God knows we’ve all been indulging in a massive amount of screen time over the last year and a half or so, so what a perfect time, then, to celebrate Screen-Free Week!
Screen Free Week is an annual event which campaigns to have screens turned off and life turned on. Blue light is what gets emitted from screens, and too much of it can damage our eyes, which is why this annual event – supported by over 300 million people worldwide, and with millions of people joining in each year – has been going strong since 1994. Reading, daydreaming, exploring, enjoying nature, and spending time with family and friends are all activities encouraged by screen free week. In 1994, the week was first championed by TV-Free America, which then became the centre for SCREEN-TIME Awareness. Since 2010, the name has officially been Screen Free Week.
From 3rd May until 9th May is Screen Free Week this year, consuming the first week of May. The objective of the week is to create as much opportunity as possible to reflect on our relationships with our electronic devices, put them down, and enjoy all things natural and social.
Here are some of our most unique and thoughtful ideas to include in your Screen Free Week:
Write a letter to an elderly family member.
Lay a blanket out in your backyard and stargaze.
Read aloud to your kids, even if they think they’re too old for it.
Recreate your favourite restaurant meal at home.
Make your own postcards and mail them to far flung friends.
Make a flower bouquet from your own garden, even if it’s mostly greenery.
Go for a long hike.
Visit with an older family member and learn what they did instead of watching TV.
Go on a picnic, and make all the food yourself from scratch.
Call a friend who’s going through hard times to let them know that you’re thinking of them.
Go find a local body of water. A river, pond or ocean will restore your spirits.
Write a short story from start to finish.
Challenge your kids to create their own board games, and then be willing to play the games.
Take a nature walk in your own neighbourhood and take close up photos of the plants and flowers.
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