The weather doesn’t always cooperate, which means sometimes you just don’t feel like going outside. When you feel like spending the day indoors, there are plenty of things you can do to keep busy. You’ll never get bored!
Join a Book Club
At Bria Communities, residents have the opportunity to join or create book clubs, which are a fantastic way to stay busy all year round. The regular meetings give people a chance to meet up with friends and chat about the book. It’s always interesting to hear how others react to the story and it can lead to some fascinating discussions.
Book clubs are also the perfect way to meet new friends. When everyone is reading the same book, there is always plenty to talk about with everyone. (It’s like a built in icebreaker!) Of course, being part of a book club will keep you busy outside of the meetings too. It’s fun to dive into a great story and get lost in a new world.
Get Creative and Crafty
When the colder weather arrives, it means the holiday season is just around the corner. The holidays are perfect for crafting, since you can use your time to create wonderful personalized gifts for loved ones.
Of course, crafting is something you can do all year long. It gives you the chance to learn a new skill, or even teach one to a friend. Knit a scarf, crochet a hat, paint a nature scene, or draw a still life – find an activity that lets you express yourself and makes you feel happy and relaxed.
Get in on a Games Night
Group games are pretty much always guaranteed to entertain. If you feel extra social and a little more bold, active games like Charades and Pictionary are quite fun. Both let players get up and move around, which is a great way to sneak some more light exercise into your day. You also get extra health benefits from all the laughter – it’s the best part of these games!
If you want to keep it more low key, get a group together and sit around the table for a game of cards. Card games are a great way to socialize, since they give you the chance to chat while you play. There are tons of different games out there, and most can be played in pairs or larger groups. A few to test out are Poker, Rummy, Canasta, Bridge, and Cribbage.
For something in between, gather a group together for some board games. These games are a great way to challenge your brain while also having fun. Word games like Scrabble are fantastic for keeping the mind sharp, and are perfect for families to play together. Games of skill are ideal for those with a competitive spirit who like to take the time to carefully consider moves; think Chess, Checkers, and Backgammon.
Get Up and Get Moving Together
When the weather isn’t ideal, you might find that you don’t get as much exercise as you normally would. However, it’s important to make exercise a priority and keep your activity levels up even on the days you can’t get outside.
If you like to take walks outside, look for ways to bring your walking workout indoors. If it’s too hot, too cold, or too rainy out, you can take a trip to the mall and get your steps in as you window shop. In fact, many malls organize mall walking clubs, which give you the chance to take your walks with a group.
You could also find a gentle routine you can do on your own with a video and minimal equipment, or join an exercise class if you prefer a group setting. At Bria Communities, we offer seniors a variety of fun classes and activity groups, designed to make exercise fun and easily accessible.
Relax and Enjoy Some Quiet Time
Sometimes you just need a little time to yourself, and there are tons of ways to keep busy on your own. Sit down with an activity book filled with crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Not only will these keep you entertained, but they’re also great for keeping those synapses firing. Or if you like cards, play a few hands of solitaire. It can be quite challenging and entertaining on a quiet day.