How to Kill Boredom
How to defeat boredom
You might be an office going adult going through a boring time at work and you're so sick of the monotonous routine of daily hustle-bustle that you possibly start to imagine different scenarios in your head just to escape your hellish job in your head. But let me tell you, that's not healthy, an empty mind is a devil's workshop! Or maybe you're a teen with finished homework and a long day of the weekend with nothing to do. