Hey, hi, hello all!
Do you ever feel like you’re wasting your life away, sticking your face into a screen & not doing something outside the world of technology? (I do.)
In this society, we’re all falling into the world of technology that surrounds us everywhere we go, from the train station, your home or even strangers across the street!
But hey, let’s bring back the oldies where kids were playing outside and parents have chats with their friends, drinking a cup of tea.
I’ve collaborated a list of ways (not in order) to stay away from your computer and get you feeling good & refreshed again.
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Read a book
Who said books are only for nerds? Enjoying a really good novel can give your imagination a great boost in creativity and intelligence.
There are so many books out there to match your own personal liking. I’ve found different ways to explore and find my own personal likings from romance and wellbeing books to horror & mystery (I know. Crazy! They don’t even match!) But you know, I like to explore my own personal likings unlimited.
I love reading books from time to time to get away from
the hells of reality.
Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea, sit outside your backyard and relax.
Instead of staring at moving images, why not read?
Take a walk, jog or run around your neighbourhood
Get your bottom out there and explore what’s going in the real world.
Meet people that live by you that you never met before.
It’s especially a great way to exercise (I really need to lose this belly fat!)
Whoever has a pet dog, lucky you ~ 😉
Cook something new
Why not try out a new recipe? Bake something to make your house smelling like the inside of a bakery.
Talking about bakeries, why not order some freshly made pie, pecan and fruitcake? Living in Australia, I was not able to get my hands on American baked goods until I came upon Collin Street Bakery and holy smokes were they good. I shared the fruitcakes with my family and they loved it!
You’ll feel accomplished after the finishing touches are revealed.
(You better get a snap of that achievement aftermatch!)
And better yet, you get to eat the yummy goodness!
Spend quality time with your family
Family is VERY important and you know what they say, you only live once. Why not spend that one time in a lifetime with them.
I do of course spend time with my fam when I’m not working on my blog, doing school or drawing. My family is pretty much everything I am grateful for like having a roof for me to stay under, cooking food, taking care of my brother and me when we were little and so much more.
Ok, I’ll stop with the emotional stuff. 🙁
Plus, just saying ‘I love you’ a little every day counts!
Party on!! (I’m joking).
Have some fun with your friends. Have a chill out day and gossip what you’ve been up to relieves the stress that builds up for the week.
You might be bursting out laughing the next thing you know!
But better yet, you feel so much better socialising with other people. I do it on a day to day basic practically.
Don’t you feel happy when you buy something? (I do! Literally, I need new stationaries & all the delightful planners) It’s like an addiction!
Go on a shopping spree (but don’t waste all your money!)
Even if you don’t have cash and credit card in hand, look around and try everything on~
Organise your desk or do housework
Did you just say do housework? Yes. Yes, I did. Did you clean your room? Yes.
Doing housework actually makes your house seem cleaner and you don’t need to worry about all the dirty dishes in the sink or the dirty laundry.
Actually, by organising your desk, you relieve stress and feel your mood lift. It happens to me!
Eat at a restaurant ALONE
Yep. I said it.
Eating silently alone in a restaurant is not something you see every day (rarely) but get out of your comfort zone.
It might actually make you feel happy and full of confidence afterwards which is totally worth it.
Go to a museum
Take a chillaxing time. Look at the art & history around you.
You might actually see something interesting you really like. Or even admire it!
It’s great to respond and recognise the precious things that have been created in history and a great way to boost your own creativity as well.
Go to the GYM
Work out and stay fit. Remember that time you lie in bed and saw something on Instagram that made you feel jealous or envy on that person’s body? I hope you don’t feel that way all that time. I did a post on social media & self-esteem (go check it out after reading this post!)
Get that bodily figure you saw in that magazine or tv commercial. Don’t overdo it though!
Go to a spa
Spa always makes stress and pain go away.
It also makes your skin 10 times smoother which is a yes on my list!
Spend time alone or with your close mates.
Also, you gotta try out the mud bath!
