The holidays are finally here, and while some of us plan on using our week off to sleep in all day and recharge our batteries, you might just be the type to take advantage of the long break to hone your hobbies or pickup a new skill. Either way, we’re here to help you get your productivity going especially if you easily get bored when you’re not doing anything.
Here are five fun activities that you might want to consider taking up this holiday break.
1. Read a book
Haven't had the time to read for pleasure in a while because of work or school? The holiday break is the perfect time for you to finally get back into your bookworm habits. That said, if you're brain's just not ready yet to dive straight into a heavy read, you can always pick up a light and easy one like An Italian Gigolo in the City. This snappy, yet riveting and steamy tell all by a male escort named Raoul Rossetti will surely keep you warm and away from the winter blues. Looking to give the memoir a chance? You can download a free copy of the book's first chapter below!
2. Learn a new language
If you've always wanted to take up a new language, then why not use your free time as an opportunity to start? There are bunch of language learning apps out there from Duolingo, to Memrise, to LinguaLift. Apart from phone apps though, Youtube is also an ideal place to learn, specially if you work best with a tutor. For K-drama fanatics hoping to one day keep up with their favorite shows without subtitles, check out this list of Korean language teachers who offer basic classes on YouTube.
3. Pick up a new hobby
Want to channel your inner Nam Do-san? How about picking up a needle and learning to knit all your problems away? The hobby itself has been proven to be an effective de-stresser. According to English physiotherapist Betsan Corkhill those "who had been sluggish, stressed and depressed were able to soothe themselves through knitting. The more they knitted, the less worried and fearful they became."
Watch the full video below for a beginner's guide to knitting.
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4. Start journaling
If you've always wanted an avenue for all of your creative outbursts and word vomits, then maybe it's high time you start journaling. The best part? It's not just for mindlessly writing down your thoughts. A study conducted by Harvard Business School actually found that "participants who journaled at the end of the day had a 25% increase in performance when compared with a control group who did not journal." Hence, proving the positive effects of reflecting on your thoughts and writing them down.
Watch the video below for tips on journaling for beginners.
5. Binge-watch Netflix
Hey, if you're idea of staying productive during the holiday break is finally getting to those Netflix TV series you've been putting off, then you do you! After all, there's nothing more relaxing then sitting back and enjoying a good show while you munch on your favorite snacks. That said, if you feel like streaming away but have no idea where to start, check out our list of the best Netflix shows we saw this 2020. Alternatively, if you're searching for Christmas or New Years films to get you into the holiday mood, then we've got you covered with this selection here.