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Between writing blog posts, researching topics, planning out social media, doing housework and running errands, it feels like I have no free time. My husband actually needs to tell me sometimes to CHILL and unwind, and helps me keep my phone down once in a while. When I’m not constantly on my phone, I like to make the most of the small amount of free time I do have.
I’m not always in the mood to unwind in the same ways every time. Sometimes I like to go for a run and just get out of the apartment, while others I just want to cozy up on the bed with a good book or do a few pages of a word search.
It’s not easy to come up with ideas though. I think that’s why most of the time, I get more enjoyment out of working than taking time for myself. I just have no idea what to do and get bored so easily! Then it’s back to work.
So, if you’re anything like me in that way, and just need some inspiration on what you can do when you’re bored out of your mind but know you need to take some chill time after working hard all day, take a look at this list! I hope it helps you out.
1. Organize Your Room
I love the feeling of having a clean, organized room. It seems like some days, our bedroom has an automatic “get messy” cycle the day after we get everything spotless. I think the problem with those times is that we don’t bother to properly organize our things. And we don’t stay consistent with our organization. We just let things pile back up and cover our floor again.
But when we do organize, we feel SO much better. Everything just feels lighter and more free! Check around on Pinterest for some organizing tips. It’ll get you excited to get your room looking clean and cute!
For some ideas, here are a few awesome bloggers that share their tips!
2. Make a Bucket List
I’ve made quite a few bucket lists before, and most of the time I don’t end up crossing all of them off. But even the process of dreaming big and setting goals of things you’d love to achieve in your lifetime can be exciting in itself! So don’t be afraid to dream as far as your mind and vision can take you! If you end up crossing them all of in the end, that’s a huge BONUS! Who knows you may even find a new passion through writing down your ideas.
3. Watch a Funny Movie
Usually I have to be in a certain mood to watch a drama or romance movie. But I find that I can pop on a comedy at any time and feel great at the end of it. Laughing releases endorphins, the “happy chemicals” in our brains, and who doesn’t want to be happy? So, put on something that’s going to not just make you chuckle, but I mean full on slapping the knee, can- -barely-breathe laugh. You’ll be so glad you did.
if you’re looking for some family friendly movies that will give you a good laugh, there are some really great ones on Pure Flix! It is a site that makes sure to have only family-friendly movies that you never have to feel uncomfortable watching. They’ve got thousands of options to choose from! If you’re interested, and would like to do a free month trial, check it out here.
4. Declutter Your Closet
Ladies, most of us have more clothes than we even realize. Our closets are jam packed with tops we can’t match with anything and wonder why we even bought them in the first place, and jeans that don’t fit us right anymore, but we’re hoping that one day they will again so in the meantime they get shoved to the back of the closet it be forgotten another few years.
Basically, use the Marie Kondo method of cleaning. If it you look at it and it doesn’t give you a happy feeling, get rid of it! When you enter your closet, let it be that you have all of these amazing outfits and don’t know which one to choose from, rather than feeling like you have nothing and need to buy even more!
5. Go For a Walk/Run
When I’ve been couped up in the apartment for a bit too long for my liking, the first thing I do is get dressed and go outside. Sometimes, I’ll just drive around and listen to worship music, thanking God for all the ways He’s blessed my husband and I. But then other times, I have so much built up energy that I NEED to go burn it off.
That’s where I’ll go to the nearby park and take a walk around in nature on the trails. Not only is it great to get some sun and fresh air, but it can help clear your mind of any stress from the day and help you sleep better later on!
6. Journal About Your Day
I love to write. As a blogger, I get to write about the experiences I have that may be able to encourage someone else, or give advice on things I have learned about myself. Which I absolutely LOVE.
But journaling, at least in my case, can be extremely therapeutic in a whole other sense. It can become your “brain dump” place to just put every one of your thoughts on to paper and get it off of your mind. As a blogger, I need to be a bit more strategic with my material, so I don’t have that opportunity. So journaling can help incredibly with your mental and emotional well-being.
If you don’t like to physically write things out, use your laptop or tablet, or even just speak out your thoughts into a recorder. Or, a lot of times I speak my thoughts out to God in prayer. I give them over to Him and trust Him with it and end up feeling so much better in the end.
So, if you think this could be useful to you, give it a try!
7. Have a Home Spa Day
Grab a facial mask of your choice, your favorite scented bath bomb and bubbles, a couple of candles for around the bath tub, and a book and go treat yourself to a spa day right from your own home! Or put on a playlist of your favorite songs and just soak in the moment!
