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BEAT THE BOREDOM BLUES Feed Your Inspirational Fire!

orange and red flames of fire

10 Activities for Having Fun

During these unprecedented times there’s so much worry: our health, family and friends…our future. As we continue to stay at home as much as possible, why not use the time to improve our physical and mental well-being?

KEEP YOUR SANITY!

Try engaging yourself in some type of creative adventure while waiting for life to return to normalcy.

Your spare time is a gift. Use it productively!

Use the list below as a guide and make a commitment to having fun.

1. START A NEW HOBBY – BE CREATIVE

hands on table painting flowers in watercolors
Discover something new about yourself

Fishing, golfing, knitting or painting. The list is endless. You may discover a hidden talent!

2. WRITE A LETTER

…a simple text message or email will do.

Keep in touch with family and friends or even better, contact an old acquaintance. Let them know you were thinking of them…make their day.

3. WATCH A MOVIE

…and more! Don’t forget there’s some great documentaries and concerts available too. What better way to experience a ‘live’ show but from the comfort of your own living room.

4. SPEND TIME OUTDOORS – TAKE A WALK  

mom and son walking along path through woods with sun shining
Teach. Learn. Enjoy.

Breathing fresh air is not the only benefit of time spent outdoors. There’s so much more to see and experience when being outside. A simple walk through your neighborhood or a local park can be invigorating. Take the kids on a hike through a State Park and let them experience firsthand, the beauty of nature and wildlife.

5. TRY A NEW RECIPE

chef squeezing juice onto exotic foods cooking over an open fire
Open fire cooking of exotic foods

Whether you’re grilling outdoors over an open fire or using the microwave in the kitchen…try cookin’ up something new. Search through that recipe box or take a chance with an online recipe. Either way, stepping out of your food comfort zone could be a pleasant surprise for your taste buds. Have a s’mores for dessert!

6. START A HOME PROJECT – DE-CLUTTER THE GARAGE

Since you’re going to be home for a while, why not save some money and paint the house or at least one room. Remodel the bathroom or install a new kitchen floor. Cleanup that garage and you’ll be sure to find things you forgot you owned!

7. GARDENING – LANDSCAPING

plants and vegetables in  a raised garden
Eat what you grow

Enjoy the fruits of your labor…literally. There’s something about planting seeds and watching patiently as Mother Nature brings to life wonderful, fresh foods. Add trees, plants and foliage to your landscape. It’s not only great exercise, but it also adds value to your property.

8. READ

With all the gadgets available today, there’s no excuse for not reading. Your cell phone, a tablet, Kindle, ipad, laptop and yes, an actual book – they all offer a means for becoming engaged with words. Be captivated by an action thriller or fall in love with the characters of a romance story. Reading reduces stress!

9. EXERCISE

girl on yoga mat exercising
Exercise – good for both mind and body

Keep your body (and mind) active (and lose a few pounds too). Starting a simple routine such as stretching in the mornings and at night before bedtime has been proven to improve muscle tone and mental awareness too! Do something healthy for yourself.

10. START A FIRE

feet with sandals by a roaring wood fire on beach
Dream…

Relax, unwind and become inspired…enjoy the dancing flames of a fire.

When you’ve had enough of the bad news from the TV and things seem to be out of control, stop and make the time for a bit of slow living and enjoy the companionship of a traditional wood fire. You’ll feel compelled to dream, escaping from the stress of the day. Nothing beats the familiar crackle of an open fire and it gets even better when you’ve got the camaraderie of friends and family to share it with.

So there you have it…no more excuses for boredom, only ideas for inspiration!

Keep your mind healthy and active by trying new things. Hopefully they may serve as a foundation for other beneficial activities.

What other ideas are there for spending time creatively? Feel free to share. I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy your spare time. Use it wisely.

Stay safe,

BZ

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