How To Have Fun Alone
Are just alone with no one around? No friends, no parents, no sibling around. Then don’t sit there all alone doing nothing. There are more fun to catch than just being bored and lonely. The «me time» is mainly the time you can create, mediate, research, maintain, evaluate and refurbish your life for a more meaningful result. It’s not the time to get addict with pornography, casino, masturbate and so on. An idle mind they said is the devil’s workshop but It could be a creative one as well.
The best thing about «me time» is you’re not going to have any interruptions. So, catch up on that English paper, study for that history test next week, clean your room, and work on that science project.
Go outside and enjoy nature. A solo hike allows you to observe nature without distractions of friends. You’ll be surprised how fun and relaxing watching the clouds go by can be.
- Take care and clean up yourself. Your «me time» will be the best time to give yourself free manicure and pedicure. Clean your pubic areas and give your face the best clean up. Take your time and press your nose upwards then you will discover some hidden oily substance that has always been making your face oily.
- Take lots of random pictures. Take the most random pictures of yourself; pictures of your feet, pictures of you acting silly and sticking your tongue out, pictures of the ceiling or the kitchen sink.This is a great way to just have fun!
- Read a book! Find a nice comfy spot, with a cold glass of any thing you like the most and read, read, read! It doesn’t even have to be a book, it can be the latest issue of a magazine.
- Pop in a movie, make some popcorn and have a «movie night».
- Experiment in the kitchen. Make a new fruit smoothie or funny shaped pancake! Let your inner chef be revealed!
- Turn on some music and dance in front of the mirror.
- Go in your closet and mix and match your clothes. You can have fun just playing dress-up.
- Go on the Internet and re-do your Myspace page or website, play with your Neopets, play games, catch up on the latest celebrity gossip on-line or edit on wikiHow!
- Write in your notebook. Write a poem, draw a picture, write a letter to someone (or even yourself), make a list of things you want to do in your life or just write down a shopping list.
- Reorganize your room!
- Do you have a pet? Go walk your dog. Exercise in the house if it’s raining by working out to music!
- music, sing with it, play air guitar, or you could just sit in a big comfy chair, look out the window and eat some chips and just chill for a little. It will be very enjoyable and you will pass the time.
- Exercise. Jog around the house with your music, or outside on the side walk, or on a treadmill. Do some push ups, stand on your ankles or toes for a long time or you could sit against the wall. There are many other articles saying good exercise ideas.
- Meditate. There’s nothing quite like it.
- Write a book. The time may never come again when you will have such perfect aloneness — so make the most of it.
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How to Embrace Your Loneliness and Have Fun Alone
1. How to be happy alone: let’s learn the basics!
2. Things that can help you be happy
3. Rules for being happy while being alone
People like to perceive loneliness as a stigma, not as an opportunity to be free and do whatever you want. If your relatives ask about your future, but you don’t see anyone by your side yet, they might be a little upset. When your friends ask about your dates and you answer that it is a period of self-identification and freedom, they think you are a liar and give endless advice. You might be lonely, or rather say, alone, for various reasons: maybe you just broke up and want to experience free life, maybe you just haven’t found out what true love is, and maybe you fell in love with a person who is currently unavailable. Reasons might be different, but there is no need to feel blue or listen to ridiculous monologues of the importance to have somebody by your side.
Society drifts away from the concept of lonely people being defected or unwanted, on the contrary, they are perceived as strong individuals who obey no rules, can live however they choose to live and do whatever they want to do without a person to object it. Because being alone is better than being with a mediocre person who is no better than a porcelain statue in your living room. If you ask a taken person what thing they miss the most, the majority will answer: “Freedom and fun.” Today, we will learn how to have fun by yourself so that everyone can shut up!
How to be happy alone: let’s learn the basics!
