Life isn’t all about work and obligations: it’s about enjoying the finer things. No matter the time of year, or how busy things may be, it’s always important to make time for yourself.
But when you finally do find you have time to spare, what do you do with it? You’ve been dreaming of a little you-time for ages, and now it’s finally here, you’re at a loss.
Fear not, for here is a handy list of ways to make the most of your free time, however brief it may be.
What is life without good food?
We should all try to be careful about what we eat, but if you can’t enjoy a slice of cake or a nice biscuit every now and then, what’s the point? You can try baking for yourself or, for a more immediate sugar rush, you can order a delicious dessert made by somebody else.
Desserts Delivered Bakery can deliver fresh baked cakes, biscuits, brownies or cheesecake direct to your front door within 24 hours. Just pop the kettle on and treat yourself to a steaming cup of tea and a slice of Victoria Sponge.
Take yourself on a date
You don’t need to wait for the perfect partner to enjoy a date night.
If there’s a new film, restaurant or museum you’ve been dying to try, go for it. It’s important to enjoy your own company. You’ll experience something new while getting to know yourself a bit better. And who knows? You may just meet someone new while you’re at it.
A lot of us spend our days stuck in front of a screen or on our feet inside. Change the pace in your free time by getting some fresh air and gentle exercise.
Immersing yourself in nature is a restorative experience, whether it’s a picnic in the forest, a stroll along the beach, or taking the dog for a walk to the park. When you get back home, you’ll feel like a new person.
A movie night
Inviting over friends for a movie night is a great way to host without stressing yourself out.
Pick a theme – horror, rom-com, Lord of the Rings marathon – ask your friends to bring snack and a bottle, and enjoy.
Early mornings, stress and stale office air can play havoc with your skin. Just like you, your skin appreciates some pampering on your days off.
Treat yourself to a good quality cleanser, moisturiser and face mask, to restore all the vitamins, minerals and moisture your skin loses during the working week. It’s highly therapeutic, and afterwards you’ll both look and feel so much better.
As life takes hold, most of us let reading fall by the wayside.
Remember how much you enjoyed reading and being read to when you were a child, then treat yourself by recapturing that feeling. Nothing compares to being completely engrossed in a good book, whether it’s a swooning romance, a spine-chilling thriller, or a fascinating non-fiction. Just make sure to pick the books you want to read, rather than the ones you feel you should read.
Learn a new skill
There are so many things we all wish we could do, if only we had the time: play an instrument, learn a language, paint, write a book, etc.
The thing is you do have the time. If you can motivate yourself to start, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. You could have a book written in a year of evenings and weekends; you can have learnt all your favourite piano riffs; you can have developed your portrait skills to the point where people can actually tell who the subject is.
You don’t have to do it for anyone else, but treat yourself by proving what you are capable of.