Know ways to dIversion spending little and without leaving home has become one of the biggest issues for UK citizens. After all, the pandemic of coronavirus (Covid-19) has constantly challenged us to maintain mental balance, health and daily doses of leisure, all in safety.
Not to mention the country's economy, which fell 4.4% on the third semester 2021, remains in a state of alert. What makes us rack our brains to ward off anxiety and bad mood without negatively impacting the budget.
That's why we've put together 12 alternatives for you to have a good time with friends and family — and the best part: without opening your wallet! Check out our tips to have a lot more fun spending little!
- practice physical exercise
- Improve your cooking skills
- Make movie sessions or serial marathons at home
- Participate in online games
- organize the home
- Watch Artist Lives
- Soak up the sun in the backyard or on the porch
- Use and abuse videoconferences
- 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 times of pandemic
According to WHO, 9.3% of UK citizens have an anxiety disorder, and depression affects 5.8% of the population, these indices speak for themselves 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 spending little!
12 tips for spending little money and without leaving the house
1. Practice physical exercise
Health experts have long pointed out the physical and psychological benefits of practicing physical activities. And look what good news: you can do this without leaving the house.
No paying gym memberships, 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 app (available for iOS and Android) which 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 diversified alternatives on the channel Exercise at home. Another option is Instagram, the personal trainer Norton Mello has been doing daily lives — and free — since the beginning of the pandemic in its profile, to help those who are obeying social isolation and intends to also 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 UK citizens a little extra taste, 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 night with an international menu (with Mexican or Arabic delicacies, for example) or even a happy hour full of bar snacks.
For that, it's worth following some channels already famous for improving the UK residents's culinary skills, such as the Rita Lobo's channel and also the veggie RANGO, 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, at Igor Rocha channel.
3. Make movie sessions or serial marathons at home
Keep an eye on your pay TV, broadcast TV or even streaming services that your family subscribes to.
Through them it is possible to make a series of movie sessions or series marathons to please all ages!
With popcorn buckets at your fingertips — or new recipes learned in one of the channels mentioned above — this is an excellent option for spending little fun and bringing the whole family together.
4. Participate in online games
Whether in the video game or on the computer, take the opportunity to gather friends and relatives in online competitions that will take good hours of leisure from everyone.
And there is no shortage of entertainment options, with games from:
- board games in digital versions.
Search the internet for free options or those whose investments fit the family budget, and make an appointment so that everyone can have fun — even from a distance.
It is noteworthy, however, that it is important to always keep an eye on your expenses to avoid having the fun cost more than your budget. Still, you can make good use of our home economics tips 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 house and tidy up the mess in the rooms?
It can be a treasure hunt whose tips for the next clue are shared as an environment is fixed or even small rewards for activities performed.
In this way, the necessary is combined with the fun. And it also creates a sense of organization in the children and also in the adults who are more familiar with the mess in their daily lives.
6. Watch artist lives
Most popular at the beginning of the pandemic and the guidelines for social isolation, the lives are still up. It's worth keeping up with your favorite artists on social media and keeping an eye on their schedule.
Once 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. Get some sun in the backyard or on the porch
A daily dose of sunlight is good for everyone, after all, vitamin D is essential for maintaining our health. So, enjoy the morning or late afternoon sun to take a real bath in light.
And if the whole family is home, make it a scheduled activity. It's also a good time 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, friends or relatives: it's always good to extend social ties. AND videoconferencing acquired thousands of new adherents during the pandemic.
If you are looking for a little fun, videoconferencing events are a good alternative. It is possible to celebrate birthdays from a distance, plan happy hours or even to kill the longing for friends with good background music.
And look what good news for lovers: you can arrange 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 spread and borders closed their doors.
You can visit museums, follow sights in real time or even admire photographs and renowned works of art through websites and/or apps.
One of them is the Google Arts and Culture, which explores historical events and artistic pieces for your viewing at a distance. Among the museums that can be accessed through the platform, we indicate:
- São Paulo Art Gallery;
- Museum of Art in New York
- Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece.
A G1 article for the month of April even went further and brought the possibility of seeing 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
Do a spa at home. Relax to soothing audio or even establish a meditation routine. This all helps you 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 (as well as more complete and paid versions), such as Meditopia, O 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, pass the time and still benefit from it. And this can all be found in the most popular challenges on the internet, you know?
For example: YouTubers and influencers on other social networks set a goal of 30 days of reading, 30 days of specific exercise or even 30 days of gratitude, among others.
It's worth keeping up with the most popular influencers in your areas of interest, because there can always be good ways to distract yourself, connect with people who share your interests, 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 their health and well-being as well as quality of life from them. And often, this can be challenging without messing with the budget and without them getting bored quickly.
So, keep an eye on some people who have been successful with children and young people:
- Fafa Account, who does storytelling Instagram lives;
- Camila Genaro, with lives on Instagram;
- Mariane Bigio, an influencer who does a lot of storytelling lives;
- mother who reads, who always have Instagram lives with storytelling;
- Kinedu, an app full of activities focused on child development.
In other words: lots of fun spending little or nothing, and with enough diversity to entertain the kids for a long time!
But it's good to remember that there are still many more activities to go through these uncertain times and add new healthy habits to the routine. So if you have any tips that weren't shared throughout this post, share it with us in the comment field., Right below!
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