Know ways of dfun spending little and without leaving home it became one of the big questions for the UK residents. After all, the coronavirus (Covid-19) has constantly challenged us to maintain mental balance, health and daily leisure doses, all of which is safe.
Not to mention that the country's economy, which fell 4.4% on the third semester 2021, remains on alert. What makes us break our heads to ward off anxiety and bad mood without impacting the budget in a negative way.
Therefore, we have gathered 12 alternatives for you to have a good time with friends and family – and, the best: without opening your wallet! Check out our tips to have a lot more fun while spending little!
- Practice physical exercises
- Improve your cooking skills
- Do movie sessions or serial marathons at home
- Participate in online gambling
- Organize the home
- Watch artist lives
- Soak up some sun in the backyard or on the balcony
- Use and abuse video conferencing
- Travel without leaving home
- Dedicate yourself to self-care
- Follow some popular challenges on the internet
- Distract the kids with new leisure options
The importance of leisure in pandemic times
According to WHO, 9.3% of UK citizens have some anxiety disorder, and depression affects 5.8% of the population, these indexes speak for themselves just how much we need a distraction from our routines.
It is essential that we take care of our well-being (physical, emotional and financial), especially now, during the pandemic, so that we can get through this period in the best possible way.
And let's face it: in this period of isolation we have the opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones. So, it's good to unleash your creativity to have great moments of fun while spending little!
12 fun tips while spending little and without leaving home
1. Practice physical exercises
Health experts have long pointed out the physical and psychological benefits of practicing physical activities style=”font-weight: 400;”>. And look at the good news: you can do this without leaving the house.
No paying gym fees, or buying gym equipment. You can exercise according to your goals and still count on the help of professionals.
For example: Nike Training Club is an application (available for iOS and Android) that offers free training options (and more, in the paid version) and varied to focus on strength, flexibility and endurance, for example.
Another application is the Daily Yoga, which offers some free classes for Yoga practitioners of all levels of experience in this practice.
On YouTube, we can find diverse alternatives on the channel Exercise at Home. Another option is Instagram, the personal trainer Norton Mello has been doing daily lives – and free of charge – since the beginning of the pandemic in his profile, to help those who are obeying social isolation and also intends to focus on their quality of life during this period.
2. Improve your cooking skills
It is not new that digital channels, such as websites, YouTube and Instagram, have served to give an extra taste in the UK residents dish, with tips and practical recipes for everyday life.
And, believe me: there is fun spending little and gathering around the kitchen! The family can plan a themed evening with an international menu (with delicacies from Mexican or Arabic cuisine, for example) or even with a happy hour full of bar snacks.
For this, it is worth following some channels already famous for improving the culinary skills of the UK residents, such as the Rita Lobo's channel and also the VegetariRANGO, with practical options for those who have been reducing meat consumption.
Those who prefer to browse Instagram can find great sweet and savory recipes, with few ingredients, in Igor Rocha's channel.
3. Do movie sessions or serial marathons at home
Keep an eye on the programming of your pay TV, open TV or even the streaming services your family subscribes to.
Through them it is possible to make a series of cinema sessions or series marathons to please all ages!
With buckets of popcorn at your fingertips – or new recipes learned from one of the channels mentioned above – this is an excellent option for having fun spending little and bringing the whole family together.
4. Participate in online gambling
Whether in the video game or on the computer, take the opportunity to gather friends and relatives in online competitions that will take everyone's good hours of leisure.
And there is no lack of entertainment options, with games from:
- board games in digital versions.
Search the internet for free options or investments that fit the family budget, and make an appointment for everyone to have fun – even from a distance.
It is worth mentioning, however, that it is important to always keep an eye on your expenses to prevent the fun from being more expensive than your estimated budget. Still, you can make good use of our home economics tips style=”font-weight: 400;”> in a special post on the subject. Save your reading for as soon as you finish reading this article!
