There’s no shame in being bored. Whenever you find yourself with not so much to do — or not so many places to go this days — it’s natural to get a bit uneasy.
The first day or so is gold: you sleep in, enjoy a luxurious breakfast, and, of course, watch your favorite TV shows. But then, it happens.
You run through all the best movies on Netflix, find yourself pacing between the fridge and the couch, and the walls start to feel a little closer than they were before. You’ve started feeling bored.
Here’s a master list of things to do when you’re bored, hope this helps!
Play a board game. Turn off the TV and challenge the family to a board game. Introduce the kids to a classic like Chutes N Ladders or Monopoly, or try a newer one like Settlers of Catan that you can all learn together.
Put together an epic puzzle. When you’ve got lots of time on your hands, get your hands busy. It’ll take your mind off boredom, and completing a big puzzle feels great.
Watch a rom-com marathon. We’ll admit it, romantic comedies have stolen our hearts.
Sing along to some Disney songs. Get your endorphins flowing by taking it back to childhood. Belt out your favorite musical hits from Disney movies!
Plan your next getaway. Don’t just daydream about getting away from it all. Do one better and actually look up plane tickets and hotel rooms.
Build a fort. Kids know this already: The couch cushions or a few chairs and blankets make an awesome wonderland. Embrace your inner child, or let your kids show you the way.
Get a workout in. You don’t need a gym membership to sweat it out. Pull on your favorite leggings, choose a workout app, and get your blood moving.
Write a letter. In the age of text messages and FaceTime, we don’t write out our feelings in long form. Get out some nice paper and spread some love to a friend or family member.
Watch a sports game. No sports on TV? Queue up some classic old games.
Call a friend. If you’re usually a text person, pick up the phone or video call a faraway friend. The extra connection really makes you feel closer.
Watch a performance. Instead of turning on Netflix, watch an online opera, ballet, or symphony.
Learn a new language. Thanks to apps like Duolingo, you can stretch your mental muscles wherever you are.
Watch a movie solo. Getting whatever snacks you want, hoarding the couch, and laughing or crying as loud as you want: Movies make an excellent date for one.
Have a dance party. Turn on some tunes and get those socks hoppin’. Throw it back with oldies from your glory days or find some hot new stuff to shake your booty.
Learn a dance. Download the Tik Tok app and challenge yourself to learn one of the trending dances everyone is doing.
Play a video game. If you don’t have a gaming console, try some of the fun new games that are added to the app store on your phone every day.
Paint your nails. Create an at-home spa experience with a mani-pedi. Choose a trending summer hue, add an interesting design, and finish it off with a shiny top coat.
Take a bubble bath. Embrace your free time with a mountain of bubbles and a few drops of essential oils. Bring a good book in there with you, if you don’t mind it getting a tad damp.
Do a face mask. For a quick pick-me-up, apply a nourishing face mask. You can choose one to target a number of issues, including dry skin, acne, or to brighten up a dull complexion. Whatever ails you, there’s a mask for that.
Start journaling. Time will fly by as you jot down your thoughts in a journal. If you want to go even deeper, venture into the artistic world of bullet journals
Listen to a meditation video. When your mind starts to spiral, turn it inward. Mediation videos can easily guide you through mindful exercises and techniques to reach inner peace.
Try living room yoga. In addition to strengthening your whole body, yoga helps center your mind. You can do it at home with no equipment using a free app, too.
Do Zumba. There’s something about this structured dance party that is sure to lift your spirits.
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