8. Listen to an Inspirational Podcast/Bible Study
There are SO many incredible speakers that you can hear from on podcasts. These are great if you’re busy and can’t look at a screen to watch a video, but still want to fill your mind with some self-development.
If you have the podcast app on your phone, just go into it and type in a subject you’d like to hear more about, and start searching through your options to pick who moves your spirit the most. Some examples of good Christian podcasts are The Way Home With Dan Darling & a great one for Christian entrepreneurs is God-Centered Success by Mia René.
9. Read Your Favorite Book
Especially if you’ve left off on the biggest cliffhanger and just haven’t had the time to finish it! Go! Right now!
10. Start a Scrapbook
I’ll be the first to say it, I get overwhelmed by the idea of creating a cute, perfectly put together scrapbook. When I see how other people do theirs, I think…I could never be that creative. Like, are they a wizard?
My husband bought me a little scrapbook album to put our things that we’ve kept for memories since we started dating. I love it so much. I decided it’s better to get started and just make it our own (no matter how messy it may look) because in the end we just want our memories to be with us forever and be able to share them with our children some day!
So don’t be overwhelmed by this idea, I swear, if you just do it your own way and not focus on how it will look, you’ll have a lot of fun with it!
11. Learn a New Hobby
Learning new things can get quite addictive, at least for me. I love the rush of learning all about something, putting it to practice and then seeing the outcome of something done by my own hands. I’m speaking of creative hobbies in this case. But anything new that you put in the effort to learn and apply can be so refreshing and exciting!
And it’s another thing that you can now bring up in conversation with people. Learning new things can help you relate to more people and even become a better conversationalist!
12. Go to the Library
My husband and I go to the library almost every week. Sometimes we go to check out books, but most of the time we actually go to get older movies that we haven’t seen in forever. Other times, we go into their quiet rooms and research Bible topics to talk about together later. It’s a great way to just be out of the house, and enjoy some quiet time to yourself or beside your partner. And you could come back with an awesome movie that you love or a book you’ve been dying to read!
13. Do a Wordsearch/Puzzle
I am always looking for puzzle games to keep my mind stimulated and alert. They’re also just a lot of fun, and rewarding when you finish them.
Get yourself a book of word searches or crosswords from the dollar store, or a puzzle you’d love to put together and have at it!
14. Meal Prep for the Week
Write our your grocery list according to the meals you’d like to have throughout the next week. Get containers to fit each meal into (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and get them all prepared ahead of time. This will save you SO much time and energy for the next week.
Put on some music or your favorite YouTube channel in the background while you get everything ready. Do what you can to make your meal prepping enjoyable!
15. Browse/Shop online
Have you been getting emails from your favorite store about sales going on, but haven’t had time to check them out? Now is the time! Get onto their websites and start browsing around and adding some items to your wishlist.
If you can afford it, treat yourself to something! You deserve it after working hard all week.
16. Paint Your Nails
I don’t normally paint my nails. I like to have them free of polish, mainly because my nails don’t look right with regular polish. But when I am super bored, I’ll occasionally decide to paint them. If you love doing your nails though, but are never able to with your busy schedule, NOW is the time!
17. Visit a Museum/Local Art Show
Head over to one of these if you love learning about history or art. It’s so much fun being able to see replicas of ancient items or beautiful paintings/sculptures that someone did by hand!
18. Create a Music Playlist
Put together a playlist for each mood. Have a playlist of songs to listen to when you’re sad that you can relate to or will cheer you up. Have one for when you want to get pumped and motivated for the day, lots of upbeat songs. And one for when you’re just in a contemplating mood, just wanting to think about life, the past, the future. These will be so useful to have down the road!
19. Color in a Coloring Book
Buy an adult coloring book from Target and start bringing out your inner child! This is SO therapeutic for people. They have adult coloring books for every theme or subject you can think of! So pick one that stands out to you, dig into that crayon box and go for it.
20. Make a New Recipe from Pinterest
Now, I’ll throw this out there…I’m not a big fan of cooking. Thankfully, God knew this and gave me a husband that loves to cook! But whenever I see a new recipe on Pinterest that looks heavenly, I need to try making it myself. And most of the time I end up really enjoying making it. And they end up being recipes that we repeat down the road because we loved them so much. If it weren’t for Pinterest, I would be lost and my poor husband would never get meals made for him aside from pasta…
The bloggers that share their recipes on Pinterest are life savers! So, if you’re looking for some great recipes to impress your husband/wife with, check some out and try whipping them up! They’re much easier than you might think.
Well, that’s it for my ideas! I hope you enjoyed reading. Thank you so much for stopping by. Let me know in the comments, what are your favorite things to do when you’re bored and have free time?