Heatwave: 25 things to do inside – when it's too hot to go out 4 months ago

Heatwave: 25 things to do inside – when it's too hot to go out

Guys, it's about to get scorching.

The temperatures are staying hot all weekend, with Monday and Tuesday predicted to reach over 30 degrees in several places around the country.

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The HSE has issued both skin cancer warnings and told us to stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest during mid-day – to avoid things like heat stroke and dehydration.

So what to do inside when it is roasting outside?

It's all too easy these days to just reach for our phones or tablets the minute we sit down – or have a bit of time on our hands. Mindlessly scrolling through TikTok videos or checking out Instagram reels can be an easy way to check out and decompress for a bit – but honestly, when you get those screen time usage reports on your iPhone, it can be a bit scary.

Spending an average of three-four hours a day on our screens might not seem like that much, but guys – add it up. How much of our one wild, precious life are we spending scrolling? I know – scary.

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However, this summer, I have promised myself to get a lot better at putting the phone away – and find other ways to spend my downtime. There are so many wonderful, fun, interesting, educational, relaxing and chilled-out things we can do with our time – even when we are stuck inside hiding from the sun.

Do a yoga flow

YouTube is filled with great ones to try, whether you are a seasoned yogi or have never done a Downward Dog or Sun Salutation before. Trust me – a few deep breaths and some stretches, and you'll feel so much better.

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Unsubscribe to e-mails

Anyone else gets stressed at the sheer amount of e-mails that tick into their inbox? Unsubscribe from all of your spam emails, and inbox zero is within your reach.

Pick a room or area of your house to organise

Starting small is a great way not to get so overwhelmed that you abandon the entire project. How about tackling your guest room? Underwear drawer? Kitchen presses? Bookshelf? You might get so inspired when you see how good it feels to have a tidy room/drawer/press/shelf, you'll keep going.

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Update your LinkedIn

Even if you are not currently looking for a new job, it makes sense to ensure your LinkedIn is up to date. Add in any courses you have done recently, projects you have managed or any other new and relevant information.

Cook a dish from one of your cookbooks (or Pinterest boards)

I love cookbooks, but often, after having flicked through them a few times when they are new, they are left to gather dust on a shelf. Which is why I have now challenged myself – Julie & Julia style – to attempt all the dishes in one of these books. Bored? Take out the book, and pick which dish you are doing today!

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Take a power nap

Sleep is a powerful way to feel better. Just make sure to set the alarm so you don't snooze for too long – then you'll end up feeling more groggy and less invigorated once you wake up.

Get up and stretch

Between working from home and staying home, many of us are not getting the movement our bodies need. Remedy this by trying to stretch several times throughout the day – even it is just a big arms-over-the-head stretch. Stretch out your legs, circle your ankles, stretch your wrists and fingers and even gently move your head from one shoulder to the other. Repeat as needed.

Plant something

There is actual evidence that growing something, be it rose bushed or basil plants, can actually make us happier.

Write down five things you are grateful for

Another surefire way to feel happier and more content is to count your blessings. It might sound a bit out there, but try it – you'll be surprised at the difference it makes starting to really take stock of all your riches.

Take a cool bath

Ever heard of Wim Hof – the 'ice man' himself? Look him up – and prepare to become a convert to cold baths and icy showers.

Declutter your wardrobe

Channel your inner Marie Kondo and take stock of your wardrobe – and aim to keep it that way. Toss, sell or donate anything you are not using or that doesn't fit anymore. Be ruthless.

Then, once left with only things you want to keep, fold, hang and organise – you will no doubt feel calmer and less stressed just looking at your lovely, clean wardrobe.

Listen to a funny podcast

Nothing like a good laugh to make you feel less bored.

Wash your windows

Sun shining in through your windows and you literally shudder at all the fingermarks and grime? Time to wash them. More light will be coming in through your windows once they are clean, and even a little thing like that can make a huge difference to your mood and happiness.

Make an iced latte at home

Iced lattes are the perfect way to cool down when you are hot – and bonus: You'll save a ton if you learn to make these at home!

Sign up for a course

Learning something new, whether it is macramé or how to improve your SEO skills, is always a good idea, and a surefire way to beat the old lockdown boredom.

Clean out your junk drawer

You know that drawer in your kitchen or bathroom or hallway chest-of-drawers that is forever a mess of phone chargers, empty tubes of lip balm, old receipts, sunglasses, ransom packet of Kleenex etc? Tackle it today.

Make lists

Lists always make me feel better and more organised. And the more organised and on top of things I feel, the better I handle just about anything life throws at me.

And the best bit? You can make lists for anything! Dishes you want to try cooking, places you want to travel, clothes you want to buy, people you want to reach out to – you name it, you can make a list for it.

Look up some book reviews and order some new books

Check out what other people have said of the books, use hashtags for reference and then, once you have done some research, order yourself some new books to read when you are feeling bored again.

Paint

Painting is soothing, fun and will spark your creative juices – the perfect thing to do when you feel like you don't know what to be doing with yourself.

Clean your makeup brushes

Needless to say, these should be cleaned regularly. However, most of us don't. But now is your chance. Grab your brushes, dunk them in a large cup filled with warm soapy water. Let soak for a while, rinse until the water runs clean, then let air dry on a tissue or clean towel.

Create a home office area

It looks like we will all be working from home for a while still, so we might as well make life easier on ourselves, and create a little space in our homes dedicated to work, no?

Treat yourself to a desk, a nice lamp and some office supplies, like a paper organised and other decorative bits that make you happy being in your office.

Make a meal plan for the week

Get the cookbooks out, then your calendar and shopping list. Now, make a plan for what you are going to cook for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks this week, then write down what you have to buy, and get it all up on your calendar. Now, you are ready to hit the shops!

Organise your paperwork

Old bills, letters, recipes, work notes, lists – it can all add up, and if you are anything like me, you tend to stick it all into a box or a drawer, and figure you'll deal with it someday when you have time.

Well, make that day today. Get everything out on the floor, and go through it. Toss what you don't need, reply to what needs replying to, file away papers you need to keep – and try to make a system so that you can easily find it again should you need it.

Deal with the photos on your phone

Yes, it's a big project for many of us (I currently have 12.000 photos on my phone – many of which I absolutely do not need to keep). But it will feel so amazing to get it down – not to mention how it will free up storage space on your phone!
Delete anything you don’t need. Sort, using the favourite button, and make a note if there are images you want to print and frame.

Take a walk after dark

Once the air cools down, what can be better than to get out and take a little walk? Walking before bedtime actually has all sorts of benefits, and you might find you'll have the best sleep of your life. Also – try to leave your phone at home – or, at least, in your pocket – and focus on taking in your surroundings instead.