As we are in the grip of a pandemic, more of us are working from home and generally spending extra time indoors due to the current restrictions.
If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs while pondering what to do in your free time at home, here are ten things you can do for both personal growth and amusement.
1. Focus on Your Goals
When was the last time you really thought about what you want your life to look like?
If it’s been a while, now is the time to take stock. Granted, there is a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment, but this pandemic shall pass, eventually.
So in the meantime devote some of your free time to set out some goals for yourself.
Write down all the things that you want to achieve in your life.
It doesn’t matter how big or small. Just write freely and let it all flow out of you.
Don’t worry about using the ‘correct’ words or grammar. That will only stall your focus.
Once you have finished writing down all your goals, read through them, and arrange them in order of priority.
Then for the next fifteen minutes focus on your top five goals.
Think deeply about how you can attain them. And write down some actionable steps that you can take over the coming days or weeks that will get you closer to achieving your targets.
Then, over the next few weeks repeat this process as you work your way down the list.
2. Read a Good Book
How many times have bought a book with the intention of reading it cover to cover, only to find it still sitting on the bookshelf three years later?
Well, now is a good time to pick it up, wipe off the dust, and immerse yourself in the title that struck a chord with you when you purchased it.
3. Pamper Yourself
Use your free time to give yourself some loving.
What makes you feel good?
This will of course vary from person to person, but here are some suggestions:
- Have a warm bubble bath
- Use a foot spa
- Give yourself a facial
- Give yourself a manicure and/or pedicure
- Listen to relaxing music
- Light candles
- Wear comfy clothes
- Watch a movie and eat your favorite snack
- Buy a gift for yourself
- Enjoy some other treat
Be sure to make pampering yourself a priority.
It’ll help you to feel a bit more relaxed about the stresses and strains of everyday life.
4. Learn Something New
Perhaps you’ve been thinking about learning a new skill or opting for a career change.
This pandemic is making a lot of people rethink their careers and lives in general.
Well, the good news is there are some free courses out there which can help you to learn new skills that could help with a career change.
For instance, Harvard University offers a number of free courses online, and if you live in England there is a free course that could get you a qualification in Adult Social Care.
You may as well put your free time to use and broaden your horizons.
There are different ways that can put you into a relaxed state.
Some people prefer meditation and find it helps to calm their mind and feel a sense of inner peace.
Others may find breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques useful.
Creative pursuits are also effective because you get to focus your mind on an activity that allows you to express yourself.
It’s really whatever works for you and what you feel comfortable doing.
6. Indulge in a Hobby
Do you have any hobbies that you could do in the house or garden?
If so, set aside time to enjoy a hobby.
If it’s been awhile or you’ve never really found a hobby that’s right for you, you could try some new activities and see how you get on with them.
Here are some suggestions:
- Learn a language
7. Nurture Your Relationships
During this pandemic, many people feel isolated because of the current restrictions, especially those who live alone.
However, regular catch-ups with your nearest and dearest can lift your mood and help you and them to feel connected.
So, be sure to factor in some time each week to communicate with the important people in your life.
You could arrange a time to talk on the phone or chat on social media.
8. Find Your Side Hustle
If you’re fond of the idea of earning a side income, you could use this free time to focus on a money-making strategy.
If you’re not sure where to start with this, you could make a list of all your skills to identify the best options for you.
For instance, if you enjoy social media and are a dab hand at creating posts and getting likes, you could manage social media accounts for small businesses in return for a fee.
Or you may want to start a business selling products on Amazon or eBay. Another side hustle you might want to consider is teaching English to foreign students online.
If you have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, it’s fairly easy to get started.
These are just a few examples of the options available.
There are lots of opportunities online. All you need is a decent broadband connection and you’re good to go.
Exercise is great for keeping your body and mind healthy.
Research shows that exercise can be as effective as taking antidepressants, and it’s known to reduce stress levels.
So, it’s well worth doing some exercise, even if it’s going for walk or riding your bike.
If, on the other hand, you’d rather stay indoors, you can access online workouts to do from the comfort of your lounge.
Cookery programs are inspirational and one of the main reasons why most of us don’t have a go at cooking from scratch is due to lack of time.
Well, now that you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, you could try and make some of the recipes that have appealed to you in the past.
Time is the most valuable commodity.
If you do activities that promote self-improvement, well-being, and amusement you’ll feel like it’s time well spent.