We all know how it is – it’s the summer holidays, most of your friends are away and you’re stuck at home, not having a clue how to spend the next weeks.
To prevent boredom, I created this little list of things to do when you don’t have to go to school/ uni/ work and don’t really know what to do with yourself – try it out, enjoy and add your own suggestions for activities in the comments if you like!
- Read. Don’t we all love to sit down in our favourite armchair with a nice cuppa, getting lost in fictional worlds and forgetting about our own reality from time to time? Nevertheless, a lot of book lovers will know the struggle of coming home after a long and exhausting day, wanting to pick up a book, but then feeling too lazy and turning on the computer instead or even falling into bed immediately. That’s why you could now take the opportunity and catch up on all the books you wanted to read but never got around to, I’m sure you’ll rediscover your love for books and the magic they create in your head very soon.
- Find new musicians you like. Discovering new music or listening to an album for the very first time is such a joyful thing, isn’t it? Ask your friends for recommendations, search tumblr or other platforms for artists that are similar to the ones you already like to listen to and then simply lie down and concentrate on nothing but the songs, you’ll feel incredibly relaxed and happy later on.
- Write a poem. You can either write something for a friend and give it to them when you’re finished or just do it for yourself. Writing about your feelings might help to structure them and understand their meaning a bit better. And remember – a poem can be anything you want it to be, so it doesn’t have to rhyme, have a metre or any of the other characteristics you’ve learned about in English class – just let your mind run free and see what happens.
- Try out new recipes. Cooking can be quite stressful if you have to do it in a hurry, but now that you’ve got the day to yourself, you might as well try to do the dish you always found so interesting but never dared to make! Just put on a nice playlist (which you can create before you start – another fun activity!) and give it a go, the worst thing that can happen is that you ruin it and have a funny story to tell your friends afterwards.
- Collect your favourite quotes in a notebook. Put down all your favourite lyrics and quotes that inspire you and illustrate them, so that you can read through them whenever you feel like it.
- Learn a new language. By that, I don’t necessarily mean visiting a language course since that can be quite pricey: you can easily teach yourself the basics by studying with special self-learning books or using apps like Duolingo on your phone. That way, you can educate yourself as well as impress everyone on your next holiday in a foreign country!
- Draw something. Personally, I’m not talented at arts at all, but your lack of talent should never hinder you from giving it a whirl anyways! Perhaps you can start with copying something before sketching your own creation to get the hang of it. Plus, don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t look how you imagined it to look like at the first try, no one is born a master, innit?
- Write letters. You might think I’m old-fashioned, but let’s be honest – there are not many things as beautiful and personal as a handwritten letter. Surprise your loved ones by writing them a little message, maybe telling them what you’re up to or even making a little list of things you like about them. This is so much nicer than sending a text message, they will be absolutely delighted and you will most probably make their day.
- Rearrange your room. Are you unsatisfied with your room or do you like it but simply wanna make it even more of a home than it is already? Try to change the arrangement of your furniture, put some new posters on your walls or put the books on your shelf in a new order – the smallest things can make a huge difference. Also, don’t forget to tidy everything – you might even come across things you’ve completely forgotten you owned when doing so!
- Search for DIY stuff on the internet. If you still completely run out of ideas, you can always have a look at Pinterest or YouTube to find some inspiration or maybe get instructions for a DIY item. The internet will never disappoint you!