“When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles”
With the circuit breaker continuing till 1st June, you may be tempted to binge watch a new show or try to finish that hard level on your favourite game, but the unprecedented global shut down is the perfect time to shake things up a bit and finish those “one day when I have time” tasks.
The eight ideas below will save you from spending another day endlessly scrolling through social media and help you to spend your free time on something enjoyable and productive.
Read a book
That book gathering dust on your book shelf that you have been waiting to pick up is now in reach. The smell of the paper, the sound of the page as it flips over to a reveal more thrills and spills, it all beckons to you. Not to mention the positive effects of reading a book such as improved concentration, relaxation and expanding your horizons.
De-Clutter & Organise
Definitely a candidate for being put off. If left unchecked, we can accumulate a lot of excess baggage so to speak. Piles of clothes, shoes and boxes full of all sorts of things are lurking behind those tall doors in your bedroom. Why not sort it out? Ditching those items you haven’t used in years and organising your wardrobe will allow you to easily browse and select your outfit for the day. Not to mention, focusing on the present rather than being weighed down by the past is good for the soul.
Tip: Aim to create a minimalist wardrobe by keeping (and buying) only everyday essential clothing items.
Need a pick me up to help lift your spirits? Why not treat yourself to a home manicure, facial or even a haircut if you are brave enough. More often than not, it’s the little things in life that make us feel better and taking time for yourself will definitely help lift your mood.
Grow some plants
Show some love to your existing plants by repotting or pruning them as necessary. If you don’t have any and are wondering where to get them from, Fairprice online have a reasonable selection that you can browse while putting your next grocery order together. A home garden is always there to enjoy or potter around in and can be a great form of relaxation.
Dust off those old board games & puzzles
If you are fortunate enough to be living with family members or flatmates, why not give your eyes a well earned break by spending an afternoon playing old classics board games like Monopoly and Scrabble or you may wish to tackle a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Whatever you chose, it will collectively lift the spirits of everyone at home and who knows, it may be a new family bonding exercise.
Train your brain
Looking to challenge your grey matter in a fun way? You may want to consider strategy games like sudoku, crosswords, chess or even the humble connect four. It doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you try your best to complete each game to the best of your ability. Bit by bit you will improve your skills and seek out new levels to master. If you prefer a higher level of training, there are numerous apps like Elevate and Lumosity that are designed to improve your memory, focus and math skills, but you will need to make in app purchases to gain full access.
Preserve Family Photos
Lucky enough to have some old family print photos? now may be a good time to see that they are properly cared for to ensure they can be enjoyed and cherished for many generations to come. These old print photos are susceptible to water damage, accidental tears and possible loss in fires or floods. By scanning them you will be able to save them digitally and also share them around with your family who may not have seen these picture before. You will be preserving the memory of your loved ones and making sure they are never forgotten.
Take the time to tackle some interior improvements – You can repaint one of your rooms, hang some pictures up or rearrange the furniture to create a new look home. Whatever you choose to do, please stick to your skill level and remember health and safety at all times!