No judgment here, we all do it. You’re mindlessly scrolling through your phone, refreshing your feed for the hundredth time today. But what if there were fun things to do on your phone that was actually productive?
It may sound like an oxymoron, but we promise it’s possible. From learning a new skill to staying organized, there are fun and productive things you can do when you’re free on your phone.
To promote balance throughout your day offering you some self-nurturing activities that promote self-care is important. And these fun things to do on your phone will not only make you feel good but also help stick to your goal of not getting bored and engaging in mindless activities.
Read on for 16 fun things to do on your phone that are actually engaging and also cover some of the pillars of self-care you may be familiar with.
Physical Self-Care Activities
Download A Workout App
and commit to working out for x amount of minutes each day. Once you’ve downloaded the apps, another great idea is to spend time planning which workouts you’ll do during the week on your google calendar. K Jay wrote about some move reminder apps that feature some workouts that would be great for physical self-care ideas.
Make A Grocery Shopping List.
Open up the note section of your phone and create a grocery list. Or better yet, download the store app and make a list that way! This will save you time and money you save when you’re at the store and make your grocery shopping experience more efficient.
Set Your Sleep And Wake Up Alarms
For many of us, we are owners of an Apple or Android phone so when thinking of things to do on your smartphone, setting your alarms is an important task! This will help you get into a better sleep routine and establish a regular sleep schedule. Set it for every day of the week and you’re good to go!
Set A Reminder To Drink Water
There are apps for this very purpose but you can create a reminder on your phone without even downloading anything! Set a reminder for every hour or two to drink water. Not only will this improve your health but it will also give you something to do when you see the notification go off.
Emotional Self Care Ideas
Schedule A Teletherapy Appointment With Your Therapist
This is a great way to get the emotional support you need without having to leave your house. I absolutely love how flexible it’s become to schedule something like a therapy appointment.
Create A Gratitude List
Whenever you’re feeling down, open up the notes app on your phone and write down things you’re grateful for. This will help shift your focus from negative to positive thoughts.
Make A List Of Books You Want To Read
This is something fun to do on your phone that’s productive AND will benefit you in the long run! When you have some downtime, instead of scrolling through social media, add books to your reading list that you want to purchase. I do this all of the time on Audible.
Make A Vision Board On Pinterest
I covered this in my vision board post but you can easily make a vision board on your phone using the Pinterest app. This is a fun way to get creative and also visualize what you want in your life. You can create a board for your short-term and long-term goals.
Social Self-Care Examples
This could be your mom or dad, a close friend, or even a family member you haven’t talked to in a while. Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t reach out to our loved ones.
Facetime A Friend
This is another great way to stay connected with your friends and family whenever you’re free. You can even have fun Facetiming your friends and playing games together like you would if you were hanging out in person. Might I add, this is a great way to do a little self-care check-in with each other.
Host A Book Club Meeting
If you and your friends are looking for something fun to do, why not start a book club and host the meetings over Facetime or Zoom? This would take a little planning to do but start with creating a Facebook group and sending invites to people who love reading books just as much as you do. You can discuss the book you’re reading and catch up with one another at the same time.
Send A Photo To Your Friends
Do you know how Google sends you those photos from a “year ago”? Well, you can do that too! Send fun photos to your friends from when you’ve taken trips together or simply just to make them laugh.
Spiritual Self Care Ideas
Purchase Some Meditation Gifts For Yourself
Some of the most impactful spiritual self-care forms are also deemed radical self-care. Meditation gifts could be anything from a yoga mat to essential oils. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on this but it’s fun to treat yourself every once in a while, especially if it’s something that will help you with your meditation practice.
Read An Affirmation Book
Today, you can find plenty of affirmation e-books online, including the one I wrote titled, Sis, Be At Ease. An affirmation book is a fun way to get into the habit of reading positive statements that will help improve your mood and mindset.
Follow A Guided Meditation
If you’re just getting started with meditation, I highly recommend following a guided meditation. This is where you listen to someone’s voice guiding you through meditation. It’s much easier than trying to do it on your own and you can find tons of free ones online or on YouTube.
Listen To A Wellness Podcast Episode
I consider this a physical mental and emotional self-care activity because you’re filling your mind with positive and uplifting content. There are so many great wellness podcasts out there but some of my favorites include, Balanced Black Girl and Food Heaven.
What To Do When Bored On Your Phone
You may not even realize that you’re scrolling through your phone when you’re bored because it’s become such a mindless habit. How you do one thing is how you do everything so, if you want to be productive, make sure your phone is helping you and not hindering you.
But the next time you find yourself mindlessly scrolling, try one of these radical self-care ideas to engage with on your phone instead.