Embracing loneliness is easy if you think of it as a fun task, not a burden. Almost every married couple confesses they would die to have some time for themselves, try more new things, take up new sports or hobbies, just dream and think properly before you choose. Realize: your possibilities are endless! You can take yourself to places, have fun creating new stuff, learn new things, you don’t have to owe anything to anyone. Just explore life, your skills, test your sexuality, embrace your own beauty standards before anyone changes them! Here is what you can do:
1. Take yourself out on a date
Everyone thinks this is a crazy idea to take yourself on a date. What does it mean? You can pick up any time without hearing excuses, without ghosting, late arrivals, or bad outfits. You don’t have to stick to anyone’s budget, pretend you are not starving and eat one pea at a time. You don’t have to be sexy if you have a comfy day, go to a movie you hate just to appease him or her, lie about having fun or deal with awkward pauses. You choose any time, any outfit, any place you’ve never been to or just like to stick to, take your bag and –voila! – you have a date with yourself. And no, people eating their ice creams in the cafeteria solo don’t look lonely, they look fun and independent.
2. Just positive mindset
Clear your mind from a stigma of being lonely. Think positive. How many people wish to be you at the moment? What could be beneficial from having no one by your side at the moment? Do you see possibilities that unravel while you can leave for another city, not having to ask anyone’s permission? Do you understand that the amount of potential interesting acquaintances is TIMES bigger than if you would be taken or surrounded by a group of friends?
Okay, let’s see the situation otherwise. How many –not lonely– people feel abused and underestimated, providing the fact they are not alone? How many people wished to be someone else but didn’t want to displease their partners or friends, so they changed their mind over and over until they lost themselves? Lonely people are sometimes in such a good place, physically and mentally, that no taken person can ever dream of!
3. Don’t try to distract yourself from it — embrace it!
Loneliness is not a disease, it’s a gift. It’s a repetition before entering life. If you are alone, you always have a chance to get back. When you are not alone, you can mess up and your closest ones will be affected by whatever happened. How to be happy with yourself? Embrace your freedom! You will always be a younger version of yourself when you are alone. You can buy Hot Wheels or six Barbie dolls, spend the whole day building a Lego house, or go to a strip club to give props to dancers, and NOBODY COULD JUDGE YOU! Since you are alone, do a list of things your environment would consider stupid or promiscuous, and do it proudly.
4. Delve into the things you love
If you like cooking dinner and eat it all alone, that’s perfect! If you like to sculpt things or fish or dance, just dedicate most of the time to your favorite hobbies since there is no one to interrupt or judge you. If you are a fan of cinema, why don’t you just go and sink deep down into endless movie universes? Besides that, you have so many chances to improve in doing things you like the most!
5. Force yourself into growing
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How To Go Out Alone & Still Have Fun
Doing stuff alone, I’ll admit, is scary. Going out alone? Even scarier. The idea of going somewhere without the protection and company of your squad, or at least your mom, is enough to make you want to stay home and watch old episodes of The OC by yourself. But why should you spend your Friday night alone on the couch just because you’re single, or because your friends are being lame? Believe it or not, going out alone can actually be really fun.
Last weekend, I went to a nightclub by myself. I was supposed to be meeting someone, but couldn’t find them when I got there, and ended up spending my whole night on the dance floor. I had no phone service, no one to talk to, and no one to dance with. At first, it was a nightmare. But then, I started talking to strangers, which isn’t something I do often. The confidence may have come partly from the fact that I was wearing a Halloween costume, but it was also because my only choices were to go home alone to my empty apartment at 11 p.m., or force myself to try and meet new people. I chose the latter, and it ended up being one of the most fun nights of my life.
According to a study by two marketing experts published by the Washington Post, there is actually little difference in enjoyment when people do activities alone versus when they do them with friends. With that in mind, here are six ways to go out by yourself and still have a blast:
1. Use It As An Excuse To Get Dressed Up (Not That You Need One)
Sure, you look fabulous whether you’re wearing your best dress or your older sweatpants and, no, you don’t necessarily need a special occasion to dress up. But sometimes we all need an excuse. What better reason to wear your newest outfit (or that outfit that’s still in your closet with tags) than going to a bar by yourself? Plus, according to a study by Professor Karen Pine from the University of Hertfordshire, dressing up makes you more confident (no matter what your definition of dressing up is), so it might give you the extra motivation to talk to strangers.
