10 Things to do While Unplugged

Do you ever sometimes get sick of being on your phone? Just me? I think we’ve been trained like Pavlov’s dogs to begin salivating at the sound of our ring tone. There’s sometimes when I get so tired of hearing it that I turn it on silent, turn off the data and wifi, leave it in my purse and walk away. A few hours later I then apologize to my sister who was locked outside and tried calling 3 times. I think technology is awesome and trust me, I wouldn’t know my way to walmart without my phone’s GPS, but sometimes technology just makes my head hurt.

Do you ever sometimes get sick of being on your phone? Just me? I think we’ve been trained like Pavlov’s dogs to begin salivating at the sound of our ring tone. There’s sometimes when I get so tired of hearing it that I turn it on silent, turn off the data and wifi, leave it in my purse and walk away. A few hours later I then apologize to my sister who was locked outside and tried calling 3 times. I think technology is awesome and trust me, I wouldn’t know my way to walmart without my phone’s GPS, but sometimes technology just makes my head hurt.

If you ever feel the same way, take a look at some of these ideas of things to do that take a few steps away from technology:

Go on a walk

Or go to the gym. A couple who works out together… is probably happier because they’ve awakened their endorphins.

Visit the local dog park

I never regret taking our dog out on a walk or to the dog park. He has a blast with the other pups and our son loves seeing all the other puppies running after the same ball.

If you don’t have a pet, go window shopping at a pet store (not for the faint of heart).

Play a board game or card game.

Invite over some pals and hang out! Get some snacks and let the fun begin!

Bake a yummy dessert

Try this easy pastry, or these healthy cookies!

Play a silly drawing game together

Sometimes Josh and I will play a game when we’re bored where I will draw a few lines (straight, squiggly, pointy, etc.) on a piece of paper and then hand it over to him. Then, he has to take my nonsensical lines and make a picture out of it. No drawing skills necessary here! Just a little bit of an imagination.

Do either of you play an instrument?

Play a couple songs you know and sing along together. I’ll never forget the first time my husband sang to me. I knew right then that we would get married some day.

Decide to improve something around the house!

Ever wanted to make those cute DIY shelves on pinterest? Or plant some flowers in front of the porch? Take a trip to a hardware or home goods store and start creating! You two can be proud of what you made together!

Find a book that you both find interesting and take time reading out loud together.

This can be so relaxing and fun snuggled together with blankets and tea.

Play this game of Random Questions To Ask Your Significant Other When You’re Extremely Bored.

Sit outside together.

Whether you have a yard, balcony, front steps. My favorite time to sit outside with Josh is when the sun is setting. Colorful skies can help inspire colorful conversation.
Tell me your own ideas in the comments below!

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    Comments

    Jessie

    Great ideas, thank you — I will keep them in my mind the next time I’m stressed out!

    Hil

    Oh yes! Sitting outside together is great. Peaceful relaxing, chatting and enjoying the evening air. Great ideas.

    dixya @ food, pleasure, and health

    i think going on a walk without a phone is great way to unplug and actually be present in the moment. so important to practice this more often.

    sara strand

    I told my husband that this summer we are going to get outdoors more. This year was tricky with a newborn and figuring out her schedule, our exhaustion, and Matt’s work schedule. But this year? This year we are going to get outside and enjoy it.

    Kim

    I am going to go bake something after I finish commenting here:) Great, easy ideas to unplug.

    Sara

    Great ideas! I’m always looking for a time when I can finally unplug…

    Chrissy

    I try not to grab my phone too often when I’m at home, because I can get so much done when unplugged. It distracts too much and there are so many other things that need to be done or that I want to do, like knitting f.e. Great tips up there! Happy Sunday

    Chelsea

    I would love to eventually do a whole day of unplugging although I really don’t think I could do it :/ As sad as that sounds..

    Katie

    Great list! I definitely need to unplug more 🙂

    Michelle frost

    Great list! We play that kind of “random questions” game with the whole family as well and everyone loves it – even the kids who have a rough time without their phones get fully into it! 🙂

    Rosalyn O.

    Great list!! I like baking and practicing a new language! Thanks for sharing this :))

    Shann Eva

    Yes! I get so sick of being on my phone and/or being on the computer. I just need a break sometimes. Great suggestions!

    Jessica

    Aw I love these ideas! Perfect for the hubbs and I.

    Charlotte

    I love this so much. I’m trying to take active measures to unplug much more often and though I’m not a big TV person, my bf is HUGE. To the point where it’s almost led to really stupid arguments around here. I just don’t like unwinding with noise at the end of the day. That said, there are so many OTHER things that we could be doing aside from sitting and vegging out in front of the box. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    mash

    Great post! I love to listen to music and go on a walk!

    Mash | http://www.sarmash.com

    Lindsey

    Great ideas! I spend WAY too much time plugged in, especially now that I’m trying to turn my blog into a part-time business. These are very helpful reminders.

    Jenny

    These are all great ideas.
    I need to keep these in mind.

    xoxo, Jenny

    Britany Schulz

    Being unplugged is one of the BEST things ever:)

    Branson

    This is a great list!! I definitely get tired of my phone in a BIG way. Blessing and a burden, ya know?

    Rebecca

    Your ideas sound more relaxing than checking emails and status updates. I’m going to have to try these when and if we unplug!

    @chelsealeighdamon