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Alcohol-free activites

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Sports and fitness

Walk

The benefits of a simple 30-minute walk are pretty impressive – fitness, heart and bone health, weight loss and lifting your mood are just some.

Do a 5k running challenge

Build up your running skills and test yourself by entering a 5k event – go further if you’re already fit!

Walk a dog

Borrow one if you don’t have one. Borrowmydoggy.com can help you to find you a dog to borrow!

Join or make a team

Join or start a five-a-side football team, try netball, hurling or tag rugby. Or just go to the park for a kickabout.

 

Chilling

Box set binge

Research some top-rated series and pick your favourite

Have a home movie night

Pick a classic or a new release. Don’t forget the popcorn!

Late lunch

Go out for a weekend brunch or make a big fry-up for your friends or family.

Do a jigsaw

Surprisingly satisfying!

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Family time

Go for a family outing

Walk on the beach, go to the park or check out local free events for children.

Make some quality time

Stay at home with your kids and do whatever they want to do – kick a ball outside, read stories, play a game or watch a movie together.

Learn something new

Pick a recipe and bake something or pick a craft project to do together.

Fun

Have a karaoke night

Find backing tracks on Youtube and sing along, or go to a Karaoke bar.

Jump around

Try trampolining at a jump zone.

Laugh

See a comedy show.

Play

Organise a board game night with friends or your family.

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Get smarter

Read

Get lost in a good book or join a book club.

Treat yourself to your favourite magazine

Take some time out to read it.

Go to an exhibition

 Lots of museums are free – check out what’s on.

Brain training

Do a crossword or Sudoku, play chess or word games online or join a chess club.

Solve a mystery

Do an escape room challenge.

 

Pamper and beauty

Treat yourself

Have a spa night with your friends. Paint your nails, have a pedicure or try out make-up styles. Get in a beautician or do it yourself.

A relaxing soak

Have a long bath – bubbles, candles and music make it even better.

Smile!

Go for a makeover and photoshoot session.

 

Good for the soul

Volunteer

There are all kinds of opportunities – how about a motor-racing marshall, theatre usher or therapy dog handler? www.volunteer.ie is a good place to find something interesting.

Do some random acts of kindness

Pay for someone’s coffee, give someone flowers or do a job for someone.

Donate

Give the money you save to a favourite cause.

Good for the mind

Learn how to meditate or go to a class

Meditation is brilliant for relaxation and mental health.

Go for a mindfulness walk

Concentrate on the smells, sights and sounds, to really appreciate nature and peace of mind.

Try yoga

Find videos online or go to a class.

Keep a diary

It’s good for mental health, and it can be fascinating to look back on after a few years.

Appreciate the simple things

Get up early to watch the sunrise, watch children play or take a few minutes to count your blessings.

Try something daring

Driving challenges

Go for an off-road 4x4 jeep trek, rally driving or quad biking.

Water fun

Try kite surfing, rafting, gorge-walking, wake-boarding or windsurfing.

Hit the heights

Rock-climbing, abseiling or high ropes.

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