30 Fun ideas for your downtime

Sedruola Maruska | Personal Development Coach

One of the goals I have for 2020 is to do 20 things I’ve never done before, or that I haven’t done in a long time. That means pushing myself to be creative with downtime.

Do you know the main question I get asked when I tell people they need more downtime?

“What am I going to do?”

As strange as it seems, most of us (me included) are at a loss when it comes to ideas for playing!

We know that playing helps stimulate our creative brains so when we return to work, we’re clearer, more productive and more creative in our solutions. But we either don’t take enough downtime or, when we do, we’re lost.

Yesterday I took an afternoon nap

Taking time off for play is great self-care. Taking a coffee break or a reading break is great, but sometimes our systems needs more. That’s where play comes in!

Here’s a list of fun activities to consider for so you can fully enjoy your downtime making everything else seem easier to manage.

Downtime Activities

Bowling – Go alone, with one friend of make it an impromptu party! No matter how you do it, bowling is always fun.

Glass Blowing – Learn or watch. Glass blowing is an amazing art form that more of us need to experience in some way.

Skydiving – I did this last year! I thought my fear of heights was going to give me a heart attack as soon as I got on the plane. But it didn’t even kick in! It was an incredible experience that I want everyone to try just once.

Adult Indoor playground – Yes, they actually do exist! You may need to search a bit, but finding one and indulging in plain old running around. . . priceless!

Escape Room – If you’re still not familiar with an escape room, please find one and enjoy! If you’re into mysteries or puzzles, this is an ultimate escape for you.

Golfing – Take a day to golf or to learn how to golf. Either way you can’t beat being outside, walking and communing. Go with friends to make it more fun!

Sushi Making Class – Love Sushi? Me too! Thing is, sometimes going out for sushi isn’t an option, so why not take a class and learn to make your own?

30 Fun ideas for your downtime | Sedruola Maruska

Wine Making Class – Yes, you can learn to make your own wine! A quick Google search can help with this.

Roller / Ice Skating – Remember when you were a kid and you used to skate all the time? Well, dust off your skills and go again!

Skiing / Snowboarding – I rediscovered skiing after not being on a slope in 17 years! My fear of heights did kick in, but I kicked it in the face as I challenged myself to do the 2nd level slopes. . . what about you?

Museum Visiting – Art, science, history, whatever type of museum fits your desires, get out and enjoy. It’s not an active option (unless, of course, you count all the walking) but it’s one that will certainly stimulate your creativity and take you away from the norm.

How well do you know yourself?

Aquarium Visiting – Same as visiting a museum but the exhibits are alive.

Amusement Park – They’re not just for kids. They’re for anyone ready and willing to have an adventure!

Make Your Own Beer – If you’re a beer drinker then making your own beer will certainly get your spirit flowing!

Whale Watching – It’s not an active option, but it’s one that will shift your perspective by shifting your surroundings.

Fishing – There are various types of fishing, pick on and go for it! Relax your mind, body and soul.

Paintball – My son and husband went to do this and they loved it! Dress accordingly and enjoy a fun time of getting to your goal.

Stock / Luxury Car Racing/Driving– I need to do this! If you love to drive and you’d like to experience speed or luxury, this is definitely for you.

Go Karting – Indoor or outdoor, this is the younger sibling to stock car racing. Want to rev up your downtime, get in a go kart!

Horseback Riding – Riding in the great outdoors, priceless. Don’t wait to go on vacation to do this. It’s a weekend day trip that will shift your perspective.

Crochet / Knitting Class – I crochet and I have taught crochet. I’m also a knitter. I know how relaxing these activities are for anyone. Trust me, it can be addictive!

Paint & Wine – Going out and having wine while paining is on my list. . . with friends!

Craft a Brew Home Pinot Grigio Making Kit – Easy Beginners with Ingredients and Supplies – Ultimate Wine Brewing

Ceramics – Throw, paint and enjoy. This is an activity that can be for the whole family.

Salsa / Ballroom / Hip Hop Dance Classes – Taking a dance class, or learning via YouTube (like my daughter & I are doing) is fun, great exercise and great for when you want to go dancing!

Whitewater Rafting – This summer, this is on our list! I’m thinking it’s an adventure we’ve got to try!

Rock Wall Climbing – Before you go into the great outdoors to do some climbing, get on an indoor rock wall and try your chops.

