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As more of us are practicing self-isolation and social distancing whilst our world goes remote it might be easy for some to find themselves wondering what to do with their time. And just in case you’re getting ‘ancy’ and feeling bored, don’t think there isn’t something you can do about it. There’s always something.
Keeping boredom at bay during our lockdown doesn’t have to be hard; it can be as fun and productive as you make it, as life was before we entered into troubled times.
So I thought I’d come up with some tips that might help you keep your sanity and heaven forbid, getting a case of locked-in-blues. And who knows you might learn new skills or create a new mindset or embrace your inner creative self that has been a bit neglected of late.
45 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Bored (With Links)
1.Organize something. Doesn’t have to be a huge project like your closet. Start with something small – maybe your sock drawer (yes I have one of those) or your underwear drawer. Maybe a bookshelf, or your pantry. Just don’t choose something so intimidating you’ll never begin to clear the clutter.
2.Make a wishlist. Things you want to do or get. List your goals, the things you dream of in life, places you’d like to visit, clothes you’d like to wear, meals you want to learn how to make, etc. Refer to these lists and add to them as you go.
3.Tone your body. You could begin with a small set of hand weights, these from Amazon work well for me.
4.Start a blog. WordPress has some super and beautiful templates. And it’s fun (most of the time). Let your creative mind wander and decide what you’d most like to write about or share with the world. Follow your passion.
5.FaceTime a friend. Maybe you text all the time, but there’s nothing like face to face contact. Find out about her tips for alleviating boredom or anxiety and you can share some of yours. Or just share what you’re up to these days.
6.Meditate. You can download a free app and follow along. I love the Headspace app. The free version of the app includes meditations and exercises led by Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe that will help with the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. For Android or IOS become more in tune with your body, heart, and mind. And no you really don’t have to sit in a yoga pose or on the floor!
6.Try your hand at needlepoint/cross stitch. I first tried one of these kits years ago when my husband was terminally ill. I found it soothing as I sat by his bedside. You can try a needlepoint for beginners kit. Which comes with the whole kit and caboodle – hoop and threads and all. Like this one. Very relaxing.
8.Start a garden. Even if you don’t have any outdoor space, get some herbs and an indoor planter and get that green thumb working. My mum used to grow the best tomatoes indoors. Really sweet and juicy. You can get everything you need online.
9.Write in your journal. If you don’t have one, start one. These are my favourites because the covers inspire me to write. You don’t have to be fancy, just write down what’s going on in life and how you feel about it. Might be something to keep for posterity.
10.Practice a little gratitude. If you’re not into writing so much, you can create an audio version.
11.Create a weekly meal plan. Keep your once -a -week grocery outing simple by having your meal plan organized for the week. I’ve done this for years which made life a whole lot easier over the years and now with a once a week trip to the grocery store it’s paying off big time.
12.Experiment with your hair. Something we all probably need to do as we’re no longer getting out hair cut or coloured or whatever you did with yours. Practice with a straight iron, or curl it up with a curling iron, or even try putting in some rollers. No, not your granny’s curlers, but these. See if you can find a new look.
13.Learn something new. Or something that you used to know, but forgot. Use your Google skills to learn about something unusual, the life cycle of orca whales, world geography, or how to make better use of Photoshop. Whatever floats your boat.
14.Clean your makeup brushes. This isn’t my favourite thing to do, but it’s a good idea to clean your makeup brushes regularly. Get a large bowl of soapy water and dunk them. Leave to soak for an hour or two then rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Air dry on a clean paper towel. Or regular towel if you’re saving your paper!
15.Lose yourself on Pinterest. Look for a new style. Or a theme for the party you’re going to throw to celebrate getting together with friends and family once again. Pinterest is full of ideas on all of these topics and so much more. Who knows you might find a brand new hobby to keep yourself occupied.
16.Learn flower arranging. There’s plenty of videos on this. Go to Trader Joe’s or a similar store next time you’re on your grocery trip and buy a bunch of affordable blooms in a color you love.Then enjoy the flowers in your home for the next week.
45 Things To Do When You’re Bored (With Links)
17.Offer your online company to a friend or neighbour. People get lonely and feel isolated…just having someone to chat with or listen to can make all the difference in a life.
18.Revisit your personal finances. I’ve become a total lover of YNAB or You Need a Budget. It’s the best thing I’ve ever used for keeping an eye on checking and savings accounts and where my money is going each week. Plus we get less surprises about things we forget to budget for. And in this time of financial need for us all, believe me when I say it can be a lifesaver. You can try it for free for thirty four days and then it’s a one time annual fee.
19.Relaxing Coloring Pages. Try adult coloring books where each page puts you into a relaxing world. Channelling your inner child is good therapy for us all. You can try this one 100 Amazing Patterns or if you feel inclined to curse right now, there’s even a Swear Word Coloring Book just for you.
20.Put together a care package. Design one for those who find it hard to get out. Think difficult to find items or little treats.
21.Watch a little TV. Give yourself permission to unwind in front of the television just don’t turn into a couch potato you’ll regret it later.
22.Go on a walk. Yep – this is allowed – just keep your distance from fellow walkers. Challenge yourself to walk a little more each day. Enjoy nature and if possible take a little time to smell those roses or at least enjoy whatever nature you can find.
23.Build a Lego. I kid you not. Check out the lego David Beckham built for his kids. How cool is that? And Lego is a perfect foil for a bored mind – kid or adult – plus you get the win at the end! Lego has launched a #Let’s Build Together Challenge for families at a loose end during our stay-at-home-time. My grandson and his dad loved this one. Or you can bend it like Beckham and try this one for size. Be warned this one is pretty pricy.
