5 months ago – by Zoe Biehl

15 Fun and Smart Leisure Time Activities

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It can be hard to think of what to do when you’re bored at home. This list of 15 best leisure time activities will get your creative juices flowing in no time.
  1. Top leisure time activities to stimulate your mind and have fun
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Are you bored at home, wondering what to do with your leisure time? 

It can often become easy to get sucked into endlessly scrolling on social media or watching television instead of utilising your free time wisely.

If you’re looking for some leisure activities that aren’t just fun, but also beneficial to your life, this list will get you ready to enjoy your leisure time in new and exciting ways.

Top leisure time activities to stimulate your mind and have fun

Journal

How often do you take the time to pause and reflect on your life?

Journaling is a great way to check in with yourself each day, and comes with a whole host of mental health benefits.

Writing down your thoughts helps you manage stress, understand and accept your emotions, release pent-up feelings, and calm your mind. 

Keeping a gratitude journal, where you write down all the things you’re thankful for, improves your quality of life by increasing optimism and can even help reduce symptoms of depression, according to scientific research

Not sure how to begin journaling, or just want some extra guidance along the way? Betterly makes it effortless and fun with our Journaling box plan, which gives you beautiful supplies and booklets packed with helpful tips to help you begin your journaling journey. 

Learn

One of the smartest and most productive ways to spend your free time is to learn something new. 

There’s a plethora of online courses out there on every subject imaginable. Explore sites like Coursera, edX, and Udemy for endless fascinating courses that are free or cheap.

You could spend your spare time learning about Ancient Greek history, learning how to code, or taking a painting class — the choice is completely up to you. No matter what you choose, you will be growing your skills and knowledge, which is never a waste of time.

Paint

Painting is a wonderful way to creatively spend leisure time at home. Even if you’ve never tried it before, painting can help you express yourself in new ways.

Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at watercolors, ink, acrylic, or oil paints. There’s a world of different techniques and styles to practice and experiment with.

If painting pictures doesn’t appeal to you, you could even restore and paint old furniture or personalise decorative items to give your home a splash of colour.

Sounds like fun? Betterly offers a Paint and Color series that sets you up with everything you need to learn how to use chalk paints to decorate beautiful items of your own. This series will provide you with over 30 hours of unique projects as a creative way to spend extra leisure time. 

Read

When you feel like unwinding instead of actively creating or moving, simply cozy up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea. 

Reading is the ultimate relaxing activity — plus, it makes you smarter! 

Gain inspiration on what to read next by exploring titles on Goodreads, or reach out to loved ones and see what their favourite recommendations are. 

Meditate

If you have been feeling anxious, stressed, and/or unfocused lately, spending some of your spare time meditating each day can be a huge help.

Meditation brings clarity, focus, and calm to our hectic daily lives. 

Not sure how to start meditating? Try downloading Insight Timer for thousands of free guided meditations.

Cook

Learning how to cook up delicious dishes is one of the most rewarding ways to spend free time. The internet is full of recipes and video tutorials ranging from the simplest meals to the most complex gourmet masterpieces. 

Want to become a grill master? With our Cooking with Fire series, you can become a barbecue expert with tools, fine spices, salts, and wood for smoking your food, and 240 pages of recipes and tips from grilling experts. 

If you have a sweet tooth, baking is also a great way to experiment and enjoy your leisure time. 

You’ll soon become everyone’s favorite friend once they taste your culinary creations. 

Craft

There’s so many ways to get crafty and make something unique with your own two hands.

Learning a new craft, or cultivating one you haven’t picked up in a while, is one of the best ways to utilize spare time. It’s relaxing, enjoyable, and provides a sense of accomplishment. 

Some crafting hobbies you could try include:

Need some guidance on starting a new crafting hobby? You could get Betterly’s Paper Craft series for hours of fun learning how to cut and fold paper to create designer items for decorating your home, or giving away as gifts to loved ones.

Once you find a craft you are passionate about, you’ll never be bored again during your leisure time!

Volunteer

Did you know you can volunteer right from your couch at home?

There’s a whole host of online volunteer opportunities, such as:

Check some of these sites out and you are sure to find a project that suits your interests. What better way to spend your leisure time than making the world a better place?

Music

The world of music has so much to offer when you’re feeling a bit bored and uninspired.

Create a playlist of your favorite artists and dance around the house. Or explore new music you’ve never heard before to expand your tastes. (Want to become a soulful blues expert? Try out the They Got Blues series.)

You could also take up an instrument and learn how to make music yourself. Whether it’s guitar, percussion, singing, or even DJing, making music can provide endless entertainment and self-expression.

Yoga

Practicing yoga can help you build strength, increase flexibility, and relax both your body and mind. 

Yoga is a wonderful way to spend leisure time, because there’s no expensive tools or supplies required, and anyone can practice from home, even in the smallest of flats.

There’s tons of science-backed benefits of doing yoga, ranging from relieving anxiety, to decreasing back pain, and even helping prevent heart disease. 

If you’re looking for a healthy way to spend your free time, starting a yoga practice is a great idea. Find thousands of beginner yoga routines for free on YouTube, and experiment with different types to find one that suits you best.

Garden

Helping plants grow and flourish is a very rewarding way to spend your free time. Depending on the season and your available space, you could either tend a plot in an outside garden, set up a collection of pots on your balcony, or cultivate plants indoors. 

Consider starting an herb garden for a tasty project, or learn how to propagate succulents. No matter what plants you choose, unwinding a bit each day by getting your hands in some dirt can do wonders for your mood. 

Socialise 

While it’s nice to get some ‘me’ time in, it’s also good to spend some of your leisure time socialising with the people you care about most.

Even if you cannot physically go out and see friends for a drink at the pub right now, due to the pandemic, it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to catch up with loved ones.

Ring up some family members you haven’t spoken to in a while, or schedule a Zoom call with several friends. Time will fly by as you catch up and spend time with friends and family, and you will leave the conversation feeling energised and refreshed. 

Declutter

While it may not be the most fun way to spend your free time, organising and decluttering your home is a great way to spend a few hours that you may otherwise waste on watching TV. 

Go through your drawers and cabinets and collect up all the stuff that’s been piling up and collecting dust that you never use or want. Go through your clothes and take out all the things you never wear. 

Not only will you feel satisfied and enjoy a cleaner, more organised home, but you can donate your things to those that can actually use it!

Get into Nature

Feeling bored and uninspired? Go explore the great outdoors. Whether it’s a walk around your neighborhood or a hike in the woods, you’ll get your blood flowing and improve your mood. 

Especially during the pandemic, it’s easy to wind up spending too much of your free time cooped up in the house, all day, every day. 

Go out and get some fresh air — walking outdoors has been proven to release dopamine and serotonin (which boosts your mood and wards off depression), improve brain function, lower your blood pressure, boost immune function, and a whole host of other benefits

Listen to podcasts

Listening to podcasts is both entertaining and mentally stimulating. No matter what you’re into, there’s endless podcast options out there for you. 

You can pair up listening to podcasts with many of the other activities on this list, as well. Put on your favorite podcast while you declutter, go on a walk, cook, or craft, for example. It makes everything more fun!

Ready, Set, Go!

Hopefully this list of fun and smart leisure time activities has given you enough ideas to never be bored again. 

Looking for more ways to spend your free time offline? Check out Betterly’s latest box plans for hours of entertainment every month. 

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