Healthy Lifestyle: 25 Tips to Celebrate your Leisure Time

1. Spend time with your better half

Healthy Lifestyle: 25 Tips to Celebrate your Leisure Time

Both my husband and I were solo entrepreneurs working from home. Being in the same building the whole day is no guarantee you really connect to each other. Nowadays, after our move to Spain, we still spend a lot of time solo in our study rooms. Every day we make it an effort to do things together with full attention for each other.

2. Leisure time playing

Play a game with your (grand)kid, a friend or with the neighbor kid. Fool around with things you find. Try to remember what the movements were of old nursery rhymes and relive them.

3. Sauna

Go to the sauna. This can be a quick visit for one or two hours. Or make it a whole day with some beauty treatments or solarium tanning.

4. Visit a museum

The other day I made an eBook about how to prepare for a museum visit (receive a free copy). I simply love art and exhibitions. And you get much more out of it if you prepare a little bit on forehand.

5. Party

Organize a party. Invite some friends or do it on your own.

6. Take a hike

In the summer one of the massive events in Holland is the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, the Walk of the World. Four days of walking 30, 40 or 50 km. Every year scientists investigate a specific group of hikers. For instance diabetics or people with a weak heart. It is obvious that any kind of movement is good for a healthy lifestyle.

7. Sport

Sometimes that can be a hike, but it can also be: swimming, nordic walking, biking or running.

8. Take up a hobby

Knit, make ceramics, paint, scrapbook, anything. Some are so serious about a hobby, it’s not an activity in their spare time anymore but work. 🙂

Books are great for leisure time

9. Read a book

I read about two to three books a week. They’re books about marketing, internet or personal development. And novels or crimis. I read “The Circle” by Dave Eggers the other day about the influence of social media. I can really recommend that one. Do you know an interesting title for me to read?

10. Visit a friend

In Holland it’s not a custom to visit friends unexpectedly. You call to make an appointment. Isn’t that a pity? We are living too shortly in Spain to know the drill over here. But we are finding our way around, who knows what will happen.

11. Meditate

Do you meditate? Whenever I sit down my mind wanders off in all kind of directions. I don’t know what it is to think about nothing. But I will keep on trying.

Skill to do comes of doing

12. Make a drawing

Many people are convinced they can’t draw. That is such a pity, because the result is they don’t even try. Sure, not everyone will be an artist, but it’s my conviction everyone can draw. And as with any skill, you’ll get better with practice.

13. Watch television

If you have one, that is. We don’t have a television anymore, but at times I watch Dutch or Spanish television on the computer.

14. Work in the garden

I guess this is my way of meditating, removing the weeds in the garden. I love seeing my seedlings grow. And we both water the plants every morning, giving us a lot of satisfaction.

15. Go to the beach

You can do many things on the beach. Hiking, standing barefoot in the surf or building a sandcastle. We’re happy to live closer to the sea than we did in the Netherlands. Although I do miss the lovely Dutch sand beaches. The biggest advantage over here is we can take the grandchildren to the beach and I love to play with them in the sand.

16. Take a nap

Hm, it’s a long time ago I did that during the day.

17. Bake a pie

My mother had a great recipe for apple pie. Brings back good memories. Another advantage of baking your own pie is that you can replace the sugar by honey or stevia, which is healthier.

Photographing things around you

18. Take pictures

I enjoyed myself tremendously taking pictures as illustrations for this blog. Don’t limit yourself capturing only festivities, but also shoot something simple you find in the house or outside on the street.

19. Listen to music

Sometimes I try to listen to types of music I am not familiar with. Most of the time I listen to opera or world music.

20. Make music

You don’t need an instrument to make music. Your voice is always there. As are your hands; you can clap them or drum on the table. Be creative.

21. Do nothing

My husband is very good in this, I am not. Definitely something I should practice more.

22. Go to the movie

Sure, you can watch movies on the television, but the experience is way different on a huge screen.

Leisure time on a terrace

23. Sit on a terrace and watch other people

It’s great to spend time outdoors. I heard they have banned smoking on the terraces in Holland which would be an extra perk for me.

24. Go away for a day

Combine several of the activities mentioned above and spend a whole day somewhere else.

25. How do you spend your leisure time?

This list definitely can be longer.
Tell me in the commentbox below: what is your tip for spending leisure time?

4 thoughts on “Healthy Lifestyle: 25 Tips to Celebrate your Leisure Time”

  1. Long walk with the dogs, spending time in the parc with my sons, walking through unknow cities with my parents, wife and sons, train or go to events of Muay Thai, enjoying some time in the swimming pool.
    Great blog Hannie

  2. Travel by train. You can watch out of the window because you don’t have to drive yourself.
    Go to the theater. Albeit there are only very few things I like. Opera. Ballet.
    Shop. For me this means moving from one shop to another without buying anything. I wouldn’t know what to buy. Except books. But I promised I will only buy electronic books.
    Farm. Now and then I help a friend who has a couple of fields where he produces organic vegetables and herbs.


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