More than ever there’s a longing to go back to the basics, especially since the fatigue from staring at computer screens and cell phones all day is starting to set in. A OnePoll survey conducted on behalf of Foster Grant found that six out of 10 people are regularly dealing with screen-related headaches since the pandemic began. Perhaps, it’s time we all picked up new analog hobbies that don’t require WiFi or strained eyes. Instead of scrolling through Tik-Tok videos or binge watching the latest Netflix series during your spare time, this is the perfect moment to disconnect, and reconnect with the simpler things in life.
This year, we’re swapping out FaceTime calls for DIY notecards signed and sealed with the fanciest of pens and beautiful, collector-worthy stamps. We’re also abandoning our Instagram albums—just for a second—in exchange for old-school scrapbooks. Once the weather heats up, this will also be the perfect moment to start a little garden. Even if you don’t have the space that Dr. Jill Biden has (did you see that beautiful basket of fresh greens she sent to Michelle Obama from the White House?), you can still find unique ways to grow your own herbs and vegetables.
If an electronic break sounds like a dream come true to you right about now, then it’s time to peruse our list of simple pleasures, below. You’ll find everything you need to start a new analog hobby ahead.