10 Ways to Beat Boredom
If you’re being responsible and staying home (because why would you not want to help flatten the curve?) then you might be climbing the walls and feeling a bit bored. Don’t panic! My list of 10 ways to beat boredom has got some ideas for you. Please know that I am in no way diminishing the severity of the current situation and am also not referring to essential employees (respect, y’all!) when talking about choosing to leave the house. Also note: I’m not a parent which means that I have absolutely no idea how difficult it must to balance kids in the mix. Hang in there, friends – I see you.
Back to boredom: you might be ready to pull your hair out due to boredom. Or you might be maximizing your newly found free time by not wearing pants (hey, they can’t tell on your conference call) and binging Netflix. Regardless of what side of the spectrum you fall on you should check out my list of 10 ways to beat boredom for some inspiration!
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1. Foster a Pet
If you’re going to be home more why not take the time to help out an animal in need? Many rescues and shelters have to cut back on their volunteer and staff which means in a lot of cases that they’re looking to either adopt or temporary foster the animals in their care. If you don’t typically have time for a pet now’s your chance! You’ll feel less lonely with a furry friend hanging out and it’ll make a massive difference in that animal’s life. You might even end up like me, the notorious Foster Fail, where we ended up keeping the last little love that was going to “just stay until he finds a forever home.”
2. Get in the Kitchen
Now’s a great time to visit the kitchen, whether you love to cook or are intimidated by the microwave! You can deep clean your pantry or fridge (seriously, how long have those condiments been in there?). You can try a new recipe, bake some bread or challenge yourself to make a meal out of random things found while cleaning your pantry or fridge/freezer. This past week I’ve made granola, farro salad, tortillas, lentil soup and udon all from items I had in my kitchen.
3. Get Crafty
Anyone else have a half knitted scarf laying around from last year? Just me then? Ok, but you get my point. Pick up an old craft project you’d put aside for lack of time. Knitting, crocheting, calligraphy, painting, sewing, scrap booking, wood burning, bedazzling – whatever floats your boat. I have a hand lettering kit I’m going to break out and maybe, just maybe, I’ll finish that scarf by this summer.
4. Take a Virtual Tour
Don’t let the fact that everything is closed get you down! Now’s actually a really great time to get a virtual peek at somewhere you might not otherwise get the chance to visit. Yellowstone Park (or the NPS in general – they have quite a few parks available for virtual tour!), the Louvre, Spain’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and more! You can also check out Google’s Arts & Culture collection and the Van Gogh Museum.
5. Learn Something New
Got a bit more time on your hands lately? How about learning something new! Studying a new language is a great place to start – check out Duolingo or Babbel (click here to get a free month!). You can also check out this list from Afar on the best podcasts for learning a new language at any stage. Don’t know how to cook? Hop over to YouTube and look up some cooking basics. From doing eyebrows to DIY woodworking projects – you can find tutorials on just about anything for free. I’m also a big fan of Adobe CS (I currently use the Photography Plan) and they offer a bunch of tutorials and info for their products.
6. Connect with Friends
Just don’t get close to them! Y’all should be staying home but it doesn’t mean you can’t see each other. I had Facetime drinks with a friend the other night to catch up and it was great! Now’s a great time to reach out to friends and family. Email, social media, Zoom, snail mail, messaging apps, phone calls – whatever works! Let someone know you’re thinking about them, offer support to someone you think might be struggling or setup group cocktail hour via Zoom. Do a distance book club, play Words with Friends or write out a card and stick it in the mail. You can even play Mario Kart Tour with me……if you like losing.
7. Spring Cleaning
I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning but hey, now’s as good a time as any I guess. I’m using this time to reorganize my home office, refinish our back deck (I got all the supplies in the fall so no store run for me!) and to go through the terrifying chaos that is the guest room closet (yikes).
8. Plan Ahead
There is a lot of uncertainty and fear right now but we will come out on the other side. Things won’t always feel as dark and heavy as they do now and it’s helpful for me to remind myself. One of the ways I’m choosing to do that is by planning ahead for when things go “back to normal”. In my Note on Spring post I’d written about canceling some international and domestic travel plans due to the current situation so I’m already looking for inspiration and ideas for trips to come. You can read travel blogs *ahem* or check out social media for ideas to start. Don’t forget to check out magazines that may be lying around, even the older ones! I love to read Conde Nast Traveler and hang on to some of my favorites, like the pic below. Start a folder on your computer to save ideas, snip magazine articles/photos, make a vision board – whatever inspires you most!
