TEN THINGS TO DO IF ADULT LIFE IS GETTING YOU DOWN
By Kelly Davies
Adult life is terrifying; especially when you are a university student. With the endless list of deadlines, meetings and bills, it’s not uncommon for people to wish that they were kids again. So, here are some slightly childish boredom busters, perfect for escaping the adult world.
Build a blanket fort/den
In the words of Blue Peter, ‘here is one I made earlier.’
All you need is a couple of things to hold it up (clothes horses, chairs, tripods, anything goes) and lots of blankets. Then just move in your pillows, quilts, cuddly teddies and food. Simple!
Binge watch childhood cartoons
Whether you were into Pokémon or Pinky and The Brain, the cartoons we watched growing up were pretty awesome. Now, thanks to Netlfix, Youtube and Amazon Prime, it is easier than ever to binge watch any shows from your childhood. All together now…”I wanna be the very best, like no-one ever was…”
Go on Google
Google is wonderful. You can search for everything from cookie recipes to the meaning of live. However, something really awesome happens when you type in the search box ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far far away’. I won’t give anything away, but it’ll give you a warm fuzzy feeling.
Bake some cookies
Remember the days of coming home to freshly baked cookies? Well, BBC food some great recipes and this awesome recipe that makes cookies that taste just like the ones from Millie’s Cookies.
You just need:
- 125g butter, softened
- 100g light brown soft sugar
- 125g caster sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 225g self-raising flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 200g chocolate chips
From there cream the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Then add the vanilla extract and egg.
Finally sieve the flour and salt before adding it to the mixture and stirring. Shape into balls and then bake in a preheated oven 180oC for 7-10 minutes dependant of how chewy you want your cookies.
I’ve tried this recipe and it tastes AMAZING! For the full recipe click here.
Play Paint Twister
Everybody knows at least one friend who has Twister. Now, Twister is fun and all…but there’s a much messier version of everyone’s favourite childhood game and it’s just as fun.
What you’ll need:
- A variation of twister (not that Twister Dance though) that you don’t mind getting messy.
- Washable paints in the respective colours (most versions will be red, green, blue and yellow, but check the twister mat that you are using.)
What you do:
Simply play twister as normal and then hope you’re by a shower.
Visit a toyshop (and buy something for yourself with no shame)
We all loved going to the Toy-Shop as children. So, head into your local Toy-store and have a look at what the kids of today are playing with. Then buy something, because you’re never too old to play with toys!
Watch Disney films
Yes, I know that you can watch Disney films regardless of what age you are. However, nobody can argue that Disney films are essentially a 60-90 minute cuddle. Here are some of my favourite:
- The Little Mermaid
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Lion King
- Aladdin (RIP Robin Williams)
Create a throwback playlist
Spotify has made it easier than ever to create a throwback playlist. Of course this will vary on each person, but these are 10 songs in my throwback playlist:
- Everybody (Backstreet Back) – The Backstreet boys.
- What is Love (baby don’t hurt me) – Haddaway
- Pokémon theme tune
- Here and Now – Steps
- Reach – S Club 7
- Living on a prayer – Bon Jovi
- Cartoon Heroes – Aqua
- Bye Bye Bye – NSync
- What I go to School for – Busted
- 5 Colours in her hair – McFly
Plan a Trip to Disneyland
Ok, you might be skint, but you could still try to convince the squad that a trip to Disneyland is a really really good idea. Just think of all the Instagram photos that you’ll have.
Have a pillow fight.
You just need pillows, that’s it. Grab some friends and declare a pillow war, I mean, how else are you going to release all that stress?