If you’re anything like us, you probably spend the majority of your evenings curled up on the sofa watching Netflix. Gone are the days when you were a wild, young singleton who spent their weekdays in cocktail bars and their weekends on the town. Now, your preferred form of entertainment is binge-watching the next big thing on your favourite streaming service, with a cup of tea in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other.
But don’t you ever get bored of doing the same thing over and over? If so, you’re not alone, which is why we wrote this article. Should you find yourself in need of some entertainment inspiration, here are three things to try when you’re ready to turn off the TV.
Break out the board games
We know, we know – it sounds a bit nerdy. But some of the coolest people around are big fans of board games, from Woody Harrelson to Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Banks. In fact, in our humble opinion, there’s a reason they’ve been keeping people occupied for the last five millennia, and it’s because they’re a whole lot of fun, especially if you get some friends around to enjoy them together. If Monopoly and Cluedo aren’t your style, there’s always something a little higher risk instead, like roulette or blackjack. Online providers such as Betfair Casino have a huge collection to choose from, from old classics to the very latest releases, which means you can keep yourself entertained for hours on end.
Bury your head in a book
Most of us don’t read as much as we want to. According to a study carried out in 2015 – reported in Smithsonian.com – 27 percent of adults hadn’t opened a book in the last year, despite research suggesting that it improves open-mindedness and creativity, boosts your chances of professional success, and is even linked to living longer. If you’re among this number, why not change that? Devote a few of the hours you usually spend in front of the television to opening up a novel instead and let yourself become immersed in its pages. Not only will it make you feel better about yourself, but we guarantee that you’ll genuinely enjoy your newfound bookworm status.
Teach yourself a hobby online
If you really like the idea of self-improvement, why stop at reducing the hours you spend in front of your TV screen? Another way to entertain yourself come evening is to learn a new hobby, and if you don’t want to spend more or step outside your front door after seven, you can do this online. YouTube is a treasure trove of tutorials, so whether you’re an aspiring yogi or a karateka in the making, you’ll find plenty of educational material to help get you going. Here are just a few of the places you might want to look for inspiration.
So, for the nauseous of Netflix, looking for something new to do – which of these ideas will you try first? Let us know in the comments below!