If you’re starting to feel you’re spending too much time in front of the TV, surfing the internet or on social media, it might be time to give yourself a digital detox. Although none of us really want to live like a Victorian for weeks on end, halving the amount of time you spend staring at screens will not only reduce your energy bill, but studies suggest it can also improve your mental health and wellbeing.
So, what can you actually do in 2016 that’s both fun and electricity-free? Here are 10 ways to keep offline and entertained.
1. Read a book
Not picked up a book in a while? Take the time to get into the first few chapters of one of the latest bestsellers and you’ll forget all about that series on Netflix for a week.
2. Do a crossword
Test your brainpower by having a go at one of the newspaper’s puzzles every now and again.
3. Work out
Whether you’re feeling energetic enough to head out on a run or would rather just do a few squats in your living room, keeping active will keep you healthy both physically and mentally.
4. Redecorate a room
Bored of staring at the same four old walls? Mix things up a bit by adding a splash of colour, toning down bold shades or stencilling on a pattern.
5. Colour in
One of the latest crazes, adult colouring books are getting more and more popular, and you might even find it therapeutic.
6. Crack out the board games
Trivial pursuit, anyone? Board games don’t only have to be a Christmas novelty, making them a regular feature could certainly liven up your evenings!
7. Have an indoor picnic
If the UK weather is being its typical, rainy self, having an indoor picnic can be just as fun. Sandwiches, scotch eggs and sausage rolls without being bothered by wasps, what’s not to love?
8. Catch up with friends
Invite your mates round for a cup of tea and a good old natter. Or a few beers if you prefer.
9. Learn a musical instrument
Always wanted to be able to play the guitar? Use your free time to learn a new skill and get practising a musical instrument.
10. Go swimming
Get out the house, take the plunge and spend an afternoon enjoying a good swim.
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If you’re after a few more energy saving tricks, check out our 10 easy ways to save on your energy bill.