Italian weekends in winter season can be very rainy and boring, especially for Australians and overseas people who always look for something incentivising their creative minds.
So, I was looking around my parents' house for any ideas to get involve with my brain and I came up with these domestic activities.
1. Play the piano.
If you have any instrument that you have left over the years, then try to play it again! Of course, you might be rusty at it, but engaging one hour of your time will make you feel happier and proud of your re-evaluated musical skills.
For example, I play my piano sometimes and it always gives me joy as well as to increase my self-esteem.
2. Solve jigsaw puzzles. You can seize the moment and go back to the puzzle you have abandoned on the table and try to solve it. Hopefully you would have a big one of about 5000 pieces as this one below, so you can exercise patience, reflection, concentration and eye-for-detail attitude.
It really helps when you have to carefully focus on different colour hues to solve particular sections of the game.
3. Board Games. Speaking similarly of intellectual board games, why don't you invite a group of friends and pass a couple of hours playing chess and checkers? It would help your brain's energies flow and your social life, instead of being all day playing computer or any other screen games.
I believe this kind of old habits revival is still a good and evergreen pastime activity we should not to forget.
Involve your former group of friends in arts and crafts activities such as scrapbooking and creating Christmas or Easter decorations with coloured beads.
Introducing your acquaintances into scrap-booking craft would also be a fun way to a path of a new business challenge. If in Australia and America this hobby is popular and renowned also in economic terms – as I met a few Kaszazz Consultants in Sydney and Melbourne – you will able to try to establish the culture in this Country too.
5. Dealing with Beads.
Regarding the shapes made by beads, I saw a friend of mine making animals, fabulous doilies, Christmas hangings and containers with the plastic pearls and the results were simply astonishing.
Then, I saw similar objects at the Christmas Markets and my mind started to think to master this ability in the upcoming year during dead moments (for example rainy or days or when having the flu) and try to sell them in my free time.
Meditate would also be a relaxing and intense option. As you feel more comfortable in Yoga, Buddhism practice and so on, try to disconnect yourself from reality and discover your inner self. Just enjoy the silence and detox your mind from technology and any source of acoustic pollution. Your body and soul will be grateful to you for such an experience!
7. Fashion Resetting.
Reorganise your wardrobe by colours and types of garments. It may sound silly, but it is a relaxing and precise way to test your fashion awareness and, above all, your organisational attitude.
You will discover bunches of clothes and shoes you do not use (or did ever use) and, in this sense, try to sell the entire surplus in a flea market and donate the proceeds to a charity association. Thus, your closet would turn up in a helpful way.
8.Read, read and read. I bet there is a whole pile of book somewhere in your house, hidden in out-of-reach wooden shelves.
So, before the moths start to eat all the precious paper, move yourself, wipe the dusty covers and begin to nourish your fantasy with letters. Learn and improve new vocabulary and phrasing, hence, you might even become a good writer yourself.
9.Paint your emotions and feelings into canvas and colour your environment with the always state-of-the-art temperas and brushes. Who knows, maybe one day we will find your works into an exhibition: surely, for now this activity will keep yourself away from the food in your pantry. Everyone knows that when we are bored we tend to eat much more.