5. Organize the home
At first, this doesn’t seem like a fun activity, but it’s important to keep the environments organized, isn’t it?
So, the suggestion is: why not create scavenger hunts for everyone to clean the home and clean up the mess in the rooms?
It can be a treasure hunt whose tips for the next clue are shared as an environment is tidied up or even with small rewards for activities performed.
In this way, it joins the necessary with the fun. And it also creates a sense of organization in the kids and also in adults more familiar with the daily mess.
6. Watch artist lives
Most popular at the beginning of the pandemic and social isolation, lives are still on the rise. It is worthwhile to follow your favorite artists on social media and keep an eye on their schedule.
As soon as you start a live, here's a tip: connect your mobile device (such as your smartphone or tablet) to your TV – if it allows this connectivity – to enjoy the live on the big screen.
7. Soak up some sunshine in the backyard or on the balcony
A daily dose of sunlight is good for everyone, after all, vitamin D is essential for maintaining our health. So, take advantage of the morning or late afternoon sun to take a real bath of light.
And if the whole family is at home, make it a scheduled activity. It's a good time, even, to catch up and have some quality time with your relatives.
8. Use and abuse video conferencing
It doesn't matter if you live alone, with pets, with friends or with relatives: it is always good to extend social ties. AND videoconferences acquired thousands of new followers during the pandemic.
If you are looking for fun while spending little, events via videoconferencing are good alternatives. It is possible to celebrate birthdays from a distance, plan happy hours or even to miss the nostalgia of friends with good background music.
And look at the good news for those in love: you can set up a virtual meeting with the person you gave match in the relationships app.
9. Travel without leaving home
Many digital tools have been perfected in virtual tours in this period when social isolation has spread and borders have closed their doors.
You can visit museums, follow tourist attractions in real time or even admire renowned photographs and works of art through websites and / or applications.
One of them is the Google Arts and Culture, which explores historical events and artistic pieces for your appreciation from a distance. Among the museums that can be accessed through the platform, we indicate:
- Pinacoteca of São Paulo;
- Art Museum in New York
- Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece.
A G1 article from April, in fact, went further and brought the possibility to see live some of the most fascinating places and animals in the world without leaving home. Check it out, on this link!
10. Dedicate yourself to self-care
Make a spa at home. Relax to the sound of soothing audios or even establish a meditation routine. This all helps to relax and take care of your health, and you can still have fun smoothly and efficiently.
If meditation and breathing exercises are of interest to you, there are apps with free alternatives (and also with more complete and paid versions), such as Meditopia, The Calm it's the HeadSpace.
11. Follow some popular challenges on the internet
On the internet, you can find good ideas to stimulate creativity and, together with other people, spend time and still get benefits from it. And all of this can be found in the most popular challenges on the internet, did you know?
For example: youtubers and influencers on other social networks set a goal of 30 days of reading, 30 days of specific physical exercises or even 30 days of gratitude, among others.
It is worthwhile to follow the most popular influencers in your areas of interest, because there can always be good ways to distract yourself, connect with people who have the same interests as you, and even learn new skills and habits.
12. Distract the kids with new leisure options
Living with children means that you must take care of your health and well-being and also the quality of life style=”font-weight: 400;”> from them. And, many times, this can be challenging without messing with the budget and without getting bored quickly.
Keep an eye, then, on some people who have been successful with children and adolescents:
- Fafa Conta, who makes lives on Instagram for storytelling;
- Camila Genaro, with lives on Instagram;
- Mariane Bigio, an influencer who makes lots of lives with storytelling;
- Mother Who Reads, who always has lives on Instagram with storytelling;
- Kinedu, an application full of activities focused on child development.
In other words: a lot of fun spending little or nothing, and with enough diversity to distract the kids for a long time!
But it is good to remember that there are still many other activities to go through these uncertain times and add new healthy habits to the routine. So, if you have any tips that were not shared throughout this post, share it with us in the comments field, Right below!