Screen-Free Week

AUTHOR:  Jenny Kern
DATE:  05/03/2021

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Screens are Everywhere!

This week, 5/3/21-5/9/21, is National Screen-Free Week. Another side effect of the global pandemic has been an increase in screen time for children, teens and adults. Since the crisis and our screens aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, try some of these tips to take back control of your digital well-being…

  1. Delete apps you don’t truly use or get benefit from.
  2. Turn on your phone’s grayscale mode when you work.
  3. Turn on Do Not Disturb mode.
  4. Spend an hour or two each day or week where you don’t check your phone or any other device.
  5. Organize your schedule with some social media time.
  6. An hour before bedtime, put your phone away.

Plan some Screen-Free Activities into your week!

  1. Clean Out Your Closet.
  2. Read a Book.
  3. Pull Out Some Board Games.
  4. Do a Puzzle.
  5. Start a Garden.
  6. Take a Bubble Bath.
  7. Make a List of All the Places you'd like to Go.
  8. Practice Yoga or Stretch.
  9. Floss your Teeth.
  10. Meditate.
  11. Make Birthday Cards in Advance.
  12. Moisturize.
  13. Draw a Self Portrait.
  14. Go for a Run or Walk.
  15. Nap.
  16. Find a Volunteer position.
  17. Make a Bucket List.
  18. Go to the Zoo.
  19. Make a Scrapbook
  20. Learn How to Juggle.
  21. Organize your Shoes.
  22. Make a Friendship Bracelet.
  23. Cook or Bake Something
  24. Make a Time Capsule with Things that are Important to you Right Now.

Not All Screen Time is Bad

But, when we give our phones zero restrictions to communicate with us throughout the day, it goes from a valuable tool to a total annoyance. Start by understanding your screen time and then look at some of the easy ways to decrease it and take back control over your time.

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Jenifer Kern

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Phone: 716-645-2976

Email: jckern@buffalo.edu