April 29th marks the start of Screen-Free Week, a time when families and individuals across the nation are encouraged to put down their phones, turn off the TV, and simply unplug.

Far too often the screens of our smartphones, TV’s, laptops, tablets, and other personal devices serve as potent sources of stress that add disruption to our lives. Moreover, they can also distract us from what’s truly important – spending uninterrupted time with our family and friends.

However, at LARKR, we leverage the power of screens in a way that allows you to find your mental balance and restore your mental health. Our mission is to provide everyone with the ability to have direct access to a licensed mental health therapist at any time and from any location. The LARKR app also includes a variety of free tools and features, like our guided meditations that are designed to help you find peace of mind in this often-hectic world.

And while the ability to speak with your therapist face-to-face via a smartphone screen is at the forefront of our platform, we encourage everyone to participate in Screen-Free Week this year and try new activities that can also help improve your well-being.

With that said, here are 10 ways you can cut down on your screen time from April 29 to May 5. Are you up for the challenge?

Draw, Color, Sketch: Great for both kids and adults! Whether you like to draw, color, or sketch doodles, these three options are proven to be very therapeutic and offer a good way to break free from the clutch of our smart devices. Plus, there are plenty of adult coloring book options available that can help adults unwind and decompress.

Practice Yoga/Meditate: Yoga and meditation are two essential tools in the restoration of mental health. With these two options, adults and children can take the time to relax, open their minds, and connect with their bodies. Take a few days out of your Screen-Free Week and dedicate your time to yoga.

  1. Draw, Color, Sketch: Great for both kids and adults! Whether you like to draw, color, or sketch doodles, these three options are proven to be very therapeutic and offer a good way to break free from the clutch of our smart devices. Plus, there are plenty of adult coloring book options available that can help adults unwind and decompress.
  2. Practice Yoga/Meditate: Yoga and meditation are two essential tools in the restoration of mental health. With these two options, adults and children can take the time to relax, open their minds, and connect with their bodies. Take a few days out of your Screen-Free Week and dedicate your time to yoga.
  3. Read a Book: Cut down your screen time and open a good, old-fashioned book. Reading is known to increase brain stimulation (that’s right, reading can make you smarter), reduce stress, and improve your focus and concentration.
  4. Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Sometimes, there’s nothing more refreshing than breathing in some fresh air and soaking in the sun. Whether you hop on a bike, take a walk, or sit outside for a bit, these are all excellent options that will minimize your screen time and boost your mental health.
  5. Volunteer: Giving back to your community is not only beneficial for mental health, but it offers the perfect opportunity to take time away from your home. Find a charity or cause that has meaning to you, personally, and take part in their next local events.
  6. Take Longer Walks with Your Dog: Dog owners, there’s nothing more rewarding than one-on-one time with your favorite furry friend. Turn off the TV and take your pup out on a nice long walk. Do you have a local dog park by your home? If so, stop there for a little bit of extra play time.
  7. Get in a Workout: Daily exercise is good for both the body and mind. Try going for a run outside without your phone and just take in the environment around you.
  8. Have a Dinner Party: Plan a dinner party with your family and friends this week. Human interaction is the best kind of medicine that nourishes our mental health, and there’s no better way to do so than with a dinner party filled with good food and loved ones.
  9. Browse Through Family Albums: If you have old family albums that haven’t been touched in years, this is the week to open them up. Spending some time paging through these special albums and reminisce on old memories.
  10. Organize and Donate: This week, spend some time organizing your home and donating the things you no longer need to a local charity and thrift shop.

With these 10 activities, we hope that your Screen-Free Week just became a little easier. From April 29th to May 5th, take part in this important challenge and rediscover the joys of life!

Approximately 50 million Americans experience mental illness each year, but nearly 60% go untreated. Take a step to end the suffering by seeking help from the comfort of your own home.