Grownup Gripe: If I hear my kid say “I’m bored” one more time I’ll really show ‘em bored.
How many times have you heard “I’m bored! What can I do?” Maybe it’s not just your kid.
The problem is nowadays we’re inundated with nonstop stimulation so when the world stops for even just a few minutes we don’t know what to do with ourselves.
So how can you fill your free time with some activities that won’t break the bank?
Everything costs so much these days no matter how much you have it’s nice to save a buck or two or more than a hundred!
Here’s a list of 20 FREE enjoyable activities!
1. Visit your local park, it’s not just for kids. It’s a goldmine for all ages. There are walking/jogging trails, running fields for dogs, picnic tables for enjoying some outdoor meals, ours even has a skating rink.
Bring a picnic lunch or dinner or some food to bbq (most are equipped with grills as well) and go enjoy some fresh air with your food.
If you do have kids and don’t remember the last time you brought them to the park all the more reason to get there. Getting outside for a bit is good for everyone!
2. Is there a body of water nearby? Bring some lawn chairs, an old loaf of bread and even fishing poles to your local pond, lake, river or ocean if you’re lucky. Feed the fish or ducks while enjoying the tranquil view.
Even if it’s an hour or more drive (especially if you’re nearby an ocean or really awesome lake) just hanging out on the beach or the waterfront is relaxing, well worth the time.
It’s refreshing and the best part it’s free as long as you don’t have to pay for parking.
3. Take a walk around your neighborhood. All you have to do is step foot out your front door. It’s that easy. Don’t overthink it.
Maybe you live in the city or in the most rural farmland in a remote village, it doesn’t matter. Take in the sights and breathe in the fresh air while moving your body.
You may find new things about your hood you didn’t know were there or meet some great neighbors you never knew you had.
4. Go to the library. In this day and age, this is an activity I feel has gone by the wayside.
With everything a swipe away you may think what do I need to go to the library for? Well, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Especially for little ones, the library is a wealth of information that costs you absolutely nothing. Get your library card today and relive your youth.
Have you actually read a REAL hard copy book lately or thumbed through a newspaper? It’s a completely different experience than typing in some keywords or thumbing through web pages.
5. While you’re there check out a new book. Or if you prefer technology, find a new blog or something you love reading online.
No matter what it is let what you’re reading take you to another place. It’s freeing.
Abraham Lincoln said “A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”
Let your mind go!
6. Volunteer. Donate your time. Find a cause you’re passionate about and chances are they’d love help from a free worker.
Not only will you be doing something for others it will also do something for you.
It’s a win-win for all!
7. Play a game with your kid or dog. Don’t you feel guilty about not spending more time with them? Put your phone down for just ten minutes. It goes a long way.
No worries if you don’t have either find a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, it’s good for your mind. Use it or lose it. The more you challenge your brain the more you’ll be aware when god forbid you start forgetting.
Studies show those who continue learning new things and challenging their brains throughout life are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
8. Can you hear me now? Reach out to someone, anyone it doesn’t matter who. Call an old friend or family member to catch up.
Don’t just text, TALK to them!
I feel sorry for kids these days, they’re not even going to know how to communicate properly￼. Talking to someone is more effective in conveying feelings than texting.
Here’s the catch though, be sure to pick an uplifting receiver not a Debbie Downer. You want to feel better, not worse after the call.
9. Even if you haven’t been to church since you were a kid, find a local place of worship that resonates with you. Visit more than one to find your jam. It’s good for the soul.
Listen to the sermon and talk to the parishioners.’ And chances are there are plenty of free activities for all different ages.
10. Exercise if even just for a few mins in front of the tv. Break a sweat. You can do it.
Whether you just go out and take a walk or start training for a marathon, you’ll feel better getting out in nature and getting the blood flowing, good for the body & mind.
11. Take a bike ride. Yes get that old thing out of the garage and take it for a ride. I promise you you’ll feel like a kid again.
Don’t worry you don’t have to clad yourself in head to toe spandex either. Wear whatever is comfortable, fill your tires up with air and go for a spin. It’s very freeing!
12. Take time to smell the roses, literally. Chances are there’s a nice garden somewhere nearby in your town you can meander through weather permitting.
Take advantage of all your senses. Take in the smells and beauty around you. Maybe you don’t have a green thumb but some do. It’s a work of art you’ll be happy you saw.
13. Create something. Either draw, color, paint or do paper mache, pottery of any kind of art project that floats your boat.
Working with your hands is an excellent way to keep busy and creating something leads to a sense of accomplishment at the end.
14. Watch an old favorite! Nowadays with every single show at the click of a finger, go back and watch something you used to love.
All those feel good endorphins will come back again. Laughing and or crying is good for your well being. You’ll also revisit some one liners you can use in the future!
15. Meditate, whatever your meditation is.
It doesn’t have to be official, at least that’s my belief. Whatever makes you feel good and brings you mindfulness into your inner being helps ground you in the long run.
The point is to do something focused just on you for a bit. Forget about everything and everyone else at least for a minute.
16. Take a nap. Who in the hell gets enough sleep these days. I do 😉 but statistics say 8 out of 10 adults don’t get enough shut-eye.
They say JFK took a nap every day even while in the White House so my philosophy is if the President gets a nap you should too.
17. Dance like nobody’s watching, throw a dance party. Turn on some tunes, let loose and burn some calories.
If you’re not alone get closer to your partner and channel your old ‘Flashdance’ days.
18. Find free activities in your area by doing a google search, usually, you can find unique offerings you wouldn’t usually think of.
19. Find out how to do something online and make it happen. Nowadays you can do whatever it is you want to do.
Now is the time to learn how. Education is the one thing that can’t be taken away.
20. Elephant in the room ahem…get your rocks off! Whether it’s with a partner or by your lonesome it’s the birds and bees kids.
Money shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to happiness because it can come and go, what matters is whether or not you’re filling your tank with meaning not materialism.
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