20 electronic-free ways to unwind

Last week was a bit of a doozy. Monday morning rolled around and just as I was ready to dive into a productive day of work, I was greeted with a minor hiccup: my MacBook screen was filled strings of funny looking characters that were ironically providing me with very little humor. After an unsuccessful hour of troubleshooting, I threw in the towel and headed to the bar – the Genius Bar – and so began my 36 computerless hours.

It was hard not to consider the copious amount of emails building in my inbox, or half finished documents floating somewhere in cyberspace, but I tried to be optimistic about this software snafu. So I made a mental list of tech-free to-dos. Sure enough, when Wednesday rolled around and I was greeted with a fully functioning laptop, I was just the slightest bit disappointed. Just 36 hours unplugged and I already felt refreshed, even inspired, by extra time in the sun, a fresh set of polish on my fingers and loads of farmers market fruit stocked in my fridge.

Needless to say, I did get back onboard with my daily responsibilities. However, I’m here today to share a few agenda items I came up with in an effort to create your own stint of electronic-free R+R:

  1. Treat yourself to an at-home manicure
  2. Listen to a motivating podcast
  3. Bake fall-inspired treats
  4. Enjoy a magazine complete with a candle + cozy throw
  5. Take-in the fall colors strolling local neighborhoods
  6. Indulge in a hydrating facemask
  7. Attend a candlelit yoga class
  8. Read a favorite book at quaint coffee shop
  9. Write “just because” letters to faraway friends
  10. Peruse a local farmers market
  11. Sip a new selection of wines
  12. Relax in a tub stocked high with bubbles
  13. Assemble small bouquets of flowers to embellish the home
  14. Complete a page in an adult coloring book
  15. Knit a chunky scarf for the cooler months ahead
  16. Organize your closet
  17. Sample soothing scents at a boutique apothecary
  18. Indulge in a professional massage
  19. Seek out a new favorite view of your city
  20. Visit an art museum

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