2. Do Something You Love
If you’re the only one in your #squad who likes live jazz music/art galleries/whiskey bars, treat yourself to an afternoon or evening enjoying something alone. If you’re doing something you love, you won’t need a friend to be there with you (especially if they’re going to be bored the whole time). Once you’re there, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find at least a few like-minded people, some of whom are probably also there alone. What better way to start a conversation than over a mutual appreciation of a song/painting/scotch?
3. Actually Talk To People
Forget all the rules you learned in kindergarten: It’s totally OK to talk to strangers. Bartenders, waiters, people at the bar, people in line — strike up a conversation. Most people who are interested in meeting new people, too.
4. Get Off Your Phone
When you’re by yourself, it’s tempting to keep your nose buried in your phone the whole time. A word of advice? Don’t. Take a second to unplug and actually enjoy what you’re doing. Constantly texting your friends (who aren’t there) will make you miss out on the things going on around you. And what fun is that?
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Smile If You Want To
If you’re going out by yourself in an effort to meet new friends, then you should know that a study by psychologists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that smiling makes you more approachable and helps boost your mood. However, if constant smiling isn’t your thing or just doesn’t make you feel like yourself, then who cares? You’re there to have fun, and it doesn’t matter whether other people think you are or not. You do you. Also, when you are having fun, you tend to smile naturally so… it’s a win, win.
6. Be Safe
The most (most, most, most) important thing when you’re alone is to be safe. Watch how much you drink, and (as always) never leave your drink unattended. Also be sure to give your friends a heads up of where you’ll be, just in case.
Now go have some fun. Duh.
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Learn How To Have Fun At Clubs Alone With These Tips And Pointers From Techno Reddit
You already have something in common with everyone else there.
No matter how into the music they are, most people see going out to a club as a social activity, and going alone is a huge step outside of most people’s comfort zones. But there can be huge benefits to flying solo—many of which we detailed in a recent feature about clubbing alone—if you learn to take the first steps.
The clubbing community is a supportive one, and most people that care about the music and the experience of being in a club want to bring others into the fold. It can be intimidating, but heading to the club alone can strengthen ties with the community, making subsequent nights out, with friends or not, even better. Don’t just take it from us, though. The club-goers on the techno subreddit have plenty to say about this issue.
On the benefits of trying to get out of your comfort zone, one Redditor said:
“Going out with friends is fun, yes… but you’re also tethered to them so maybe you might miss out on other stuff.
When you’re solo, you get to focus on the music, merge with the crowd, and enjoy the experience unchecked.”
Answering hesitation and intimidation felt by one of the community’s members, two Redditors also offered advice on how to break the ice at a club:
“I find if I start my evening talking to ANYone, even to someone like the bus driver or the security guy, I become way more social and the initial timidness is lessened. Maybe you can try that out next time.”
“If you ask a few people how they think the DJ made a certain sound or how the reverb/delay/whatever sounds awesome, you will certainly find like-minded people with whom you can talk about mixing/djing/etc. for days!”
Read the full thread on Reddit here. Here’s also something from CBS This Morning that might help you escape your crippling social anxiety. Watch it while listening to “Grasshunter” by Exos, which we’ve embedded below.
Read more: 7 reasons why everyone should party outside during the day at least once
How to Have Fun while Exploring Paris Alone
Paris, or more commonly known as the “City of Love,” is a destination that a lot of couples dream of exploring. The city has that dazzling beauty and teeming with – qualities that are hard to find in other modern cities. If you have a passion for culture, history, fine dining, and shopping, Paris will surely captivate your fancy.
However, just because it is known as the “City of Love” doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy its beauty on your own. Sometimes, having a bit of “me time” can work wonders for your mind and body. This article will provide you with useful tips that’ll make your holiday in Paris more exciting, even if you are travelling on your own.
1. Pack light
In order to have a fun adventure in Paris, make sure that you pack light. Ideally, you should bring sweatshirts and jeans to make you more comfortable. But of course, don’t forget to bring essentials like passports, toiletries, and spare clothes during the trip. Packing less makes it easier for you to move around the city.
