We’ve all been there before.  You’re scrolling through social media, flipping through TV channels, and generally doing anything to avoid boredom.  But sometimes, you have to face the fact that there’s nothing good on and you’re stuck with yourself.  What now?

Try not to panic.  Being bored can be a good thing.  It’s an opportunity to do something you don’t usually have time for or a chance to learn something new.  To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of seven ideas to keep you entertained the next time you feel bored.

1.  Read a Book

Reading is always a good option if you’re looking for a low-key way to pass the time.  Get lost in a new world or immerse yourself in a fascinating true story; you will find something interesting.  And if you’re having trouble finding something new to read, try one of these 100 books everyone should read in their lifetime.

2.  Start a Puzzle

Puzzles are a great way to give your brain a workout and pass the time.  They can be as straightforward or complex as you want them to be, and puzzles are available for everyone, from kids to adults.  You can even get them in different designs or themes, too.  So, once you finish the puzzle, you’ll have a new home decor!  Win-win.

3.  Write Down Your Thoughts in a Journal

Journalling is a therapeutic way to process your thoughts and feelings.  It can be cathartic to get everything out of your head and onto paper (or screen), and it can also be interesting to look back on your entries later on down the road.  Not sure where to start?  Find some journal prompts online for some inspiration.

4.  Create Something New in the Kitchen

One of the best things about being bored is that it gives you the chance to get creative in the kitchen (without worrying about whether or not it’ll turn out edible).  Even if you don’t consider yourself a great cook, there are plenty of simple recipes out there that anyone can make.  Please give one of them a try next time boredom strikes!

5.  Shop Your Closet

We all have clothes in our closet that we never wear but can’t seem to get rid of.  Next time you’re bored, take some time to go through your clothes and assemble some new outfits you haven’t tried before.  You might be surprised at how many different looks you can develop using pieces you already have!

6.  [Re]Watch Your Favorite Movie or TV Show

Sometimes, when nothing else seems interesting, it helps to return to something that’s tried and true—like your all-time favourite movie or TV show.  Even if you’ve seen it dozens of times before, watching it again can help take your mind off of whatever was stressing you out in the first place.  Need some suggestions? 

7.  Reconnect With Technology & Family

In today’s world, it’s easy to become too reliant on technology—which can leave us feeling even more bored when we don’t have anything else to do but scroll through our phones or laptops aimlessly (unproductive).  If this sounds like you, why not try an interesting online game, especially if you have kids who can join in.  It can be a great time to reconnect with loved ones while having fun.  Games like Choco Blocks, one of my family’s favourites, or you could try running a restaurant with the great open restaurant game.  Trust us, it’ll feel liberating!


Adding More Light into Your Life!

The next time boredom strikes, don’t reach for your phone automatically—try one of these seven ideas instead!  From reading and journalling to getting creative in the kitchen or reconnecting with family, boredom doesn’t have to be a bad word anymore… in fact, it could even lead to something pretty great!

Who knows, the next time you’re feeling bored might be precisely what you need to finally start that book club you’ve been meaning to do for months or sign up to learn how to cook those types of meals you usually only eat out.

So next time you find yourself with nothing to do, don’t panic —try one of these seven things instead and see where the day takes you!  You might be surprised at how much fun you have.

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