With everything going on in the world right now, we’re all spending a lot more time inside than usual. If you’re feeling restless, here are 20 things to do when you’re bored!
1. Take a walk.
If it’s nice outside where you live, get outside and take a walk! This is the perfect opportunity for you (and your pet, if you have one) to get some exercise. It’s important to stay active even if you’re at home.
2. Have a movie marathon.
When was the last time you watched ALL of the Harry Potter movies? There’s no better time than the present! When you’re bored, find something to watch on demand, Netflix, or Hulu. Make yourself a fun snack, too!
3. Practice self care.
Treat yourself to a bubble bath, an at-home manicure and pedicure, or a face mask. There are plenty of recipes for homemade face masks online. You’ll feel super refreshed afterwards!
4. Write letters to your loved ones.
Or at least call them! This is a great thing to do when you’re bored because it’ll put a smile on someone else’s face. I can guarantee you’ll be your grandparent’s favorite grandchild if they receive a heartfelt letter from you in the mail.
5. Cook or bake something new.
Search the internet for a recipe that looks good, and try it out! Give into whatever you’re craving right now, whether it’s something sweet, salty, or in anything between! What’s the worst that could happen? Plus, your family will be super grateful if you make enough for them, too.
6. Color, paint, or make a craft.
Embrace your creativity and get hands on with a craft. Use whatever materials you have at your disposal, even if that’s only a few crayons, markers, and some paper. Pinterest has endless ideas/inspo.
7. Force your family members to play a card or board game with you.
Dust off those old board games and start a game with your family. They’re probably just as bored as you are! You can even make up some new rules to make it interesting.
8. Put together a bucket list.
What are you dreaming about doing after this quarantine is over? What are you dreaming about doing before you die? Do some research on things you want to do and places you want to visit and write it all down!
9. Learn a TikTok dance.
When you’re bored, pull up Charli’s TikTok account, pick a dance that you like, and try to learn it! You’ll get some good exercise in addition to creating some fun content. Maybe you’ll even go viral!
10. Keep a “quarantine” diary.
Keep track of your thoughts and feelings and current events in a “quarantine” diary that you’ll be able to read in years to come. Your future children and even your future grandchildren will be in awe to hear about what’s going on right now from a primary source.
11. Go through your closet, take out the clothes you don’t wear, and sell them online.
Websites like Depop and Poshmark are great for selling lightly used clothes! Make sure you upload good quality pictures and list everything at a reasonable price. This is also one of the things to do when you’re bored that will make you some extra cash from the comfort of your home.
12. Take a virtual trip to a museum, a park, or even to Mars!
Places like The Louvre, The San Diego Zoo, and even Mars are offering really cool virtual tours/camera footage that are free for the public to access. You don’t have to leave your couch in order to visit some of the coolest places in the world!
13. Read a book.
Pick up that new book you bought six months ago that you haven’t finished yet! Or, even better, start a virtual book club with your friends. You can all download the same book on Kindle, and then get online using a platform like Zoom and talk about it! It’s a great thing to do when you’re bored that will keep your brain active while staying connected to your besties.
14. Rearrange or redecorate your room/living space.
Since we’re all pretty much stuck inside, this is the perfect time to rearrange or spruce up your living space. Retail websites like Urban Outfitters are having some pretty epic sales right now if you’re interested in buying some new stuff! Plus, you’ll be able to look forward to it coming in the mail (just make sure you disinfect everything before you bring it inside)!
15. Make a photo wall.
These photo walls have been trending all over the internet lately! Order some photo prints from a website like Shutterfly and get creative! It’s a super easy and inexpensive way to make your space feel more personalized.
16. Listen to a new podcast.
Spotify has hundreds of podcasts that cover pretty much everything. Some of your favorite celebrities probably even have podcasts that you don’t even know about. I highly recommend Meghan Rienk’s podcast Don’t Blame Me!
17. Binge watch a show on Netflx or Hulu.
Ask your friends for some recommendations, or just scroll around until you find something that interests you. This is a great way to pass the time when you’re bored during a rainy or cloudy day.
18. Put together a new playlist.
When you’re bored, poke around on Spotify and find some new songs for a quarantine playlist! Spotify has really cool playlists for every music genre. Explore a little bit and you might even find a new artist that you love!
19. Tie-dye something.
A shirt, socks, bed sheets, literally anything. Tie-dye kits are super cheap on Amazon, and it’s a great way to personalize anything (plus, it’s really fun to do on a warm, sunny day)!
20. Try a new hairstyle or makeup look.
Practice a new hairstyle or makeup look when you’re bored for when we all finally return to the real world. Nobody’s going to see you now, so this is the perfect time to experiment! Try a makeup look with bright colors to keep yourself happy and cheerful during this difficult time. Keep it on throughout the day!