2. Try local cuisine
Delicious and affordable meals can always be found in the city’s markets and cafes. Dining in an outdoor café while reading a book or observing other people are great ways to pass the time. Who knows, you might even meet a new friend. The good thing about Paris is that you can easily find budget-friendly diners, even if you are in the luxurious region of the city.
3. Stay safe and be observant
Paris is one of the safest cities in the world. However, it can still be helpful if you take extra caution and be more observant with your surroundings. Always stay in well-lit areas if you are walking on your own at night. Be mindful of street scams and research where they usually occur. Before leaving your home, make sure that you communicate with your relatives so they know where you’ve been.
In Paris, you don’t really have to visit the glitzy clubs just to have fun. You can actually hunker down in one a bar or café and just enjoy a glass of wine. Verjus, for instance, is an excellent wine bar for making new friends.
5. Visit a museum
The city can usually be filled with a lot of people. So if you want some peace and quiet, you can head down the museums. As mentioned earlier, the city is rich in culture and art, so you can really view a lot of stunning paintings and sculptures in each museum.
Feel free to share other tips in the comments section!
The Frugal Introvert: 50 Ways to Have Fun by Yourself on the Cheap
After my recent popular post on 104 things to do during a money-free weekend, I received a most interesting comment from a Lifehacker reader named HFC:
It looks like a lot of free things are boring and/or require you to actually have friends. Aren’t there any fun things I can do by myself?
This comment really spurred my thinking. I’m a proud introvert – most of the activities I enjoy are either done alone or with a very tight group of friends. I don’t feel comfortable in large social situations, though I’ve learned how to cope well with them and not come off as a deeply antisocial jerk.
The only problem is that a lot of activities that you can do yourself require some money to enjoy. Renting a video costs money. Playing a video game? Very expensive.
Here are 50 suggestions for free or extremely cheap ways to spend your time. Some of these have appeared on other lists of free stuff to do before – others are new to this one. Similarly, some of these may appeal to you – others may not.
If you’re an introvert, have fun and save some money!
1. Make a collage postcard for PostSecret. For those unaware, PostSecret is a website to which people send postcards telling their deepest, darkest secret anonymously; the blog creator then posts images of some of those postcards on the blog. All you need is a blank postcard, some imagination, and a secret to tell. Look around your house for the materials you’ll need – old magazines are always a great place to start harvesting materials from. Look for images that reflect the secret you want to tell, then make a collage out of them on the card. Whether you mail it or not is up to you, but it’s a wonderful way to get creative and get some release on a secret you’ve been hiding.
2. Try out parkour. Parkour is essentially an obstacle-course style athletic activity where you try to find the quickest path from point A to point B. You can do this pretty much anywhere – your yard, the park, anywhere in a city – and it’s always a lot of fun and good exercise. Plus, it’s an incredibly effective way to improve your mind-body coordination, as practicing this regularly will improve your balance and also your quick-decision skills.
3. Master a Rubik’s Cube. There are few parlor tricks that are more entertaining (for me, at least) than watching someone solve a Rubik’s Cube quickly. You can easily get ahold of one of these (ask on Freecycle or Craigslist) – the trick is figuring out how to solve it on your own, then how to solve it quickly. Here’s a great guide for solving a Rubik’s Cube.
4. Make a list of all the people who were a positive influence on your life and write each of them a thank-you letter. Think for a bit about all of the people who have inspired you and helped you along in your current life path. Make a list of all of these people – mine, for example, includes my high school English teacher, some relatives and friends, and a few college professors. Then pull out some paper and a pen and write each of them a handwritten letter, reminding them of how they helped you out and thanking them for doing so. It’s a great way to get in touch with the people who helped shape your life, and it’s something you’ll feel genuinely good about for a long time.
5. Learn how to make string figures. I love making string figures. All you really need is a big loop of string and some imagination. Figuring out how to loop string around your fingers to make visual compositions of all sorts of things is a lot of fun. You can easily make spider webs, bridges, and other interesting things. Even better, learn about some of the cultural heritage of these string figures and try to relate the stories yourself as you make the figures. Here’s a guide to the basics.
