One of the major benefits of carpooling is having extra time to do whatever you want. The kids are out of the house, and you no longer have to wait in long car lines. So how do you spend your free time? You finally get to relax or take up a new hobby. The Figure8 team came up with 10 free time activity ideas you can use while the kids are carpooling to school and activities.
1. Make Dinner
Once the workday has ended, it always seems like there’s no time left to cook a decent meal. You now have the chance to make that recipe on Pinterest you have been eyeing for some time. Try out some new recipes on Epicurious!
2. Catch Up On Your Favorite TV Series
We all have that favorite show we love to binge watch but don’t always have time for. The new spare time allows you to sit down, grab a snack and enjoy a few episodes.
3. Meet With A Friend
Remember that old friend of yours that you haven’t spoken to in years? It’s time to give them a call and catch up over a cup of coffee.
4. Take A Nap
One thing we can never get enough of is sleep. An extra 20 minutes of sleep can make all the difference. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a quick nap around 20-30 minutes can improve your mood, alertness and performance. Do yourself a favor and get in some z’s.
When’s the last time you had the chance to cozy up with a good book? Studies show reading reduces stress and improves memory and concentration. You can grab a magazine or a book off the shelf while your kids are occupied.
6. Go work out
Another good way to pass the time could be getting a workout in. You could do a workout video at home, go on a run through the neighborhood or make a trip to the gym. Even if you only have 10 minutes or less, you could get in a 7-minute workout with Fitness Blender!
7. Make A Craft
For those of you who are crafty, this extra free time gives you the opportunity to create something new. You could build a birdhouse, make a new piece of furniture or paint a new decoration for the living room.
Taking a few minutes to relax and focus on your mind can benefit you in many ways. Studies show that meditation can reduce anxiety and depression while positively impacting your mind as a whole. Try the app Headspace to get some instant Zen!
Helping out the community is a productive way to spend your spare time. You could reach out to your local food pantry, animal rescue shelter or local library to give a helpful hand. For example, using VolunteerMatch, you can find volunteering opportunities near you.
10. Learn Something New
You’re never too old to learn something new. You could take an online course (like MasterClass!), sign up for a cooking class or join an art class.
So what are you waiting for? Open the app and set up a carpool so you can have some more free time! You can even set up a community of parents for your child’s sports team to find easy carpool matches.