Whether taking a much deserved vacation from work, or sending your last child off to college, finding things to do to take up the new free time can be a daunting prospect. With that in mind, here are seven of the most popular things people do with their new found freedom.

Get a massage

There are more than a few types of massages out there, and the best one depends upon your needs at that moment. For instance: a deep-tissue massage has amazing benefits for blood flow and easing away pains from overexertion. Hot stone massages, on the other hand, are great for increasing energy flow through key points on the body and help to promote general relaxation. Even manicures, pedicures and facials have some massage elements. Although massages may seem to be a selfish expenditure, they are amazing tools for relaxation, which helps you deal with the people and situations around you in an easier manner. They also promote relaxation and can be of great help in the relief of stress and pain.

Do something you love

Is there something you have tinkered with for years but never had the time to truly devote to it? Well, now is that time. Choose a hobby that you enjoy, or if you are trying something fun, exciting and different, one that has components that you enjoy. Challenge yourself while still keeping yourself happy.

See a Foreign Flick

Foreign movies are often misunderstood. We tend to avoid them because we would have to read the subtitles, and that just looks like too much work for a lot of people. However, if the movie has had good reviews, reading the subtitles may be worth the effort. Perhaps the best thing about turning foreign movies into a hobby is that you have an option on how to watch them. You can either find them at a local movie theater, or rent them and watch them from the comfort of your own home. This can be especially helpful for anyone just starting with this hobby, since it provides the opportunity to pause and rewind if necessary.

Do charity work

When retirement hits, people commonly find ways to do work for people in need. Since there are needs that suit just about any interest, it is a highly personal and rewarding experience. This is also something that works wonders for anyone suffering from depression or self-pity, as it helps re-evaluate your own needs and gives a renewed sense of purpose.

Learn Something New

One of the most wonderful, and trying, things about the human brain is that it never stops incorporating information. One of the best ways to keep it occupied, and ward off boredom, is to learn something new. You can take night or weekend classes, or find how-to books, you can learn something that you've always wanted to, and you can often choose classes that suit your particular needs. Some of the most popular areas are: salsa dancing, cooking, and yoga.


This sounds like a no-brainer, right? Well, people do not always realize they are stressed and reasonably over-tired. Giving your body the chance to catch up on sleep, relax, and enjoy the free time is often the first thing that should be done. Spend a little time reading, and not doing much else.

Get Spa and Beauty Treatments

Much like massage, these treatments can be amazingly beneficial to all areas of life. Spa and beauty treatments can be very relaxing while they help your appearance. In fact, most spas offer relaxation services right along with the beauty treatments. For instance, you can try aromatherapy with your facial.