After a long day at work or running around after the kids, it’s tempting just to flop in front of the TV. Here’s how to get some downtime away from screens and make the most of your evenings.

Man using TV remote control while eating

Nothing says down time like a session on the sofa in front of your favourite show or mindlessly scrolling through Instagram as a way to unwind. More and more we’re even finding ourselves double or triple screening. Think sitting infront of the tv with one eye on your laptop and the other on your insta feed.

Studies show that the blue light emitted by our various devices can cause eye strain, mess with our sleep-wake cycles, cause weight gain, increase risk of depression and even heart disease. Yikes.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered some great ways to spend a relaxing evening in that don’t involve staring at a screen for hours on end.

Play a game

It might sound positively archaic in this day and age but reverting to a good old-fashioned board game can provide hours of entertainment. Looking for some alone time? Why not try a puzzle? A great way to occupy your mind, no screens required.

Read a book

The perfect way to unwind without any blue light interference; the 'old-fashioned' way. There is nothing more absorbing than a plot that grabs you, so pick up a bestseller and get stuck in.

Pamper yourself

Save yourself some dollars and create a spa experience in your own home. Light a few candles, run a bath, stick on a sheet mask and unwind.

Try a new recipe

Getting in the kitchen is a great way to get away from screens and boost your creativity at the same time. Why not crack out a recipe book that’s been gathering dust on the shelf? You could even prep yourself something delicious and healthy for lunch the next day.

Get outside

Weather permitting, spending an evening in the garden or your local park is a great way to get some fresh air into your lungs and blow the cobwebs of the day away.

Listen to music

With so much distraction from our devices, it’s easy to forget the simple pleasure of kicking back and listening to your favourite tunes.

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