Diagnosis: Excess of 5 hours of screen time, working on a book critique presentation at school, on a SUNDAY, and not enough outdoor time.
Prescription (Rx): A little walk around the Edmonton river valley, which is literally right behind the University of Alberta where I attend school!
The slow walk is my new run. I don’t know why but right now I just want to be outdoors walking around. It might be because the weather is honestly PERFECT for that right now. It is crisp and chilly but if you’re dressed right it is amazing. It might be because I spend my days at school on the computer, at work on the computer, and at home on the computer and sometimes I get fed up with the amount of screen time that has become somewhat required for education and my job. It might be because I like the zoning out of the walk. I can just be outside with my thoughts and I get a lot sorted out in my head, whether it’s about writing my thesis or about what I’m making for breakfast the next morning, peaceful space to think is a wonder.
In addition to my new love of just simply walking (and pretending I’m in the mountains hiking), I am loving overnight oats for breakfast. I really love hot oats but chilled overnight oats are my jam right now. You can add so many different things to them! Yesterday’s choice was raspberries, peanut butter, and raisins.
While I can’t go on three hour walks every day like I want to, even just getting outside for 10 minutes is so refreshing. When I spend too much time on the computer and just being inside I start to crave the fresh air, which just reminds me how much we are missing when we spend time indoors. I go to school every day and never walk in behind the University and down to the river valley but I think I need to do it more!
What is your prescription for excess screen time?
Do you take breaks from the screen every X number of minutes?
Overnight oats -> what do you add?