Yes! It’s day 13 of our 30-day December personal development, #PM30DayChallenge, and being a lifehack Tuesday, as usual, I have a few tips up my sleeves for a fulfilling holiday. 😊
The holidays are a good reason to relax, recuperate, get off to a fresh start. On the other hand, if we’re being honest, the free time is also brilliant opportunity to do something useful.
So here are 20 interesting ideas for you to make sure your next break is unforgettable:
1. Do a huge jigsaw puzzle
Does anything beat sharing your time and efforts with your whole family? Not only do these activities strengthen your bonds, but they also help develop fine motor skills and memory. Don’t forget to put your piece of art in a pretty frame as a reminder of the time spent together.
2. Arrange a photo session
Every season holds great opportunities for open air photo shoots with your family and friends. Then, you can create a big collage out of the pictures you’ve taken!
3. Read, read, read!
The hustle and bustle of our everyday lives often leaves us no time to just sit and read a bit. Thankfully, the holiday season offers us a couple of nights to spend in the company of interesting books, articles, or magazines.
4. Have a karaoke night
Gather all your friends and sing all night long at the nearest karaoke club. You don’t have to sound like Whitney Houston to have fun at this event!
5. Go out and about
Try to go out from home for at least a couple of hours every day. Breathing fresh air fills the blood with oxygen, making you stronger and healthier and enhancing your thinking capability.
6. Have an art day
Indulge in some creative work early in the morning. Learn and sing a couple of songs, draw pictures, make a collage from photos and magazine pictures, do crafts out of clay or play dough, learn a dance or two… The choice is yours! This day will surely stay with you for a long, long time.
7. Visiting spree
There’s no better time to see every single relative and old friend than during the holidays. Invite somebody over or pay a visit to them, just do it each day.
Why not follow an impulse and go on a trip? It could be anything from the next town over, to an ancient city you’ve heard so much about, to a warm beach you’ve been dying to visit.
9. Have a spa day — at home!
Give your significant other a gift card to a day spa, or organize it at home. Get aroma oils, light the candles, switch on the music, prepare some refreshments, and relax together.
10. Learn some new recipes
Try to mark each day of the holidays with a new dish, cocktail, or dessert. Three birds with one stone: your loved ones are happy, your cooking skills improve, and your book of recipes grows.
11. Forget about work
You have several days to forget all about your job, colleagues, or unresolved issues. So do just that — relax and turn on the holiday mode for the whole break.
12. Hit the gym
Don’t worry if you’re not a member at the local gym, because you can workout at home. Find a good spot, switch on the beat, maybe load a YouTube video lesson, and spend the next few hours working out.
13. Have a movie day
Stock up on popcorn and other snacks, write down a list of movies you’ve been wanting to see, and take a day off everything else to have yourself a movie marathon.
14. Play board games
Remember the good old days of playing your favorite board games with the family? Whatever you choose, be it a classic, like Monopoly or Scrabble, the fast-paced Twister, or the immortal chess, you are guaranteed to have a good time.
15. Spend time outdoors
Depending on your location and the time of year, go skating with friends, sledding down a snowy slope, riding a bicycle, or swimming in a lake… There are few things in life that are better than these simple childhood activities.
16. Help those in need
Not everybody has family or friends to celebrate the holidays with. Help those less fortunate than you. Take toys and books you don’t need to an orphanage, walk a dog from a shelter, volunteer at a nursing home, or just take care of a stray cat. Make whatever contribution you can to help out.
17. Find a new job
Have you been thinking about changing your occupation? Holidays are as good of a time as any to make this wish come true. Begin searching for a new job: look through career openings you find interesting, create or edit your resume, and learn some new skills if need be.
18. Befriend your neighbors
Even if you don’t know who lives on the other side of the fence, bake some cookies or buy a cake, and pay them a neighborly visit. It’s never a bad idea to get acquainted with the people next door to you. You never know, they could end up being lifelong friends.
19. Explore your town
Become a tourist in your own town — visit places you have never been to before. Go to museums, theaters, exhibitions, or fairs. Make a list of sights to see and go cross them out!
20. Make plans — with yourself
Find some time in the holiday hullabaloo and plan some time for yourself: write down your goals for the year, month, or even a week and make them more vivid by adding pictures or inspiring quotes. Do that, and you’re one step closer to making everything come true!