We all know about “Netflix and Chill,” though the saying does mean different things to different people! Getting home from a long day of work, flopping down on the couch, turning off your brain, and turning on your favorite Netflix show is a great way to wind down. You don’t need to think about life, about work, about the dishes sitting in the dishwasher waiting to be unloaded. But what if you want a hobby that is a little bit more engaging? What if you would like to exercise your mind and maybe even your body while you take your time out? You could play fun games to pass the time, read a book, take up embroidery, or go for a power walk. There are so many hobbies out there to try that are as good or even better than watching Netflix shows, and we’re going to share our favorites with you now.
Listen to a Podcast
The world of podcasts is no longer just a fringe one. There are literally millions of podcasts across the globe covering millions of different topics. You can listen to shows and conversations about the occult, baking, how to survive a breakup, photography, or current news issues. The great thing about podcasts is that you don’t have to sit still in one place to listen to them; you can engage in two hobbies at once! Take a walk or hike, do the dishes or clean the house while you learn about rocket science, hear tales of mysterious disappearances, or come to understand a different political point of view. Podcasts can be as relaxing and passive or as informative and information-heavy as you like; there are so many to choose from!
Home Spa Treatment
There’s no better way to relax than to treat yourself to feeling good! You don’t need fancy equipment to give yourself home spa treatments. If you have things like a foot spa, all the better, but you can use items that you have around the house if you don’t. You could give yourself a facial steam once a week using boiling water, a mixing bowl, tea tree oil, and a towel. You could give yourself a foot soak and pedicure using almost the exact same equipment and any nail supplies that you keep in your house. You could even just take a little extra time on your skincare routine, ensuring that all your creams and serums are thoroughly rubbed into your skin and your circulation is stimulated. Nothing feels better than treating yourself well.
Take an Online Course
Online academies like Udemy offer courses in everything under the sun. Learn more about how to use a camera properly, learn copywriting skills, and take a class in French cooking basics. These courses are usually very cost-effective, especially if you find one on special offer. You can fit tutorials into your schedule instead of needing to attend classes at a particular time.
Learn to Cook
Instead of relaxing in front of the TV all night every night, why not challenge yourself to learn some new cooking skills? Netflix might even be able to help with that! If you already know the basics, then you can challenge yourself to learn more complicated dishes, and if you don’t, start from the very beginning. Plan your menu in advance so that you can shop for all the right ingredients and ensure that nothing goes to waste, and take the time to read through all of your recipes before you begin.
Life is hectic, and we all need to put real effort into calming and restorative practices. Yoga is not only excellent for flexibility and fitness, depending on the positions, but it is also an excellent way to learn to be present in the moment and practice mindfulness. Yoga is good for the mind, body, and soul; you don’t even have to go out to a class if you don’t want to, as you can practice in the comfort of your home surroundings. All you need is a yoga mat and maybe a block, some clear space to move in, and a YouTube yoga practice to follow.
Many people who are inexperienced with art seem to think that to enjoy making art, you have to be “good” at it, but this is entirely untrue! Firstly, art is subjective, so the value of the piece or practice changes from person to person and beholder to beholder. Secondly, art is therapeutic, and everyone should have access to the joy of creating something simply because they feel like it. Paint with acrylics, draw with charcoal or pencil, make paper mache sculptures of your pets, or try a lino print. Go wherever the mood takes you.
Nothing could ever take the place of “Netflix and chill,” but there are so many options out there for you to try if you feel like you need to change things up.