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How to reduce screen time and screen usage

The generation before us was the generation that lived, they didn’t have the cellphones and tablets and Televisions. The device that has consumed our lives. It’s time to wake up and realize that we need to reduce screen time.

In the early 60s, Television had just arrived into the houses of the people and was new when our parents were growing up. They had never been consumed by their devices, they only had books to read and each other to interact with. They spent their precious time engaging with each other and running in the yard or playing board games with family. That allows for free-flowing interaction and laughter.

Our generation doesn’t know that feeling, we all have our devices. We cannot live without our devices. We scroll through Facebook while announcing to everyone that we are bored.

Thinking is good:

An incident shook me a couple of days ago. My dad sat on the sofa sitting doing nothing just thinking to himself. With the Television switched off and looking down at the carpet. He wasn’t using any screen and I got worried, I asked him a million times “are you okay?”.

Despite him telling me that everything is okay, I wasn’t satisfied with the answer so instead. I kept badgering him until he said “I’m just thinking about things, it’s important to think and plan for things”. And I still remember this cause his sentence has provoked a thought process in my mind. Why can’t we sit idle and think?

How to reduce screen time and phone usage:

Or why don’t spend one breathing moment interacting with others? In order to control my obsession with the devices, here’s what I do to avoid using my devices, or screen.

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Live under the sun and reduce screen time

Sit outside and get some vitamin D

Sitting outside to soak some sun is very important for your body as it provides you with Vitamin D. It’s good for your joints and body to get some natural air into your system. As we live in our air-conditioned houses that sucks up the humidity from the air and leaves it dry.

Making our skin go dry and wrinkly as well. So grab a cup of tea and settle down on a nice lounger to relax under the sun.

30 Minute Meditation

Work Out, no not your body, your mind. Flex some muscles in your head by meditating for 30 minutes, and understanding yourself. Relax your mind by letting go of the pressures of the world, and experience the calmness taking over you.

It generally takes a while to learn how to meditate properly, to get started on the journey. These are applications that I have used and they have really made an excellent impact on me. Andrew Johnson’s Relax Meditation app, Free Your Mind Hypnosis. If you can try buying the subscription of Headspace then that’s the best one out there. I’ve written a post on meditation click here to read it.

Brisk Walk for 45 minutes

I’ve been treating brisk walk as an exercise ever for almost 20 years now. I would walk for an hour inside our house, from the front porch to the back porch.

After losing my mom, I thought I would not be able to do it again. However, one day I picked up a tasbeeh and that’s how I’ve gotten back into brisk walking. It helps keep your metabolism up. While you get to take in some fresh air and get the heartbeat going, it’s excellent cardio.

Read a book

Find yourself a good book that you enjoy reading that can hold your attention span for a while. It can be a slow one then get yourself two books that you read both sides by side. Choose another one if you have difficulty continue reading a particular book. If it’s hard to build the habit of reading try clocking it. Set timers to minimize distractions, and maintain the momentum of reading for 30 minutes straight. Check out some latest books at liberty books by clicking here! 

Cooking a meal

Take out time to cook, either for yourself or for someone else. However, while you are in the kitchen leave your cell phone behind. No phones in the kitchen rule, we have that in our house and it works. It’s a continuous distraction and you keep thinking about checking your phone. It got worse for me, I actually started balancing work with one hand while holding my phone in the other. This is the worst thing to do while you are in the kitchen. Now focus on the sole task of cooking when i go inside kitchen leaving my hone behind.

Clean up

Cleaning up can be an excellent exercise when you want to move away from devices. Simply put your device away and start cleaning up from the biggest room to the smallest one. Slowly make sure everything is in order by the time you are done. Make the beds, tidy up the house, a quick blitz to make sure everything is in its right place.


For doodling just pick up a paper n’ pencil and doodle. Draw something or write something, make a list of things you intend to do or sketch, or anything at all.

Reducing screen time:

Hopefully, this article helps you understand and plan strategies to reduce screen time and become more efficient. Most of these techniques help me reduce my screen time and perform each work with proper concentration. Share your feedback down below and let me know what do you do to avoid using screens?

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