Meenakshi Ravichandran, a doctoral student in Switzerland (Yes, I know what you are thinking. And yes she is ‘studying’ in Swiss!) , a nature and adventure lover, an ardent traveler and most importantly a fiercely independent woman. My best friend, sister-like, confidante and someone whom I have most fun with. When I announced the screen-free challenge last week, she was telling me about her solo-hike experience. So what better than that to start off this series 🙂 Here you go, in her own words.
While I do love watching TV, catching up with latest news or even shopping online I find it essential to not be “always-on” atleast for a couple of hours a week to maintain my sanity :P. Some of my most enjoyable ways to be screen free is usually to workout (read aerobics/running/swimming/cycling).
Being an outdoor person and living in an alpine paradise, I love hiking in the mountains. I find peace amidst the pristine beauty of nature, magnificence of the mountains and freshness of the forest air. Besides offering considerable physical challenge to climb steep uphill, it is also a very enjoyable activity to connect with people.
The mobile signals are usually pretty weak in high altitudes and curbs your need to insta-upload/update your life.- Meenakshi
I find it to be a perfect balance of interaction and activity unlike watching a movie or catching up for a cup of coffee. It is possible almost all seasons, all age groups and for all levels of physical fitness. I recently discovered that is also fun to go solo! Above all it is anything but boring and perfect way to be screen free!
So that’s my start to the Screen-free Challenge! What do you do to stay away from your screens for atleast few hours every week? Pingback ‘Screen-free Challenge‘ or write to me firstname.lastname@example.org or message on my Facebook page to be featured on this blog.
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