Having lots of free time to yourself can often make you feel bored, fed up and a bit lonely, epecially if you’re like me and you always like to be busy. Often I find, with too much time to myself I end up raiding the house of the food and lying on the sofa in front of the television. Now, don’t get me wrong, everyone needs to do this occasionally. But I used to find too much wasn’t good for me. I actually enjoy it when I’ve had a particularly busy week as it gives me time to relax.
After having finished uni I found myself with a lot of free time in-between before I found a job. I also had nothing to do during that time as my friends and family were all working. Therefore, in order to keep myself sane I found I had to do something somewhat productive with my time. Here are the things I did to keep myself busy, which I wish I had began to do at the very start. Just a shame it took me about a month to figure out (my) best way to spend free time whilst it lasted!
Do something you enjoy or try out something new.
I decided to start this blog as I had wanted to do it for a while and I finally had the time to invest in setting it up. My time off also gave me the opportunity to take some pictures and brainstorm some potential posts. Maybe you’ve always enjoyed painting or you want to try your hand at something creative? Trying something new or taking up a hobby gives you something to work on and gives that sense of satisfaction. Plus, it’s fun.
Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit or explore? Do a bit of research and you might be surprised at what there is local to you worth visiting. It’s amazing what is right on our door step that you may not even be aware of! Plus when you’re by yourself you can chose where you go and what YOU want to do. The photo below is Ashton Court Manor, just a 20 minute cycle from my house! I am also fortunate to live close to Tyntesfield house, you can see a blog post I wrote about my visit here.
I don’t mean just your house or your room. Think about wether you’re on the right path or not. Are you where you want to be? Are you taking the steps towards getting yourself where you want to be? This can be as simple as making a list of your end goal and then breaking this down into smaller steps to help you get there. This is something I find helps motivate me and keep me on track.
Contact a friend you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while
Even if this is just a text or Facebook message. We are all guilty of having that thought of ‘well they could reach out to me if they really wanted’ or, ‘well it was me who spoke to them first last time.’ Just remember people are very busy and what is the worst that can come from reaching out to someone?
Create a scrap book
This is one of my personal faves. I take so many photos it’s unreal. I’m the kind of person who has 5 images that are exactly the same. So I decided to print a load out I like (I recommend the app Free Prints for polaroid style snaps) and put them in a scrap book. It’s great to look back on plus I found a ton of photos I’d forgot I’d even taken! I had so much fun reminiscing and I love looking back at it now.
These are just some of the things I like to do when I have some free time. What do you enjoy doing?
Thanks for reading! x