6. Learn some basic yoga poses. Yoga is a great way to relax and meditate while stretching the muscles of your body and getting a surprisingly intense workout at the same time. Basic yoga is extremely simple and feels really good – a stretching routine once a day feels really good to me. Here’s a great introductory video to the very basics of yoga.
7. Take a free online class to learn the basics of a new topic. We’re living in a golden age of free education, with online college courses available from some of the best academic institutions in the world like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. I recently shared 10 of the best online classes I’ve taken for free over the past few years, in subjects varying from computer science to music theory to philosophy. You can even learn in-demand job skills like computer programming for free.
8. Teach yourself how to cook. Not only is cooking the most cost-effective way to provide sustenance for yourself, it’s also an art form that rewards experimentation and practice. Challenge yourself to assemble an interesting meal out of the materials you have on hand. You might just find that it’s fun, that you’ve learned something new, and you’ve created something tasty to eat for just pennies. Here are a few tips if you’re new to cooking at home.
9. Take a walk in the park. Likely, there’s either a park or a secluded rural area within walking distance of where you live. Set out on foot to go there, then just wander around enjoying what you can observe and take in. Enjoy the natural beauty around you. Even better, find a nice secluded place and engage in another of the activities on this list in a wonderful natural environment.
10. Listen to a podcast. Podcasts are wonderful snippets of intelligent (mostly) and engaging talk radio, where people pour out their hearts and ideas for you to hear – for free. Here are 10 podcasts I quite enjoy to get you started: The Splendid Table (on food topics), Marketplace (on economics and business), Speaking of Faith (on religion), Fresh Air (interviews of general interest), This American Life (quirky general interest stuff), This Week in Tech (technology news), Car Talk (automotive news and tips), Keith and the Girl (pop culture), Free Talk Live (non-partisan politics), and Nobody Likes Onions (comedy).
11. Learn a simple papercraft. Papercraft includes everything from origami (and neat things like paper snowflakes) to full paper models of … well, anything. The excellent OrigamiVideo.net has a huge collection of videos on how to get started making almost anything origami (and many other papercraft projects, too).
12. Do a crossword or a sudoku puzzle. Paper-and-pencil puzzles are a great way to stretch your mind in new directions. You can easily get them for free – the New York Times gives out a free crossword each day, while an excellent free British-style cryptic crossword from The Herald or a huge number of free sudoku puzzles at WebSudoku should provide you with more than enough puzzle-solving pleasure for a long time.
13. Teach yourself solitaire (or a solitaire variant). All you need is a deck of cards, a logical mind, and plenty of spare time. Klondike is the most well known one, but there are a lot of fun solitaire games out there: Freecell, Golf, Patience, and Beleaguered Castle. There are many others – here’s a sampling of ones to try.
14. Put some positive affirmations around you. On a series of Post-It notes, write down 10 or so positive things about yourself (I find writing down positive memories is a great way to go, ones that put a smile on my face), then put them in places where you go irregularly and post them, like a rarely-used supply closet or the inside of your car’s trunk. Then, when you find them, they’ll lift you in a positive way. You could also do the same thing for someone you care about, posting some little reminders of their best qualities in places where they’ll discover them later.
15. Start a blog on a topic that fascinates you. If there’s a topic that fills you with passion, consider starting a blog on that topic. It’s easy (and free) to get started at Blogger or WordPress. Whenever you have an interesting idea about your topic or just get a strong desire to explain the basics, write it all out and post it there. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts and channel your passion on a particular topic.
16. Watch an old movie from your collection. Almost everyone has some old movies lying around. Dig some out and watch them. I find it particularly enjoyable to watch old home movies – videos of when my son was a newborn, for example, are particularly fun to pull out. I also enjoy watching movies that I dearly loved 10 years ago but haven’t watched in years – I now see many of them as goofy fun for a rainy afternoon.
17. Teach yourself a card trick. Card tricks are a particularly fun way to entertain people in almost any situation, and there are as many different card tricks as there are grains of sand on the beach. Pick up a deck of cards and invest the time to learn one cold so that if the opportunity ever offers itself, you can easily show off that trick. For starters, here’s how to do a clever and simple trick called Quick as a Wink.