24.Clean out and update. Your apps, your inbox and whilst you’re at it, make sure you’re using the latest operating system on your computer and that your phone is up to date. I would add clean up your desktop. But maybe that’s just a suggestion for me, because mine is such a mess.
25.Visit Unroll.me and unsubscribe from all those emails you never read nor asked to get. (Be kind and leave mine, you never know there might be something really useful in there.)
26.Give your nails a treat. So we can’t get a professional to make our nails look lovely right now, but that doesn’t have to stop you from keeping them in great shape. Here’s a video on nail care hacks we all can use. And here’s a professional grooming nail kit for under $15 so you can get all you need to keep your nails healthy and good looking whilst you wait for your salon to open up again.
27.Wash your windows. I know it sounds even more boring than doing nothing, but honestly, when was the last time you washed your windows? Try one set at a time if you find it overwhelming. Grab some Windex and paper towels, and clean them up. My grandma used vinegar in a bucket of hot water and newspapers…and maybe that’ll work now in a pinch! And think of the clear view’s that await you!
28.Download the bitmoji app. If you haven’t already got it. Create your personalized emoji, and then send all your friends fun cartoon texts. Why not? Maybe because you’ll drive them crazy and they’ll return the favour. You choose if you’re willing to risk it!
29.Take a bubble bath. When was the last time you pampered yourself? Now you have some time. Chill out. Relax and sit in the bubbles. One of my grandmas used to take a book and a cigarette and take herself off and soak in the bath. You might want to forgo the cigarette, now that we know better.
30.Boost your brain. Sign up for a Luminosity account and play a couple of brain games. I found some of them pretty tricky…and I’m a big fan of Word Cookie that I play on my iphone – I like to take a break from being online and go…well online…but not working. What can I say, it feels different .Both have free versions.
31.Switch up your living space . Restyle your coffee table. Switch the lamps around or the furniture or rugs for a brand new look. Put your Himalayan salt lamp in a new place. And move your essential oil diffusers around. Especially important now we need to keep our air as clean as possible.
32.Practice Yoga. Deep breathing and some postures are a simple way to distract your mind. You don’t need a yoga mat. Do some simple stretches and breathing…there’s plenty of videos on youtube to help.
33.Make a vision board/book. It’s a simple tool to support your visualization practices. Inspirational and motivational collages serve as a picture of your desired future. They should represent your dreams, your desires, and your ideal life. Check out Jack Canfield’s site that also has a helpful video.
34.Do a mini workout. How about a mini sit-up video showing how to do sit-ups correctly. You can keep your lean body machine in good shape for health and well being whatever your age.
35.Send your parents a handwritten note. Both my parents are gone, so don’t get to do this. But if you do, pen a few lines, tell them what is going on in your life. Tell them you love them and are looking forward to seeing them soon. Mail it.
36.Take a power nap. There’s plenty of evidence that napping as an adult has many health benefits, especially in times of stress. Try it and see if a few z’s don’t do you a power of good.
37.Bake. Get yourself into the kitchen, even if you’ve never been a baker. You can easily whip up a simple banana bread with those bananas that are getting overly ripe before you get a chance to eat them. Who knows you might become a dab hand at making chocolate chip cookies that you can surprise your loved ones with.
38.Get to know your escape route. We live in a hurricane zone, maybe you’re more in the path of tornados, tsunamis or even earthquakes. Know what you’re supposed to do.
39.Switch up your computer or phone. Get a new theme or some new wallpaper. Make it fun. And see what other changes you can make to upgrade things. Maybe buying a new mouse and keyboard might not seem like much, but upgrading the devices you use to interact with your system is a relatively inexpensive upgrade well worth considering. If now isn’t the best time for even an inexpensive upgrade like this, write it down on your wishlist for later.
40.Clean out/clean up. When was the last time you cleaned your oven. I know it’s a rotten job that I tend to procrastinate on. There’s always something more important to do. But now the time is ideal. Same with the fridge, clean it up and sort out the shelves. It will feel great each time you open the doors.
41.Update. Your social media profiles. ‘Cos who has time to do this in the normal course of events? I’ve been revamping my pinterest boards and my bio for my website and working on the rest. How about you? If you haven’t recently updated anything, your social media profiles are an easy place to start
42.Create fresh morning and evening routines. We have had morning and evening routines in place for many years, and every now and then they need a do-over. Our brains stop getting involved because yes, your brain can get bored. If you don’t have any begin today. Each morning try a couple of 2 minute affirmations to set the tone for the day ahead. And somewhere in the late afternoon or early evening do a meditation. Guided or not. We like this one by Sadhguru.
43.Install a password manager. There’s plenty of encryption services that you can use on your computer – here’s a site listing some that have free options and tell you which ones are pretty safe and why. Link to best free password managers.
44.Look through old family photos or yearbooks. It’s a good thing to take some time and fondly remember experiences from the past. I still have plenty of old school photos in boxes. What can I say part of me is higher tech and part old school. And I enjoy them both.
45.Read a book. How about that book you bought ages ago and still haven’t picked up. Now’s the time. Or get inspired with some of the classic self-help inspirational books. Such as this one, or this. Or escape to a different world with a novel. Cosy up with book in hand, a warm blanket if it’s chilly in your part of the world and maybe a nice cup of tea (that would be for me!)
We are currently in an ever increasing challenging time of disruption, of much grief and many financial difficulties. Not to mention huge changes in the life of every one of us, but by remaining united and determined, I believe we will overcome. Till then, may some of these 45 things to do when you’re bored ease your way a little.
Meanwhile may you and yours be safe and well.