Despite the appeal of infinite shows just a click away, watching Netflix for hours on end can become tiring. And when watching Netflix shows is becoming a laborious activity, you know you’ve reached ultimate boredom. So, to help you steer away from the boredom and find new ways to fill your time, we’ve made a list of new activities to try instead of watching Netflix.
Traditional yet fulfilling: gardening. It may not be your first choice in activities, but it may very well be the pastime you were always looking for. Treat your garden like the living thing it is; supply a fruitful environment to grow, provide sufficient water and make sure your plants get enough daylight. They’ll treat you in return with beautiful flowers and maybe even some edible stuff. So until you’ve tried growing plants from scratch, don’t discard gardening as a waste of time.
Cookies, cakes or pie – the process of baking is always worth your while, if not for the rewarding deliciousness at the end. If your baking turns out as planned that is. But even when things take a turn for the worse when in the oven, it’s still the effort that counts. So when you’ve finished watching all the baking championships on Netflix, have a go at it yourself! You may discover an unknown talent for baking. Or not, that’s fine too, as long as you enjoy the process.
Homebrewing is a thing. Nearly every self-respecting man or woman has a kit installed in their garage, basement, shed or whatever space was left to occupy with a full-on home brewing set. Yet it’s not surprising, because brewing your own beer from home is fun! The delicate process requires patience, skill and a little love to succeed. Moreover, you’re free to experiment with flavours and alcohol percentages to seek the perfect balance. Home brewing takes up plenty of time so you won’t ever be bored again for the next couple of months.
- Arts and crafts
Thought arts and crafts were old-fashioned? That might be, but if it provides you with enough joy to forget about that last episode you watched and makes you fully indulge in crocheting a potholder, who cares? Think about nothing other than what you’re working on and put your heart and soul into your next craft. By replacing a habit of always buying new stuff with upcycled things such as clothes even contributes to a better environment and a sustainable lifestyle. Whatever sort of arts and crafts has your interest, just experiment and see what brings you peace of mind.
Games are becoming more and more advanced with graphics indistinguishable from real-life footage and gameplay exceeding our imagination. Besides the regular story games available for different consoles, there are plenty of online games out there to replace your Netflix addiction. Besides, gaming is not just a pastime, it can even positively stimulate your brain to get more creative, focused or coordinated. So your brain’s happy too!
When there’s still no activity that truly replaces the relaxation of binging Netflix shows, try yoga. It’s known for being relaxing yet you’re able to make it as challenging as you want. Activities like power yoga or pilates trigger your muscles, balance and more to improve your health, posture and mental wellbeing. Something Netflix isn’t able to do for sure! Moreover, yoga deals with breathing techniques, muscle enhancement, flexibility and stamina – all contributing to a healthy body and mind. With thousands of home yoga workouts online, there’s options in abundance.
Switch to new ways
Step away from Netflix and find a new hobby to occupy yourself with. It can be extremely rewarding to break your old habits and indulge yourself in new activities that broaden your scope and introduce you to new experiences. If the list above isn’t what you’re looking for, just keep searching for an activity that does suit you.