18. Tour your neighborhood on foot. Most neighborhoods have many interesting secrets and things to enjoy and observe on foot. Just head out of your front door and wander wherever your spirit takes you. You’ll likely find all sorts of interesting things on your journey – places you didn’t know about before, interesting landmarks, beautiful sights, and perhaps an interesting free thing to pick up along the way.
19. Go stargazing. The stars in the night sky are one of the biggest reasons I love living in rural Iowa. I can look skyward any non-cloudy evening and see a sky full of stars. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a clear sky. spend an evening or two gazing at the stars. In particular, try to go outside on nights where a meteor shower is in progress, as that just adds to the beauty of the Milky Way. Download a free app like SkyView Lite (for iOS or Android) to help you pick out constellations, planets, and even passing satellites in the night sky above you.
20. Get your finances in order. While this might not seem like fun at first glance, having a financial plan can greatly reduce the stress of day-to-day life and also greatly increase your peace of mind. Spend some time reading up on personal finance, working through activities like 31 Days to Financial Independence, setting goals, understanding your current financial state, doing estate planning, defining a budget, and so on. It’s all worthwhile, all free, and all of it will add to your peace of mind.
21. Make a time capsule. Find an old shoebox, then go around your home and find items that clearly mark the reality of your day to day life – a newspaper, receipts, your child’s recent drawings, magazines, photos, and so on. You can record a family video on your smartphone and copy it to a UBS drive and include that, too. Put them in the box and when it’s got plenty of items in it, tape it up very securely and write a date in the future when you can open it – say, in 10 or 15 years. Not only is it fun to collect the items now, it can be really interesting to look through those items in the future, when not only your life has changed, but cultural touchstones have changed as well.
22. Find (and read) some free, alternative newspapers in your area. Most urban areas have a handful of free newspapers, supported entirely by advertising or by sponsorship, that often provide insightful and interesting reading. Look for ones in your area in the lobby of the local library, in the lobby of grocery stores, and at city hall. Collect them, then take them home for a nice reading. In my area, I have easy access to Toons (a collection of political cartoons), The Sun (community events), Cityview (an independent public affairs paper for Des Moines), and Juice (a twenty-something paper in Des Moines published by the Des Moines Register). All of these can provide worthwhile reading – and they’re all free.
23. Learn a musical instrument. This might not strike you as a free thing to do, but it’s actually surprisingly easy to learn how to play an instrument for free. You can often get basic instruments (keyboards, acoustic guitars, and sometimes other things) on Freecycle or Craigslist, plus there are countless opportunities online for basic lessons on how to play any number of instruments, as well as how to read music. All it takes to get started is some time and some interest.
24. Listen to your favorite music up loud (and let yourself dance to it). I love to turn the music up loud on occasion and bounce around to it (all in complete privacy, of course). Few things get me more pumped up than a really lively song and a bunch of moving around in rhythm to the music. For me personally, few songs get me bouncing around energetically more than AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock. But that’s just me – I’m sure you have your own favorites.
25. Visit the library. This one’s right in the middle of the list, but it’s one of the best free things for an introvert to do on the cheap. Your public library is a gigantic collection of free books, movies, music, magazines, and countless other things – all there for the borrowing. Plus, there’s usually a lot of activities there for the introvert, from film showings to recommended reading lists and community calendars. Stop by and see what things a library really has to offer.
26. Do a jigsaw puzzle. A jigsaw puzzle is a wonderful engrossing activity. My family used to traditionally cover the kitchen table with jigsaw puzzles for much of the winter, with everyone sharing in the puzzle-solving process. You can usually find them for free on Freecycle without any effort at all and they’ll give you many hours of solitary enjoyment.
27. Build a detailed family tree. Most people are aware of at least a couple generations of their lineage, but things often get confused when you get further back than that. Spend some time building a detailed family tree, starting with what you know and eventually adding your own research to the mix. Contact older relatives for assistance, then use resources like Ancestry.com to fill in more blanks. Add as much detail as you’d like or, even better, make it into a multimedia project on your computer, with pictures and other materials.
