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We’ve got that bank holiday that everyone always wanted, the one that never ends just an expanse of time in front of us to relax and do whatever we want. Except it’s not quite like we imagined it would be. Let’s be honest Netflix loses it’s binge-worthy excitement when you’ve watched it every day for the last 8 weeks. In which case you might be looking for some ideas on how to spend your free time. Read on my friends!
Read a new genre
I will read pretty much anything but thriller/crime is usually my go-to choice and I have a habit of picking up something I know I’m likely to enjoy when I have less time. Although I’m still working, the amount I have to do is far less than it normally would be, giving me extra time to explore a new book or 2! I signed up for a 30 day free trial of Kindle Unlimited which has over a million books of different genres giving you plenty of choice. If you prefer listening over reading then try the 30 day free trial for Audible. If you do sign up for either free trial, set a reminder for the day before you’ll be charged to cancel if you don’t want to continue using it! I’ve already managed a romance, an autobiography, and a historical read. It’s official though romance is not for me. Maybe I’m cold-hearted but give me murder over a love story any day.
Do all the baking
Hello free time, hello muffins! A lockdown cliche, but seriously I love baking. I used to bake a ton with my mum when I lived at home, but it’s not something I’ve done much of since moving out. Yet lockdown started and you name it, I baked it. I bought these reuseable silicone muffin cases, cause ya know save the planet whilst eating cake! I’m also now a massive fan of this 2 ingredient dough recipe. It’s revolutionized my life, no exaggeration and I’ve been using it constantly for bread rolls, garlic breadsticks, and pizza dough since I found it.
Explore a new workout routine
Gyms are officially closed and it’s looking like it’ll stay that way in the UK for at least another month. Maybe you’re a regular exerciser or maybe not. Either way we all know that a little movement is good for the body and the soul. Whether you fancy signing up to an all-rounder app like Fiit that can you can use in and out of the house or becoming the next Paula Radcliffe with Couch to 5K, mix it up and try something new.
Practice your at-home mani skills
Who misses their nail technician? Ok so you might not be able to get those 6-inch coffin nails that you usually love but you can give yourself a damn good gel mani at home. I’ve always loved doing my nails, I find it relaxing and I can almost do my right hand as well as my left if you don’t look too closely! I’ve been using the Mylee range which I absolutely love. It’s so easy to use, there’s a huge range of colours and they sell the game-changing product that is the magic gel remover. Sod faffing around with foils and acetone, just paint this over your gels and they basically melt off. Honestly, it’s so good and well worth purchasing if you want to do gels at home. You can buy the kit as a whole or each part separately if you already own some bits.
Learn a new language
Learning French has been on my to-do list for the longest time so I thought I’d dive into the abundance of different apps and websites available. I eventually decided on Rosetta Stone as they’re well known and had great reviews. So far I love the way the lessons are set out, specifically the help with pronunciation which I butcher most of the time! I also like the Duolingo app for quicker practices here and there. It’s a simplified version but there are tons of lessons so you can practice words and phrases when you have a spare 5 minutes. You might not be able to use what you’ve learnt in the country itself at the moment, but the staff at your local coffee shop will definitely be impressed.
Virtual pub quiz
Who doesn’t love a pub quiz? A few drinks, cheesy chips, and the possibility of a cash prize to cover said drinks. Sadly we’re now making our own cheesy chips with McCain’s oven fries which are just not the same, but we can still have a virtual get together with friends. You can write your own questions if you’re that way inclined or if you’re a lazy mare like me you can find a ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ pub quiz, very Blue Peter of me I know. My favourite find has been the Spectacular Pub Quizzes run by the team at Child.org. They have quizzes on all your fave tv shows and movies including, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Mean Girls to name a few. They fully encourage fancy dress and request you prepare a hilarious team name. Early bird tickets are £5 and the money raised funds projects in countries across Africa so you’re doing your good deed for the day as well as having a right laugh.
Write down your travel bucket list
Maybe it’s just me but I’m constantly dreaming of where I want to go next when the time comes for us to move again. Getting away from lockdown and the challenges it’s bought even if it’s just in your head is a welcome break. Getting sucked into exotic places and beautiful cities planning your next trip allows you to discover more about the places you want to visit and you can pinpoint the experiences you want to have and pre-plan a budget for them. On my list is Zanzibar, Venice, and Canada! Where do you want to go next?
Hopefully, this has given you some useful ideas on how to spend your free time. Let me know if you try any out!