5 Ways to Create Analog Downtime At Home

With or without a state-mandated quarantine, it can be tempting to spend copious amounts of time in front of a screen. From binge watching Netflix, to scrolling through way too much IG content, we’re all a little guilty of having a minor (or major) screen addiction.  

But spending too much time in front of the screen can have adverse effects on your mood, energy, and circadian rhythm. So to help break the endless screen cycle, we’ve put together a list of our favorite ways to hang out at home – sans screen. 

Girl, Put Your Records On

1. Play A Record

A quality record player might be the most underrated objets of modern times. What most people don’t realize is that artists will often release vinyl records along with new albums – meaning your collection doesn’t have to consist exclusively of oldies. You can start your own curated collection of vinyl at any time.

So pick out your favorite album, make yourself an ashwaghanda spiked mocktail, and put your favorite record on. 

Check, Mate. 

2. Play a Board Game

There’s a reason why classic board games and puzzles have lasted the test of time. They provide just the right amount of mental engagement and can be played with your favorite people. Companies like Jonathan Adler make beautiful backgammon boards, that also double as art. For cool (non-fusty) puzzles, check out Piecework Puzzles.

All that’s left is to grab your favorite floor pillow, your loved one(s), and treat yourself to this classic pastime.

Grab your Easel. 

3. Paint Your Used Wine Bottles

Got a few empty wine or tequila bottles lying around the house? Take off the labels and grab your paintbrush and easel. Painting old bottles of wine has been one of our favorite pastimes during quarantine. Not only are you making good use of old bottles, it’s also a relaxing creative outlet (and much less intimidating than painting on a blank canvas). If you mess up, just recycle the bottle and start over with a new one.

Learn A New Art.

4. Practice Ikebana

Ikebana, Japanese for “arranging flowers”, is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Also known as Kadō or the “way of flowers”, this traditional art dates back hundreds of years. Influenced heavily by buddhist philosophy, Ikebana is a heavily studied and disciplined art form where the concepts of nature and humanity are interwoven. With an emphasis on the placement of stems and leaves, Ikebana puts emphasis on shape, line, and form.  Another common element present in ikebana is minimalism. Thus, some arrangements consist only of a minimal number of blooms placed carefully among stalks and leaves.

To learn more about ikebana, check out The Art of Arranging Flowers: A Complete Guide to Japanese Ikebana by Shozo Sato.

Explore New Terrain

5. Pick Up A New Read

How do you experience something new without ever leaving the couch? Books, baby.

Books can lead you through novel experiences,  help you gain a fresh perspective, or allow you to walk in someone else’s shoes. Whether it’s a riveting novel, a revealing autobiography, or an empowering manifesto, books can give you the keys to a new realm or a new way of thinking. All while providing much needed time away from your screen.  

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