9. Get Moving
You don’t have to sit on the couch for a month (or more)! You can get out and go for a hike or bike ride (obviously not in a group and please, please don’t carpool with anyone not in your immediate household) – just make sure to keep your distance if you encounter other folks. Is that furry baby you’re fostering a dog? Grab that pup and go for a walk! Start a daily yoga practice or stream a workout class of your choice. And don’t forget to get up from your desk frequently if you’re working from home.
10. Grow Something
Now’s a great time to sprout some seeds, either for your garden or just some herbs to grow in your apartment window. Have houseplants? Transplant the ones that need it and rearrange them in your space to freshen things up. Succulents need propagating? Get to snipping! Show your plants some love.
Hopefully 10 ways to beat boredom has given you some ideas or inspiration to fill your time! I’d love to hear about the ways you’re staying busy at home or if you feel like something major is missing from my list. Make sure to comment and let me know!
Eric GambleMarch 26, 2020 at 4:32 pm
These are great ways to beat boredom! I particularly love the connecting with friends, cooking, and making plans.
I think with plans it offers hope and helps you get organized for ways to learn, find new experiences, and just overall can make you happy! This is why I have such a massive bucket list written out!
I would also recommend going old school with reading books or playing board games with family and friends!
Lori BosworthMarch 27, 2020 at 10:15 am
Those are great suggestions! I agree that it’s a great time to learn a new skill or craft!
Kait | Slumber & SconesMarch 27, 2020 at 8:55 pm
I love these suggestions! I have been cooking a lot lately, and planning some future trips as well. I would definitely like to try raising some plants or crafting. Long term projects sounds good right now.
Kelsey HarmonyMarch 27, 2020 at 9:49 pm
I love to beat boredom by diving into a great book, cleaning, or being creative! It’s so important for our mental health!
Maddie DeerMarch 27, 2020 at 11:08 pm
Love the ideas! I haven’t found myself bored yet, but when I run out of things to do I will refer back to your list! 🙂
Emily BendlerMarch 28, 2020 at 7:49 am
I have 3 small kiddos but we are still getting some of those done. Lots of cooking together, crafting, and spring cleaning. Their rooms never looked so good!
Natasha DelortMarch 28, 2020 at 12:13 pm
I’ve been beating the boredom by hanging out with my puppy but i do worry about all the pets who aren’t being adopted right now. we also started the cleaning process
Patricia @ Grab a PlateMarch 28, 2020 at 3:28 pm
I’ve been trying to do a little of all your suggestions! My husband just ordered some standing planters and seeds, so can’t wait to see what pops up!
Kristine Nicole AlessandraMarch 29, 2020 at 12:48 am
I am doing most of the things you listed here in order for me to kill time. I’ve organized all our closets already, the pantry is neat and orderly. I give more attention to my plants now and I am also learning a new language online. We’re 2 weeks into our community quarantine and I am going to go nuts if I don’t find something to do!
ClariceMarch 29, 2020 at 6:41 am
Love the idea of fostering a pet. It is true that many animal shelters are lacking staff and volunteers during these situations. I believe that we can start by saving one life at a time.
ChristaMarch 29, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Crafting and planting are two hobbies I hope to do more! They are definitely boredom busters for me.
KemiMarch 30, 2020 at 4:40 am
Definitely did my spring cleaning and every other day cleaning and wipe down, but I’ve resolved to practice baking and all my saved recipes.
DariaMarch 31, 2020 at 2:34 pm
These are some great ideas. I will definitely look into the virtual tours for my grand girls. I’m also working on my craft of writing as well. I would also like to look at some marketing strategies via webinar. Investing and investing in my learning.
MorganApril 1, 2020 at 3:09 pm
I like the idea of studying marketing strategies – sounds like a great choice!
AutumnApril 1, 2020 at 10:07 am
Thank you for the tips. I am definitely going to do a few of these as I am completely bored at the moment.
AutumnApril 1, 2020 at 10:09 am
Thank you for the tips. I am definitely going to do a few of these because I need to stay active.
Viano DeeApril 1, 2020 at 4:04 pm
Many people are bored as a result of quarantine. These tips would really come in handy.
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