When you think of taking time to recharge your body, what comes to mind? Rest? Relaxation? Sleep? If you watch TV or use a tablet to relax, you might be surprised to learn that this doesn’t actually help your body and mind recharge.
So what can you do? Unplug! Here are 5 easy ways you and your family can unplug and recharge your body and mind.
Motivate your child to try a new game or sport
Replace one hour spent on the tablet with an hour of learning to play a new sport. Give your child the opportunity to run around and burn some energy to increase daytime energy and promote better sleep at the end of the day.
Make a fun snack as a family
Agree to put all the technology away, and work on making a healthy snack together. Your child will learn a new recipe, as well as develop relationship building skills and learn more about healthy relationships with food. Looking for a good recipe option? Try this free recipe for Rainbow Fruit Pizza.
Start a new book
Is it time to jazz up your child’s reading routine? Pick a new book, sit down, and read together aloud. Encouraging your child to read will also encourage them to use their imagination while enjoying quiet time.
Create a “Take a Break Basket”
Creating a take a break basket gives your kids the power to choose how they spend their quiet time. Is it puzzles, music, or watching clouds? Find out how to build your own “Take a Break Basket” here.
Writing and journaling encourages creativity and mindfulness. Give your kids a notebook of their own to create whatever they want. Maybe they’ll write a story, maybe they’ll keep a journal or draw. The only limit is their imagination!
Taking one hour out of your day to unplug doesn’t seem like much, but it will make a world of difference to your child. After all, an hour a day for a year adds up to 365 hours in a year! Think about how you can use that time!