There are many different things you can do to get some downtime. If you’re bored or want to stimulate your brain, there is something for everyone. Here are my top 3 suggestions for the next time you want to unwind with a glass of wine.
Solitaire Turn 3
Playing Solitaire can sharpen the mind and exercise your brain to use skills like problem-solving. There are a few versions of solitaire that you can play. Although most card games are good, Solitaire 3 offers more of a challenge if you want to play Solitaire.
- 28 out of 52 cards are dealt in the Tableau. The remaining 24 cards go into the stockpile.
- In each of the 7 columns, the bottom-most card is facing up, making a total of 21 cards face down.
- The goal is to move all the cards to 4 empty foundation piles, one for each suit. Each foundation pile can hold the same suit of cards in numerical order from Ace to King.
- In order to reveal the face-down cards in the Tableau, you have to move the card that’s face-up to a column with a card of higher value and a different colour.
- If you need more cards, you can click on the stockpile. You will be dealt 3 new cards, however, you may only use the card that is at the top of the 3.
- If a column in the Tableau empties out, you may only place a King there.
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Read a book
I was never one to get lost in the plot of a book. Recently, I discovered that I just haven’t found the right books for me. Here is how to find the right book to help you drift into another reality.
- Find the right genre – do you like adventure? Romance? Mystery? Fiction or nonfiction?
- Pick which style of writing most peaks your interest. Do you like classic works or something more modern?
- Are there any books on your ‘must read’ list? If there are, go for it!
- Remember that this is supposed to be relaxing. If you’re not enjoying the book you started, then put it down and find another one which will help you unwind.
There is a trend nowadays to practice mindfulness – a meditation where you focus on what is going on in the moment without judgement. It helps unleash your curiosity and take everything in with kindness.
Here are some ways you can practice mindfulness:
- Dedicate some time – put aside some time for being mindful. This can be 30 minutes or even just 5 minutes.
- Observe the present – the goal is not to silence your thoughts, rather be aware of what is happening at the present moment, accept it, and let it go. Pay attention to small things going on like how your legs feel, what emotions you’re feeling, or what you’re breathing is like.
- Let judgements pass – when our mind is busy judging what’s going on, be aware of it and let it go.
- Be kind to yourself – when your mind wanders, don’t be upset that you weren’t mindful. Accept that it happened and resume thinking about the present.
The Take Away:
These are just a few different ways to help you unwind. Find which way is right for you and enjoy the break from our hectic reality.