I’m trying something new this year, social media free weekends. This means no Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or blogging. I want to take the time to unplug and enjoy my surroundings. I want to build the relationships of those around me, and I want to simply slow down. Last year, I really got caught up in the comparison game and as the new year approached I knew that that needed to change. One big thing that helps me is staying off of social media, which is a big part of why I’m doing this.
When I was in high school I didn’t even touch my phone on Sunday’s. It stayed off and plugged in all day while I went to church and spent time with family. I miss that, and most of the time I hate how attached I feel to my cell phone.
Last weekend I unplugged for the first time since high school, and while it wasn’t easy (I reached for my phone way too much…) but I was able to focus on different things. I didn’t keep my phone off though, I kept it on since I still text and talk to my family on the weekends, but it was nice to have a social media free weekend. I look forward to spending my weekends without the constant need to scroll and refresh my news feed.
35 things to do instead of checking social media.
Even though it felt so good to unplug, I found myself with time that I didn’t know exactly what to do with. Isn’t that sort of sad that I didn’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have social media?? Definitely makes me think… So, I came up with a list of things that you can I can do instead of checking social media. Hopefully this list will help me more in the next few days when I feel the urge to grab my phone, I can do something else instead!
- Make your bed. You’ll feel good too, I promise!
- Try a new recipe. I actually like cooking (most of the time) and trying new recipes are always fun, check out this Pinterest Board for some ideas (we really love the Jalapeno Popper Chicken!)
- Play with a puppy.
- Read a book
- Read another book. Need some ideas? Check out my favorite books from 2017 or my reading challenge for 2018!
- Watch a movie with your family
- Text someone you haven’t talked to in a while. You know, that person that keeps coming to your mind but you keep ignoring the thought because you don’t want to come off as weird or whatever. Just text them.
- Do yoga. Follow along with my favorite YouTuber!
- Go for a walk. Yes, I realize that it might be freezing where you live (same here!) But getting out of the house will boost your mood!
- Go someplace you’ve never been in your city
- Have a dance party
- Organize your closet (I’m hoping to do this more today, gotta get all the baby stuff organized!)
- Clean the fridge
- Write in your journal
- Start a blog – this can be really fun and easy! I use SiteGround and WordPress!
- Do family history. Not sure where to start? Head over to FamilySearch where you can create a free account and find out about where you came from!
- Index names for family history. Not sure what this means, find more info here!
- Create a new playlist on Spotify
- Do the laundry (then fold it) I know.. what a novel idea, folding laundry the same day you wash it (okay, to be honest, we actually do this 99% of the time, but I know that a lot of people don’t)
- Color in a coloring book
- Take a bath
- Go for a hike
- Or go to the beach (depending on where you live!)
- Play a board game
- Read the Scriptures
- Call your mom
- Read blogs, like this one, this one, or this one.
- Just sit for a moment and enjoy the silence.
- Play the piano
- Talk with a loved one
- Watch a new show. We’re currently watching Lucifer on Hulu and I definitely recommend.
- Start this 30-Day Simplicity challenge! Simplify your life, there’s no better time than if you start today!
- Go out to eat with a friend.
- Serve someone!
Let’s Chat! What are some things that you wish you could do, but don’t think you have the time for? Would putting down your phone help? Do you have any other ideas of things you could do instead of using social media on the weekends?