10 Ways to Unplug and Take a Break When You Work Online.
1. Take a Walk
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. One of the most convenient ways to remove yourself from all-things-tech is to take yourself to a place where computers don’t exist. Get out of the house and go for a stroll around your neighborhood. Get lost on purpose so that you discover places and spaces that you never knew existed.
Want to be more outgoing? Take things a step further and introduce yourself to someone you meet during your walk. Striking up an in-person conversation will remind you that life isn’t all about computers and mobile devices.
2. Play at the Park
If you don’t like wandering and prefer a destination, head out to a park and bring the pets or kids and a lunch. Play frisbee, cornhole, or a simple game of catch. On the weekends, consider pitching a tent and camping out under the stars. Learn how to make a fire, roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, practice survival skills, and get reacquainted with the woods.
3. Join a Sports Club
Volleyball, dodgeball, and kickball – oh my! There’s a league for just about every sport these days – even ones you never knew were considered “sports.”What was your favorite activity from phys ed class? There’s probably a league for that. Check out your neighborhood organizations or eve restaurants and bars near you.
4. Chase After Your Pets
A friendly game of fetch and tug-of-war can help you decompress and remember what’s most important in life. Even in the winter, get outside and roll around with those cute, furry creatures. Teach them new tricks and introduce them to other neighborhood pets.
Pump some iron, practice yoga, or go on a moderate jog. If your job is notorious for cranking up your stress levels, consider lowering your energy with a slower activity, such as tai chi. If you feel yourself getting lazy or unmotivated, kick your energy into high gear with high-intensi
6. Read a Book
When’s the last time you read a book? An actual book – not on an e-reader or smartphone. Go to the library and check out a few titles you’ve been wanting to explore. Join a book club to keep pace and talk about plots and characters with other like-minded people.
7. Try a New Recipe
Cook yourself a fancy dinner or make a bunch of tapas. Practice making a few staple items so that you can bring delicious dishes to parties, family events, or school fundraisers. Do you prefer baking? Look up a few interesting dessert ideas and go nuts with the cookie cutters! Adopt an adventurous spirit and modify and combine recipes to uncovers new flavors and techniques.
8. Play an Instrument
Plato once said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Perhaps it’s time to live life to the fullest and pick up that dusty guitar.
If you don’t know how to play, take a few lessons and start strumming away. Who cares how bad it sounds? You don’t have to aim to be the next superstar artist, but the more you practice, the more confident you’ll feel.
9. Tackles Those Home Repairs
Clean the gutters, replace the air filter in the heater, snake the drains, and do all those other house repairs that you’ve been putting off. Create a master list of all the improvements and fixes you need to make, then estimate a cost and timeline to complete each. Next, schedule each task as you would your daily chores. Once all major tasks are complete, pat yourself on the back for a job well done and create an ongoing maintenance schedule to preserve your hard work.
Whenever you feel burned out at work and like your job or daily life lacks meaning or involvement in the greater good, volunteer your time to help a cause that aligns with your values. For example, volunteer at an animal shelter, hospital, elementary school, homeless shelter, or trash pick-up event. Consider stretching yourself and doing things you normally wouldn’t do on a daily basis. Since a lot of volunteer work involves manual labor, you’ll be far away from tech while helping to uplift someone else’s quality of life.