(I felt like a pig getting a bath the last time I was in a mud bath in Vietnam eek!)
Paint or draw
Splatter your creativity on paper!
Remember those time when you doodled in class back in high school because you were bored? Well, now you get to have any time to draw or paint something or anything.
(Don’t worry if yours looks well… bad. Have fun and learn from your mistakes.
You don’t always succeed on the first try- unless you were born with artist talent).
There are definitely other ways to draw, like adult colouring books. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen them everywhere, right? If not, it’s like a meditation that focuses on colouring in patterns. It’s like being a kid all over again *happy sigh*
You can always buy them online. Or buy them cheaply at Booktopia with 80% your purchase! One of my favourites is Secret Garden – An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book.
Write a letter to a friend or a past/future letter to yourself
Your friends will be amazed when they open their letterboxes to find a well-written letter by the one and truly.
Go back and time travel from history!
Or even write a letter to your past self and even write it to your future self! I wrote one for my past self in my private journal a while back (I might even go read it after this!)
It will definitely bring you to tears ~
Do a puzzle
I mean, it might take a long time to complete it or make you frustrated once you figured out that there is one piece missing but it helps pass the time!
There are so many puzzles to choose from out there!
And once you’re done with it, why not do it again? (Not.)
Sometimes, when we do puzzles and concentrate while having fun, time passes fast and we don’t even know it!
Start a garden or even a small one in your kitchen
Want roses in your backyard? or even an apple tree? Why not make a garden and grow your own organic vegetables.
Even a small one in your kitchen will make your home feel pinteresy.
Maybe even decorate your garden to make it look like it’s Christmas all over again? or just to make it look beautiful at night.
Re-decorate or re-arrange your place
Turn your place into something you feel comfortable in your own home.
Redecorating/arranging is an awesome and feel-good way to spruce up your life and feel like sweet ol’ home.
You can always decorate is any way you like based on your personality or what you like. For me, I like to keep my room minimalistic but have a little creative side (like wall arts, photos etc) just to keep me motivated!
Or another way is to check out Pinterest and find new inspiration on how to turn your boring house into something pretty! (Before you take the technology rest that is)
Write a story or a novel
Feel like writing or typing up a story that’s been stuck in your brain?
Why not do this! Let go of your creative instincts.
Write anything that comes to your mind and plans it out on paper. You might never know what your creativity can come up with.
Share it with friends, family or even write a novel on a free story site called Wattpad. I’m glad my friends showed me about this site when I was in high school. I would go on it all the time because I love reading other people’s stories and how it would distract me from my personal life and school life, LOL!
Take a warm bath
Nothing more like soaking in a relaxing, warm bath.
Put some music on, grab a pillow and get a book because you’ll need that!
Even better if you have bath bombs! I love using these bath bombs. It would always interest me how beautiful it turns when touched into the water, spread out and sizzle as well as relaxing.
Go explore for a day or two
Take a weekend and go on a quick travel outside your home. Walk in the neighbourhood.
Go exploring in a forest or go on a cruise.
Whatever floats your boat
(get it? haha I’m not funny ok.)
Learn something new
You don’t have to be young to study. Anyone at any age can.
Go back and reverse things you learned back in elementary and high school. Teach yourself something that you always wanted to educate yourself in but haven’t got the time.
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You shouldn’t feel like technology is everything (unless you work online or on social media). Always be grateful for what you have in the world! Go check out my other posts on what you should be thankful for ~
Feel free to comment more below if you have any ideas! or if you’ve tried this out!
Have wonderful and beautiful day ~
Hey, hi, hello there,
I’m Ellen Tran, an 18-year-old Australian/Vietnamese lifestyle blogger at ZyraKuma. I blog about lifestyle, self-wellbeing, productivity and relationships. I hope to inspire you guys and help those in need to become their better selves as well as combine art and blogging together (my two favourite things).
I’m currently a student, learning about art and design. Hopefully achieving to become an Illustrator because I love drawing.