28. Teach yourself to meditate. For stress relief and aid for overcoming tiredness, few things work better for me than a short period of meditation. The easiest technique is to just sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes, and focus on nothing but breathing slowly for a while. Breathe in slowly, hold it for a bit, breathe out slowly. Over and over. I’ve been practicing meditation for at least 10 minutes a day, and the effects have been profound.
29. Read a book on your shelf that’s unread. Most of us have a book or two around our home that we haven’t read – something we keep meaning to read “someday.” Let today be that someday. Dig out that book and give it a serious, long reading. Let yourself get lost in the book, no matter what it is, and see if you can get through it (or at least a significant portion of it) in one sitting. Getting lost in a book is one of my favorite experiences – and it can easily be a free one.
30. Start a workout program at home. A basic workout program doesn’t need to involve an expensive gym membership – it just needs to involve personal initiative. After all, many of the most effective exercises — running, walking, sit-ups, prone lifts, push ups, jumping jacks — don’t involve any exercise equipment at all. Before you get started, make sure you’re in good health with a doctor’s visit. Then string some of these free exercises into an at-home workout routine, or try some of the the ever-changing free daily workouts at Darebee.
31. Do a “Wikipedia walk.” I often burn a good hour doing a “Wikipedia walk” as I investigate a particular topic and find interesting connections to other areas of personal interest. All you have to do is think of a very broad topic you’re interested in – say, philosophy – and read through that entry, following any and all links that are of interest. What I usually do is open up a bunch of new browser tabs from links on that first entry, then read each tab, opening new ones, until I’ve had my fill. It’s a great way to learn the details of any topic, from knitting to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
32. Start a natural collection or sketchbook. All that’s required to start a natural collection – or a notebook that collects observations – is an interest and a willingness to investigate. Like rocks? Start collecting and identifying particular samples. Birds? Make some sketches or take some photographs. There’s no limit to what you can observe and record in the natural world. You can observe people, too, or automobiles – the possibilities are endless. Here are some tips for getting started with a natural collection.
33. Organize your collection(s). Speaking of collections, one wonderful solitary activity is organizing your currently-existing collections. Go through your collection of CDs, DVDs, trading cards, books, political buttons, or whatever item you collect and put them in a reasonable order. Along the way, you’ll find all sorts of little things to do to pique your interest, simply from your personal enjoyment of the things you’ve collected.
34. Learn how to juggle. Juggling is a really enjoyable pastime: it teaches hand-eye coordination and dexterity while simultaneously being quite soothing. It’s also quite simple – you just need three balls to learn how to do it. Here’s an excellent tutorial video on how to juggle.
35. Play a free online game. There are countless sources of excellent online games – try Kongregate for starters. Lately, I’ve been playing “Ticket to Ride: Europe” online using the free trial – it’s one of my favorite board games and it’s a blast to play whenever I like.
36. Seek out a solitary place on foot. One activity I particularly enjoyed doing during my college days was exploring seemingly crowded places but searching for nooks and crannies that were completely isolated from the hubbub. I used to find small back rooms of the large university library and just curl up in there and read. I also used to climb the large trees on campus to get up above the crowds below. The search for solitude was enjoyable and finding it was sublime.
37. Start (and maintain) a journal. I’ve been keeping a journal for years now and find it valuable and fulfilling. Just start on any old spare notebook you have lying around your house. Jot down the most interesting things you did that day – even if they don’t seem interesting right now. Eventually, you’ll start to build up a nice catalog of entries and it’ll become quite fun to read earlier writings.
38. Go to a free movie. If you look around a bit, you can often find free movie showings in your community. Start by visiting the libraries available to you – many have open movie nights, where you can go sit in the library auditorium and enjoy a free film. If you live near a university, there’s often a film group there showing a weekly movie as well. Often, other community groups will put on regular film nights as well – just check around.
