Hi everyone! So, I know summer is upon us and one of the problems I always face is fighting the boredom of what I can do with my time. I figure some of y’all might have this problem too so I’m gonna put together this little summer plan of what you might be able to do to fight off that boredom. I hope at least one of these helps you fight boredom and the heat.
Socialize – Yeah, I know this one doesn’t sound horribly appealing if you’re an introvert or it’s really hot outside and you don’t want to do things outside. However, if you’re looking for a way to avoid being bored talking to other humans will generally help to alleviate this. Even if it’s just a movie day with a couple friends, human contact does wonders, especially if you’re feeling kind of depressed along with the boredom. Plan a day with friends, hang out with your sibling or your whole family, do something that either gets you out of the house whether it’s meeting up with friends or going to someone else’s house, or something that will bring people to you. Interaction with other humans will help to lessen the boredom.
Journal – This is something that I’m personally taking up in my free time. From bullet journaling to simply keeping a planner this is a good way to stay organized. Bullet journals offer a different aspect of keeping things organized while still giving yourself a creative outlet. You have a new way of looking at all your thoughts no matter how you choose to journal, which for some can be key to figuring out why they’re bored and can offer a mechanism to recognize when they’re falling into boredom.
Learn something new – It seems simple, but boredom usually stems from not having something to do with your time. So take up that hobby you’ve wanted to start, learn a new language, perfect a craft you already know, take up knitting, find something new that interests you and let it occupy your time. If this means getting a job, do it. Apply for that summer job you’ve wanted, or keep it stay at home and maybe try to make something out of this new hobby. Finding things to occupy your time is going to be key to beating the boredom.
Volunteer – If you’ve been looking for ways to give back to your community then take up volunteering. Research local shelters in your area and go help out, volunteers are always welcome. If you love animals and want to spend more time around them the Humane Society is always looking for helpers to walk dogs and play with the cats. Giving back is going to feel a lot more fulfilling than sitting at home wondering what you could be doing with your time.
Clean out your closet – You know how you can go through all your clothes and still feel like you have nothing to wear? Take this extra time you have and dedicate it to really working through your clothes and figuring out what you do and don’t wear. It will free up a lot of space as well has help with indecision as to outfits. I know when I look at my clothes after doing this I wear a lot more of what I have than what I did before cleaning it out. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to donate clothes you aren’t wearing, figure out where your local Goodwill is and take clothes that aren’t too worn out to them for others to make use of. Especially if you live somewhere cold and you have old winter coats!
Take a nap – This one seems a little weird to me too, condoning napping if you have nothing else to do. However, if you really have nothing else to do and you need a little extra sleep, reward yourself with a nap! I’m not saying sleep for 5 hours in the middle of the day, but sleep for an hour so you have a little extra energy for other plans!
Watch a new show – If you’ve got some free time and have ran out of things to watch, start something new! Whether you marathon movies you’ve never seen or start a new show this will give you something to occupy your time. Heck, start a new show with a friend so you have someone to talk to the show about and you guys can maybe watch it together to play into that socializing option I mention earlier. I’d personally recommend West Wing, it’s on Netflix, it’s a 90’s political drama and I love love love it.
Rearrange a room – This does wonders for helping productivity, I can’t explain why but it always has made me feel a little bit more control when the world is being crazy. This can be as small as changing your bedroom layout to as big as redecorating a room. If you want to rearrange your room I suggest getting some grid paper, measuring the size of your room and everything in it, then drawing a scale of your room and possessions. This makes it soooooo much easier to figure out where everything can go rather than suddenly moving things and getting frustrated when nothing fits where you want it to.
Work out – I know, I know, none of us want to move when it’s hot outside, but working out doesn’t mean you have to go outside. There are plenty of workouts you can do at home, I’ve googled and believe me there are a ton. So if you want to be productive and have been looking to get in shape, or just be healthier, use this time where you’re bored to start exercising. Do jumping jacks, sit ups, crunches (which are a million times easier than sit ups), push ups, find what works best for you and work out, inside of course because inside has air conditioning.
Cook something new – This will both give you a chance to get out of the house (to get ingredients) and also a chance to socialize (invite your friends over to eat). It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with what you’re eating, this can lend to feeling bored and stuck in life. Eating the same thing over and over isn’t going to give you any joy if you are bored of the meal and are only eating it because it’s familiar. Try something new, add some spice to your meals, having some adventure for your plate may not always mean you like what you’re eating, but at least you are doing something new that might just spark experimentation with other hobbies you have.
And that’s everything I’ve got! I know some of these may not appeal to everyone, but I hope something sparks an idea in you that will fight off your boredom for long enough to get inspired! I finished this just in time to head out for the day! I hope everyone has had a good summer so far and I will see you in the next post! (It was my first day back at work after a vacation so I hope all of this is coherent XD)