Whether you’ve just started up your own business or you’re doing the office grind for someone else, once you get home you have a limited amount of free time to yourself.

Indeed, you’ve got maybe 4 or 5 hours before you need to hit the hay and get a good night’s sleep for the morning again! And because of that, it’s best to experiment a little with the way you use your free time.

After all, the more you know about using it productively for your own health and benefit, the more enriched you’re going to feel about your work/life balance.

Even if you’ve only got a couple of hours to yourself every single day, you can still make the most of your free time without spending it all on the sofa! Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Listen to Your Body

The more you listen to your body, the healthier you’ll be. And when you’ve got some free time after work, it’s top priority to use it to focus on your own wellbeing.

Catch up on sleep, cook something with plenty of vegetables in, take a long, relaxing hot bath – your physical needs require addressing before anything else. Self care is good for you, so try not to feel guilty about this! 

Host an Evening

If you like cooking and hosting dinner parties, or you love gaming night with your best friends, or you’d love to fire up the BBQ more often, become the kind of person who puts on regular events for your loved ones.

Having friends and family over can help put a smile on your face and relax you after a long and hard day – it’ll certainly give you someone to complain to about the work you had to do! And if no one else in your circle is hosting evenings like these, use your free time to put some fun out into the world. 

Sure, a few people may not turn up for the first couple nights, but the more you do it, the more you’ll have guests to entertain. It’s always mood-boosting to know you’ve cheered someone else up; it’s not just you that has limited free time and a few bad days on the calendar! 

Stay Up to Date on Current Events

If you know what’s happening outside your door, you feel less isolated and alone, even when you’re self-employed and work remotely. So switch your television on and get some snacks ready – it’s not bad to mentally discharge after a long day by watching a bit of entertainment! 

Even if you don’t pay for cable channels, you can use live tv streaming sites to stay up to date when you’re doing something else; using the TV as background noise is a great way to multi-task. You don’t have to channel surf for hours and can use the time more productively as a result. 

Even when you’ve missed all the shows you wanted to watch, you can get online and catch up on demand. If you work the late shift, for example, you can get home and switch on the streaming service and handpick what you see.

This is great for making new friends if you’ve just got a new job; you can talk about your new favorite shows in the workplace the following day. 

Discharge Your Creative Energy

If you like to write or paint, sew or knit, woodwork or do some DIY, clear some time to pick up these creative hobbies after work. Your free time is nice for sitting down and taking a nap, or inviting someone over to have a takeaway with, but it’s also great for allowing yourself to creatively discharge. 

In much the same way you can use the TV to help clear your mind, you can use these hands-on skills to give your eyes a rest and your mind a boost.

Putting something together entirely out of your own making is a great boon for your self-esteem as well, and can help mould your confidence for the future.

Having a limited amount of free time after work seems to be a right of the modern age. And depending on how long you get before you’re up and working again, you’ve got to make the most of it!

So make sure you’re listening to your body, staying in touch with loved ones, keeping an eye on what’s going on in the world, and having some fun while you’re at it!