Just Breathe: Affordable Indoor Activities to Get Your Mind in Vacation Mode

Do you ever find yourself stressed out right before a vacation? Maybe you worry about all of the things you need to take care of before you leave, or maybe you’re just worried that it won’t be as fun and relaxing as you want it to be. If this is the case, then maybe you just need to breathe and take a small vacation from your worries.

Vacations are meant to be fun, so if you’re stressed out about it, perhaps you should relax your mind when you have some free time. There are plenty of things you can do to relax that are cheap and can be done right inside your home, so you’ll be in the right frame of mind when it comes to heading out of town and enjoying your vacation.


You are planning on eating anyway, right? Why not take the opportunity to turn something that you do everyday into a relaxing, creative endeavour that not only reduces stress, but makes your house smell wonderful at the same time.

There are tons of free recipe sites that give you step-by-step instructions to cooking wonderful dishes. All you need to do is buy the ingredients. Have a favorite dish at a great restaurant? Why not try to emulate it in your own home? With just a few essential cooking utensils, you can create almost anything you would want, all for a small price.

Not only will your stomach thank you for learning, you may find yourself more relaxed and ready for that vacation, especially if you cook something inspired by your destination.


Adults all over the world are taking this favorite childhood pastime and reinventing it as a way to kill stress after a long day. When you think about it, what’s more relaxing than sitting in a comfy chair and creating a cool work of art that’s not that hard to do?

And if you have a smartphone or tablet, you can download the Coloring Book for Me & Mandala app for free and you won’t even need to buy supplies. The app gives you all of the tools you need to create cool designs and relax anywhere you want to. Once you’re finished, you can instantly share your creations with your friends and family.

Learn an Instrument

You can find used musical equipment at pawn shops and music stores for cheap, so why not try your hand at learning an instrument?

The many benefits of learning an instrument have been well documented. Maybe what you need to get ready for that vacation is a little creative time to yourself, strumming a guitar or learning the hand positions on a piano. The simple fact is that once you actually learn how to play, you will have a skill to help you manage stress for the rest of your life.

If you’re having trouble getting into “vacation mode,” try one of these hobbies to see if it helps.

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Mommy Iris

I'm a lifestyle and mommy blogger from the Philippines. Pinay Ads was created to share bits and pieces of my life and my family. I have a wide array of interests that include entertainment, movies, music, gadgets, traveling, food, baking, and more. So, I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy reading!