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When I was a kid, somebody told me that it was good to be bored. They told me that boredom makes you more creative when it comes to finding things to do. This allowed me to come up with lots of ideas. However, I discovered many of them had to do with being in public.
So, about a month and a half ago when the first confirmed case of Covid19 was announced where I am, and I gladly took it upon myself to practice social distancing, I felt a bit out of sorts. I have to admit I was scared of what may happen, knowing what was going on in other countries. I had extra anxiety due to the fact that I can see the hospital from my backyard.
Then I realized that this was an opportunity to work on myself even more than I have been for the last year. So I quit watching the news and checking my social media so often, and got to work. After a few days, I got bored, so I got creative and made a list of things that I can do, and decided to share it with you.
Deep clean the house
I’m sure we all do the straightening up; dishes, laundry, etc., on a regular basis. However, when was the last time you cleaned out the linen closet, or under the bathroom sink? When was the last time you wiped down the outside of the kitchen cabinets? It may not sound like the most fun thing to do, but it creates a feeling of accomplishment that can help other things feel more fun.
Rearrange a room
Changing up your space can be therapeutic in a sense. Or perhaps you have a smaller space like my family and just want the energies to flow better. Either way, it can make your home feel like a whole new place while passing the time.
Take some online courses
One motto I live by is, if you’re not learning you’re dead. In an odd sort of way, it’s true. Fortunately, there are many options for taking classes online. My personal favorite is Udemy. In fact, I am currently learning how to do this blog using a class I found on Udemy.
Udemy offers many different types of courses. There are low-cost classes and some are even free. If you would like to check out some free courses, go to Learnviral and sign up for emails. They send out an email several times a week with free course coupons for Udemy.
Pick up a new hobby or do one you already have
In my house, arts and crafts are a big thing. I also like to sew. These are just a few examples of hobbies that exist. You can find ideas for new hobbies or projects for existing hobbies on Pinterest, Youtube, and Google. Have fun with it!
Start a cause
If there is something that you really care about, like homelessness or an illness, and want to help you can create a cause. There are many ways to do this. There is GoFundMe, and even Facebook causes. These are just for donations, but if you are skilled in additional ways you can even create events, work with research companies, and beyond. The options are limitless.
A friend of mine regularly starts causes. Just the other day she started a fund for her neighbors that were ravished by a massive tornado.
Read a book
Books are a great way to keep the mind working well. On top of that, you can do all sorts of things with books, like travel (in your head, of course), be someone else, or learn how to do something.
I have a mini library in my house, but I understand that is not the case for everyone, and at this time getting books may be difficult. However, there are plenty of ways to read still.
Amazon offers a free Kindle app that you can download on pretty much any device. If you have Amazon Prime you can get free books that are available, or you can search for the types of books you want and change the order from “most relevant” to “price: low to high”. Then you can read all you want!
Getting the body moving helps you stay healthy and is good for the mood. I personally like yoga, because it doesn’t cause much muscle stiffness the next day. There are many ways to find videos for all sorts of workouts, but I find Youtube to be the easiest one to use.
Meditate or visualize
If you don’t know what meditation is, it is where you slow your mind commonly by focusing on the breath. This is a very simplified description. However, it can be useful when you’re bored because it allows you to be in the moment.
Visualization is a step further. While meditating, you picture in your head what you want to see. It can be a lot of fun to visualize yourself somewhere else, kind of like your own virtual reality.
Write in a journal
Boredom can be mentally straining. Journaling allows you to let it all out in a healthy way. You can write anything it, from how you are feeling for the day to ideas that could potentially change the world as we know it. You could even make multiple journals based on what you want to write about.
Make a vision board or journal
In a sense, a vision board or journal is similar to a regular journal. However, it takes on a life of its own. This is where you take the things that you picture yourself achieving in life and find visual representations of them, such as clippings from magazines, and put them on the board or in the journal. It can be for anything; a house, a car, a successful business, a happy family, etc.
Call a friend or family member
Being stuck at home can be taxing, especially if you are alone. Calling someone offers the ability to be somewhat social without actually being with that person. Even if you don’t feel lonely because you live with others, it can be beneficial to the person that you call. For example, my Mom lives by herself in another state. I call her every other day so that she has someone to talk to.
Play a video game on a system or your phone
Video games can offer hours of fun. My family likes to play video games on the Nintendo Switch together. The cool thing about video games is that it is versatile. You can play together in person, or online. Or you can just play by yourself.
Play a board game
Board games are a fun way to pass time if you have at least one other person with you. Some take longer to play. I have found that Monopoly usually lasts a long time, and makes it easy to forget about everything else for a while.
Have a movie marathon
When you are bored, but you really don’t want to think too hard, movie marathons could be the answer. They are entertaining, and can also create a sense of happiness if you choose feel-good movies.
Pop up some popcorn, sit back in your comfy clothes and enjoy!
There is a reason that so many kids enjoy coloring. It gives you the chance to be creative and in a way forces you to practice focusing on the moment at hand. It can also be soothing if you are feeling anxious.
Have a dance party
Dancing gets the body moving and releases endorphins. It’s a cardio workout that is fun!
If you are living with other people, it is a great activity for quality time.
Make a tutorial video
This is good if you have a skill that you can explain in an easy to understand manner. It could be about whatever you like. You could even upload it to Youtube if you like.
Creating video tutorials not only helps you pass the time, but it can help others find enjoyment as well when you share it online.
Make some petty cash
Who doesn’t like some extra money? If you’re at a loss of things to pass the time, taking a few surveys could be useful. I have many sites and apps that I like to use, but this is not a money blog, so I am going to give you my top two. Neither will make you rich, but they sure can help with Christmas gifts while defeating the feeling of boredom.
Swagbucks has surveys all the time, and for the first 5 or so, you get one swagbuck even if you don’t qualify. The cool thing about Swagbucks is that they have many other offers, so you can make a reasonable amount of petty cash on it.
SurveyJunkie is my second favorite site. They have surveys most of the time, and you can qualify for a decent amount of them. The best part about them is that they give you two to three cents even if you do not qualify.
Find a new recipe to try
This may be a bit difficult if you are reading this while we are still practicing social distancing and stay-at-home orders due to the fact that some stores are running low on many things. However, it is a great time to pick out some recipes for when things go to the new normal. You never know what the new favorite recipe will be.
Have a home spa day
Everyone needs a day to treat themselves. What better than doing all the things you would at a spa at home. Not only is this great for a day that you are bored, but any day that you just want to feel pampered. The best part is that it can be done for a fraction of the cost that a spa would be.
Look at pictures that make you happy
Taking a trip down memory lane can be a fun way to pass the time. With access to digital devices, photos are everywhere. I still like to pull out the old school photo albums and show the kids what they looked like as babies.
There are so many more things that can be done. I would love to hear any suggestions. Leave your comments and let me know what you do when you are bored at home.