleep.

Find and join your local Park Run 

Calling all early risers! Parkrun is a collection of 5km running events that take place every Saturday morning at over 1,400 locations in twenty-three countries across five continents. As well as the obvious physical benefits to running, running can control stress and boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.

So dust off your runners and blow out those cobwebs! We’ll even permit you to post that smug Instagram story once you’ve completed it.

Bronagh Rafferty

@bronaghraff

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