Feeling restless? It’s time to get creative.
Productivity is more than just crossing off items from your to-do list. These seven low-pressure activities will help you work on yourself without even realizing it.
1. Get Into Yoga
You already know that yoga can come with numerous benefits, but diving into a yoga class full of experienced yogis can seem like a lot of pressure. Thanks to the Internet, it’s a thousand times easier to do yoga at your home. Check out this list of 10 Best Youtube Channels for Beginners to find a yoga channel that works for you. If you are thinking about getting into yoga or need motivation continuing the practice, these tutorials are especially helpful. If you’re worried about accidentally injuring yourself, check out these Safety Tips for beginners.
2. Make Crafts Or DIY Projects
Is there a DIY project you’ve forgotten to try? Being crafty is sort of like being artsy, but if the final product sucks, it’s still okay! Who cares what it looks like? Find any random junk in your home and make something with it! Working with limited materials may challenge you to be more creative. Need some inspiration? Check out this list of Quick and Easy DIY Projects.
3. Play Charades
The one activity on this list that you can’t do on your own, because playing charades requires bonding with friends or family. It’s a real shame that people hardly play this game anymore. Charades is fun whether you’re at an awkward family reunion or drinking with a group of friends. All you need are some pens, paper, and the willingness to embarrass yourself in front of the people you love.
4. . . .Or Create Your Own Game
Have you ever had a groundbreaking idea for a unique twist on charades, a board game, or even a never-before-played drinking game? Just because you’re not the CEO of Hasbro doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot of innovative ideas. Coming up with your very own game could be the start of a new tradition. . . or even a successful business plan.
5. Reorganize Your Space
Okay, I know this is the least “fun” activity on this list, but the pay-off from organizing your stuff can feel better than sex. Regardless, you have to get it done before summer ends. Once classes start, you’ll have no time to donate all that junk to the Arc. Having a clean and decluttered space is essential for minimizing stress and maximizing motivation. Even if you’re near-hoarder status, just clear out one corner right now and you’ll feel much better. Who knows, you might discover exactly what you need to complete that DIY project.
6. Write Something Down
These days, everyone types on their phone or computer, but putting a pencil to paper and writing by hand can actually feel very soothing. If you’re not much of a poet or storyteller, you can write something as simple as a list. Writing out lists like “Ten Things I Did This Week” is a nearly effortless task that can help you be a more mindful person.
7. Take A Quick History Lesson
Have you ever felt the urge to brush up on history, mythology, psychology, or philosophy? Once again, Youtube is not only your friend, but also your guy, and your buddy. Check out the Crash Course channel on YouTube. If you love learning new things but hate being bored, the Crash Course videos may be perfect for you. They come with witty narrators and cute animations to keep the content interesting. These videos are great for exposing yourself to knowledge outside of your usual expertise.
However you choose to spend your downtime, you can always find self-improving activities that you enjoy.