We all long for the weekend or our hectic busy day to come to an end, but all too often we end up wasting our free-time. Too tired, too little money and a lack of motivation, can see some us using our free time wastefully. Of course, we all need down time. Days spent watching tv in our pajamas, playing with the kids, and catching up on some cooking. But we can all be guilty of not doing enough. Using our free time more advantageously could make us more successfully, happier, and more fulfilled. Here are some suggestions for how to fill those hours meaningfully. They range from quick and easy changes to big lifestyle changes that will need some commitment, but all have huge benefits…
If you’re really tired after a long day at work, you can still curl up on the sofa, just read a book rather than watch tv. Reading helps us to become more literate, empathetic, and open-minded. It can educate, inspire, and motivate us. A new character, worlds, and ideas all help to broaden our minds. The best bit is we don’t even realize it’s happening! Despite all the perks, reading a book is purely about a sense of enjoyment, you don’t realize that you’re vocabulary, comprehension, and communication is all improving as you do.
This doesn’t just relate to long wordy classics either. There is no right or wrong book to read. Long, short, fiction, non-fiction, just read something!
It can be tough to push ourselves to exercise in our free time. Especially if exercise feels like a chore to you. The benefits of exercise are so great that it makes sense to push ourselves, even in our free time. It’s a great way to de-stress, build muscle and lose weight. Coupled with a good diet, exercise can help to clear up our skin, cheer us up, and give us a better outlook on life.
You don’t have to exercise on you’re on, and it doesn’t have to be boring. Take your kids for a kick around at the local park or play tennis with a friend. Any kind of activity can be turned into an exercise. If dancing is your hobby, start taking some classes. Not necessarily to become a pro, but just to fit some exercise and socializing into your spare time.
Perhaps your kids have left home, or you’re a stay at home mum, whatever the circumstances, some of us have ample free time and aren’t sure what to do with it. Volunteering, or even finding a job, is a great way to fill your time and make a difference. Whether it’s applying for a job in a nursing home or picking up litter, there are so many ways to get involved with the local and wider community. There are currently jobs in Aberdeen nursing homes, and there are always volunteer-run projects to clean up local areas. You could be making a big difference with your spare time, just get involved.
Family and Friends
It’s important to make time for what matters most in life, and that’s our loved ones. Everyone has a busy week and can make excuses for why they’re not up to meeting up, but push yourself to make it happen. Your job really isn’t everything. If it impacts on the amount of quality time you spend with your family, address that problem. It can be as laid-back as a catch-up and a coffee, or a day out with your family, just make time for those who matter.
You don’t ever want to get to the stage in life where you regret not spending more time with friends and family. After all, who will you have to share in your successes and commiserate with your failures if you don’t make time for these people?
If you really are too tired to socialize, read, or even concentrate when it hits Friday, take some time to meditate. Sometimes we all burnout. The pressure and responsibilities we face at work and home can be tough. It’s not always easy to put on a happy motivated face when we’re feeling drained. It’s okay to feel this way, and if you do, you need some ‘me’ time.
Run a warm bath and have a relaxing soak. Make sure you let your family know it’s your time to relax, and you don’t want to be disturbed. Listen to some music or read a magazine, whatever helps you to unwind. Once you’ve des-stressed a little put aside some time for quiet meditation. This can be as simple as focussing on your deep breathing for a few minutes. Or you can take the opportunity to set some goals, assess the day, and let go of any negative feelings and start anew.
Make sure you’re leisure activities are subtly improving you. Your leisure activities could include something crafty like painting or sculpting, even blogging is a great way to spend your spare time. Alternatively, take up a sport and join a club. This is a fun way to socialize, get fit, and improve your social skills. If you want to do something more educational take up a course in something you’ve always been interested in or challenge yourself to learn a new language.