So you’ve suddenly discovered that you’ve got a lot of spare time on your hands, and pretty soon you’re bored out of your mind – what are you gonna do? You don’t want to just sit around watching TV anymore, even that’s gotten boring, and besides, you’ve seen everything. It feels like nothing will ever satiate your boredom. Well, here’s a list of 5 things to do when you’re bored!
- Start a dream journal
But no, I can already hear you whining, I don’t dream. LIES! Everybody dreams, you just don’t always remember them. A good way to help with this is to actually start a dream journal. As soon as you wake up, before doing anything else, before even getting out of bed, you jot down the last few dwindling things you remember from your sleeping mind. Eventually you’ll start remembering more and more, and then you’ll have full dreams just pouring out of you! Dreams are weird, so it’s always interesting to try and catalogue them. Go forth and see what your inner mind has to say!
2. Research something you’ve always been interested in/curious about
Go on, you know you want to know what country used to have a beard tax (it was Russia by the way, during the reign of Peter the Great; they even had a bearded coin to prove that you had paid it). What’s something you’ve always been interested in or curious about? Now’s the time to learn about it! You could become that Random-Fact-Person, and that’s always a fun person to be. Impress people with your worldly knowledge. Every tidbit you get to stow away in your brain is a story you get to share with others. So get on that computer, hit those history books, tune into some documentaries, and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know and then some.
3. Learn a new hobby
Learn something new that can keep you occupied for hours on end! Can’t cook? Start learning! It doesn’t necessarily have to be productive, as long as it’s something that you enjoy and it passes the time for you. People with lots of different hobbies won’t be bored as much, because there’s always going to be something new to do. Even if you get tired of your current hobby, you can start doing a new one.
On that note…
4. Practice a redundant skill
This is something that will likely not get you anywhere in life, but who cares! Have fun with it, and get really, really good at something. Now, you’re not only the Random-Fact-Person, but you’re that Random-Awesome-Skill-Person too! You’ll be the biggest hit at the party. I personally feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at colouring. Will that be useful to me in my every day life? Probably not, but does it make me happy and give me something to do while letting my mind wander wherever it wants? Absolutely!
5. Go for a walk
Get outside and enjoy nature! If you walk around for an hour or two, suddenly your day is half-way over, and you’ve done your body some good. Maybe you’ll discover something new about your city you never even knew before! Regardless of the time of year, spring, summer, fall, winter, there’s always going to be something to see and if you take a look around, you’ll see the beauty in each of these seasons. Breathe in that fresh air, and get yourself a-walking!
What do you do in your spare time when you’re bored and you’ve started to run out of options for things to do? I’d love to hear them!