39. Take up walking, jogging, or running. There are almost no solitary activities that combine physical exertion, rhythm, and peace of mind like sustained walking, jogging, or running, and all you really need to get started is a pair of decent shoes. Define a regular, sensible jogging routine (three times a week for 30 minutes is a good way to get started) and dig in on the paths around you. The key isn’t to kill yourself, but to just exert yourself a little and figure out how to get into a good, healthy rhythm along the way. For a more rigorous, flexible free workout, try rucking – walking or hiking with extra weight in a backpack.
40. Take a long, hot bath. Just fill up your bathtub with some nice, warm water, get yourself in there, and kick back. Enjoy the long soak and just let the little worries drift away for a while. To me, this is almost as good as a professional massage but the cost is just right – plus it’s just as convenient as the bathroom down the hall.
41. Rearrange (and thoroughly clean) a room. Sometimes all it really takes to make a place seem fresh and new is a thorough cleaning and a rearrangement of the decorations and furniture. Put some elbow grease to work in your favorite room in your home that’s just a bit tired and see what you can do to make it smell and look fresh again. If it’s a regular place where you spend time, just that little bit of change can make a world’s worth of difference.
42. Write a poem. This is an activity that forces almost everyone to think a bit differently about the world around them, but from that experience can come much wisdom and growth. Try to express whatever you’re feeling in your heart in words, in whatever form seems the most natural and appropriate. Then tease the words around a little – find ones that seem to click with how you feel. The entire process will leave you feeling interesting things – and often feeling deeply fulfilled.
43. Get politically informed. Find out what candidates are going to appear on your ballot in the upcoming election (as well as any ballot initiatives) and find out more about each one of them. Compare the candidates running for the same office and make a rational decision about each campaign. You can do most of this research online today – if you can’t, call the local offices of each political party to find out about local candidates. Doing this will make you an informed voter and likely an influential one, since you can state clear reasons why you’re supporting the candidates you’re supporting and this can often sway others.
44. Take some digital photographs and share them online. If you’re building a natural collection or observing anything interesting at all, take along your smartphone or camera and snap some photographs of it. Then, take these images and share them with others on a photo-sharing site like Flickr. Be sure to put in the effort to add detailed notes about each picture so that others may enjoy them as well.
45. Discover new music you might like. There are countless free online streaming services available to you that can help you find new music that matches your tastes. Sites like Pandora or Last.fm allow you to type in the name of a musical artist you like, and then get a customized radio station of nothing but similar artists, virtually ensuring you’ll discover some compelling new music.
46. Create an interesting video and share it on YouTube. All this takes is a smartphone or digital camera capable of capturing video, some basic video editing software (there are free web-based programs online), and some creativity. Think of something interesting that you could make a compelling video about, create a tight script for that video, then go around collecting the shots you need. Once you’re done, edit the video into a slick presentation and upload it to YouTube for the world to see. Keep it up, and you could potentially create a new income stream.
47. Enter a short story competition. Short stories are a lot of fun to write – in fact, writing them is my secret passion. Whenever I have spare time, I like to seek out short story competitions, write out stories for them, and then … fail to actually enter because I’m too self-conscious about my short stories. But I still gain something big from it – the process of writing a short story is a lot of fun.
48. Dig deep into a blog. Got a blog you enjoy reading (like, say, this one)? Go waaaay back into the site’s archives and read some of the older stuff. You’ll often find that the writing has changed drastically since the early days and that you’ve missed out on a ton of interesting and compelling ideas. Look for an “archives” page — you can dig through thousands of my past The Simple Dollar posts here.
49. Attend a free concert. Many communities offer free weekly municipal concerts in the park and larger cities often have multiple free concerts each day in various places. Pay attention to the community calendar and other resources and go by yourself to a concert. Live music can be a very compelling and exciting thing – don’t miss out on an opportunity to enjoy it.
50. Watch a sunrise or sunset, from beginning to end.
This really says it all:
That picture depicts sunset over the Grand Canyon in July 2005 when I visited there with my wife. The amazing part of that scene is that you can enjoy much the same beauty anywhere you are, whether you’re an early riser or a night owl. Just watch the sun rise and take on brightness, or watch her set and shed her colors. Beauty, indeed.