Let’s face it. With COVID-19 in full effect, our screen times have gone up and we’ve been spending a little too much time on the couch. Sure, Netflix and Instagram here and there are okay, but humans weren’t made to sit in front of a screen all day. Excessive time on technology can have a serious toll on your mental and physical health. Obesity, anxiety, and depression are among the many consequences of too much screen time.
We’ve compiled a list of 4 fun and simple activities to do to get you off your phone and combat those COVID blues.
- Play some PutterBall
Sports and recreational activities are a perfect way to get moving and release some endorphins. PutterBall is the perfect activity for any backyard party or get together and is a simple game for any age. Play with your family, friends, or even your roommate. Similar to golf and beer pong, PutterBall is the perfect activity that will surely put a smile on your face. Studies show that participation in sports and games can seriously improve mental health. Sports can boost self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, games like PutterBall is the perfect way to socialize with friends in a fun, engaging way.
- Pick up a New Book
Okay, here me out. Reading may not be as exciting as PutterBall, but when is the last time you picked up a good book? Reading is a simple activity that can have many benefits for your mental health. In addition to reducing stress and providing a sense of peace and tranquility, reading has been shown to improve memory, focus, and concentration. The next time you’re curled up on your couch or in bed, consider grabbing a book rather than your phone. You can even try an audiobook and go for a walk around your neighborhood.
- Try out a New Recipe
Cooking is the perfect COVID activity to keep you entertained. The next time you find yourself bored, grab a cookbook and try out a new recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Make it yourself or team up with friends or family to all get involved. Cooking is not only fun and stimulating, but at the end you’ll have delicious food to eat. Cooking allows you to get off your screen, and the sense of accomplishment after you finish a dish is the perfect mood booster. You can even bring your food to a local park and have a picnic.
- Work on a Puzzle
2020 was truly the revival of the puzzle. Did you know that puzzle sales went up over 300% last summer? Get out a puzzle and understand what all the hype is about. You can work on it yourself or grab some friends to help you. Puzzles are a fun activity that will get you off your screen. Even better, puzzles have shown to increase patience and concentration. They’re the perfect activity for kids and adults alike.