Last weekend my 8th grade orchestra had their biggest performance of the year. They competed in a festival with four judges, three pieces to perform, and a sight-reading element. It was exhilarating and a little nerve-wracking. They did a wonderful job and ended up getting straight 1s, the highest score possible from all four of the judges. I’m a proud orchestra teacher.
While all of this was happening, I found myself craving relaxation. My husband and I probably watched 4+ movies in the past few days, aka Extreme Screen Time. We all know it somewhere in the back of our minds; EST (extreme screen time) is great in the moment but can leave us empty and more tired than before.
Today I challenged myself to a “no tv screen night”.
Instead of watching a movie or another million episodes of Arrested Development I cleaned the kitchen, talked to a friend on the phone, and attempted to draw with watercolors. The satisfaction and relaxation I feel compared to the mind-numbing movie nights lull is pretty remarkable.
Maybe I’ll try one no-tv-screen night per week.
How do you relax? Do you like to watch TV? Are you a reader? an arts & craft-er?