Theater – There’s nothing like seeing a great play to take you out of your personal reality and push you to a new world.

Photography Class / Workshop – Taking a photography class will help you take better photos all around. Learning small tips and tricks will certainly encourage you to practice what you’ve learned whenever the opportunity comes along.

Adult Sports League (soccer, baseball, football, martial arts, etc) – Join a sports league in your community!

Archery – It’s not as easy as it looks. Take a class and find out how you can get really good at it!

Gun Range – Learning to use a gun is empowering and fun. Using a gun is not as easy as it looks in the movies so go learn.

Stained Glass Making – An artsy activity that gives beautiful, unique results.

The list could go on, but instead I’m going to challenge you to pick 5 things from this list and put them on your calendar to do this year. You’ll be surprised at how much clearer you’ll feel, how productive you’ll be, and how creative you’ll feel. You’ll even start discovering more things you can do!

Take time off, it’s the best way to reach your goals faster.

Now we’re cooking

Sedruola Maruska | Personal Development Coach

I started cooking yesterday. It’s not that I’ve never cooked in all my 50 years, it’s that yesterday, I started cooking with purpose.

Finding time to connect with my parents has been a challenge. With two kids, a dog, a husband, homeschool, extra-curricular activities and building a business it always seems so hard to just stop.

My parents live ten minutes away, but unless we’re dropping off or picking up the kids we don’t see them except for special occasions.

“Sleep: The Secret to Increased Productivity”

When a loved one passes on, do you ever wish you’d made more of an effort to spend more time with them? I’ve looked death in the face and realized, now is the time.

I decided to not make any more excuses and do something that’s important to me. Spending more time with my parents.

I’m 50 so they’re in their 70’s. I’d love for them to be around forever, but that’s not gonna happen. So the time to enjoy their presence is now, while they’re healthy and present in this life.

Sedruola Maruska | Leisure Life Coach

My dad is an amazing cook! He’s also Haitian so the Haitian food he makes has cultural significance for both him and me. I can cook some Haitian meals, but not many. So last week I asked my dad if we could do this project together.

So yesterday, my dad and I started cooking lessons. We made my favorite rice. He gave me the ingredients, how to prep and how to cook to get it just right. I wrote out the recipe and followed the instructions completely.

The rice turned out yummy. But the best part was the process. Being able to spend time with my parents, cooking, talking, laughing & sharing.

I visited with them for three hours. Leisure time well spent. Nothing to do but be present with my parents sharing time.

Next week we’re cooking fish.

Ladies, it’s time to play!

Sedruola Maruska | Personal Development Coach

When was the last time you took time to play?

I’m a mom of two, a wife, a business builder with aging parents and cancer. I know how hectic and overwhelming life can get. I also know that taking time to play is mandatory.

Did you know that play actually makes you more intelligent? It does! According to this interview with Dr. Martin Korte play promotes brain development by creating new synapses. According to my daughter it “makes more wrinkles in your brain.”

Basically, when we stop playing, our brains don’t work as well or as hard. That means, we find tasks more challenging, and frustrating. Could it lead to burnout? I’d say yes, but I’m no scientist.

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People who keep playing throughout their life will continue to feel the benefit, because play always means thinking things over, learning something new, concentrating on something.

Dr. Martin Korte

Why you should play

In the last eight months I’ve thought about and done more play than I have in many years. Why? Because keeping a positive state of mind, being able to enjoy life and self-care depend on it.

Building a business that asks women to slow down, take leisure time so they can be more productive means I too need to do the same. Believe me, I have. It’s the reason I decided to make leisure (play) my platform.

We all live in a constant state of stress which can overproduce the hormone Cortisol. Which can lead to a weakened immune system, or high blood pressure. I’m not trying to scare you, but these things are serious.

Most of the time we’re stressed about things that could easily be let go. But we’re so focused on looking or acting a certain way we make ourselves sick. . . literally.

So, it’s time to play.

Epic water balloon and water gun fight, white water rafting, parasailing are all new items that have been added to my bucket list. Along with those are games with my family, more parties and quality time with friends.

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Let’s create a synapse revolution! Let’s lower our cortisol levels to normal, boost our dopamine, build our immunity and lower our blood pressure.

In the end, it’s the fun we’ve had along the way to making an impact that we’ll truly remember and cherish.

It’s time to play!