After looking at Kate Nash‘s blog, Ella realised she had something equally crucial to say. This is Ella’s own beautiful and brilliant blog entry. Read it and be inspired to go outside OR to do something great OR to send your own important message out into the world. Just remember to write Ella a thank you letter when you’re done x

Disconnect from the Wired World

In this lockdown, it’s hard to find things to do other than staring at a screen all day. It’s raining outside, and you can’t see your friends so you result in scrolling on social media and watching lots of television. Occasionally, you might even go to pick up a book but end up getting distracted on your phone two pages in. It’s difficult to take a break from screen time. It’s difficult to escape boredom when we are all stuck inside. It’s difficult to try to be motivated when right now, there is not much that we can do. Nonetheless, here are some things that you can do to give your tired eyes a rest from those screens.

Exercise. As tiring as it may sound working out has loads of benefits. John Wooden said that one “shouldn’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” You could go on a walk, or cycle or do some skipping. Whatever it is, working out is great. Not only does it have many physical benefits, but loads of mental positives too. It can help with relaxation and happiness. Don’t forget to reward yourself afterwards too!

Additionally, you could journal, call a friend or family member, read or bake. All of these things will get you off of your phone for a bit and after a while, you may start to see some changes in yourself. You start to have more time to try out new hobbies and you might even develop a new interest. You will stop obsessing over the past and start living in the moment and appreciate the little things in life.

So, put down your phone, your laptop and switch off the television and start with something small. Go on a quick walk or call a friend. Try setting a personal goal each day to limit your screen time for a certain amount of time. Equally, remember not to be too hard on yourself. Start small and build up over time. Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said: “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Here’s our Kate Nash lesson.

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