As the social media generation, we’re used to people criticizing how to we choose to spend our spare time. We must have read dozens of different articles finding fault with the number of hours we ‘waste’ scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and although most of this is blown out of all proportion, most of us would like to spend a little less time on our phones.
Unfortunately, ending up glued to our screens is a habit that’s all too easy to fall into. We’ve all done it – we start out taking a quick glance and suddenly hours have passed and we’re stuck down some YouTube rabbit hole, with no real desire to find our way out.
The trick to combating this? You need to find some more enjoyable things to do instead. Here are three ideas to get you started.
Break out the board games
We can already hear you sighing, but sometimes retro entertainments exist for a reason. In the days before smartphones came along, people had to occupy themselves somehow, and it’s surprising how fun some vintage board games can be. Scrabble, Monopoly, Cluedo… there are so many of them to choose from that there has to be at least one you’ll enjoy, and the best part is that it’s an excuse to get your friends over. Send a message to your WhatsApp group, buy in some drinks and snacks, and get ready to break out the board games. By the end of the evening, we guarantee you’ll already have the next one planned.
Dice with fortune
So, you prefer to spend your evenings on your own and with the chance to unwind? That doesn’t mean you have to be bored. There are lots of solo entertainments to try, and if you’re stuck for something to do, you might want to think of giving them a go. We’re talking, of course, about online gaming, and there are numerous directory sites out there that can help you to find a reliable and reputable provider. From classic slots such as Lobstermania, which is popular all around the world, through to poker, sports betting, and more; there are dozens of different ways to test your luck and while away your time. You might even get lucky and win something.
Start a book club
We know it might sound a little bit nerdy, but if you’re a self-professed bookworm, have you ever thought about sharing your passion with others? Starting a book club is a great opportunity to talk about something you really enjoy, and it’s an ideal incentive for making more time for reading in general. There are lots of lists out there to help you with choosing suitable material, and they’re a good way to stumble across some new reads for yourself too. Pick out something that seems both enjoyable and thought-provoking, schedule in your first meet-up, and be sure to get wine and snacks in. Once you’ve hosted one, you’ll love it way too much to stop there.
Tell us, which of these options sounds like the most enjoyable way to spend your evening?