Calm Fun

Calm Fun: Some Ideas

Television/Movies

  • For Humor: Comedies/Stand up 
  • For Light-hearted: Animation/Kid programming
  • For Emoting: Dramas
  • For Distraction: Anything

Reading

  • Join a book club
  • Overdrive (free audible library books)
  • Audible (paid subscription for audio books)
  • Substack (online platform for writers)
  • Stroll a bookstore
  • Inspirational/Religious texts
  • Fun magazines
  • Book about a hobby
  • Work/Educational
  • Graphic Novels/Comcis
  • Poetry
  • Children’s books
  • Workbook/Guided Journal

Podcasts/News/Music

  • Spotify
  • iTunes.com
  • Stitcher.com
  • YouTube
  • Ted.com (Ted Talks)
  • Make a personal playlist for different moods
  • Nature sounds
  • ASMR sounds

Phone Apps/Games

  • Board games
  • Sudoku/Crosswords/Puzzles
  • Words With Friends
  • Online/SIMS games

Creativity 

  • Hobbies
  • Writing
  • Cooking/Bake/Canning & preserves
  • Meal prep, freezer meals
  • Crafts/Art
  • Adult Coloring Book/Mandalas
  • Holiday Festivities 
  • Learn/Play instrument
  • Photographing
  • Knit/Crochet/Needlepoint
  • Make cards/Write letters
  • Woodworking/Refinishing furniture
  • Setting up home gadgets
  • Collage/Vision Board/Pinterest/Scrapbooking
  • Self-Portraits
  • Memory Box (Loss)
  • Inspiration Box (Quotes, Letters, etc)
  • Hope Box (Goals)
  • Legacy Box (Yours)
  • Redecorate your living & work spaces
  • Painting rocks & leave for others to find
  • Altars for meditation
  • Gardening
  • Paint Nails/Haircut
  • Courage jewelry/Touchstones (symbolic objects you carry with you)/Crystals

Learn a Skill/Hobby

  • YouTube
  • Master Class
  • Udemy.com
  • Coursera.org
  • Community College course or audit a college class
  • Language app/class (e.g. Lingoda, Verbal Planet, Rosetta Stone, DuoLingo)

Home

  • Use your vacation/sick days to rest. If possible, plan a mental health day one day every month.
  • Start a collection of anything you delight in
  • Prune and donate any unnecessary items
  • List simple joys/favorites (e.g. meals, restaurants, places to relax or have fun)- and do more of them
  • Plan a trip to the mountains/forest/where seasons change
  • Create a daily decompression routine; Make a plan to sleep in and rest; Make a plant to wake up early to get a jump start
  • Create slideshow on your watch/computer of happy/inspiriting pics/memes
  • Set up a tent, fort, curtain inside or outside to create a new space
  • Rocking chair, sit on porch, hammock
  • Read to a loved one or read the same book as someone to talk about later

Going Out

  • Go on a date with yourself
  • Take off your shoes & walk in the grass or beach sand
  • Visit theme park during slow season
  • Go for a drive (e.g. windows down & music up)/Mini-travel/Travel
  • Window shop
  • Simple Task/Errand
  • Buy some new clothes (within budget)
  • Get a professional hairdresser/makeup artist for a new look
  • Spa: massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, etc
  • Gun range
  • Fishing
  • Go on a picnic or to your favorite restaurant
  • Shoot pool
  • Art/History museum/Aquarium/Zoo
  • Bowling
  • Arcade

Backpack of supplies:

For when away from home or if you need to leave home to calm down

  • Books
  • Downloaded Music/Podcasts
  • Journal/Coloring pencils
  • Gym clothes/Outdoor gear
  • Blanket or comforting sweater
  • Water bottle/Snacks/Etc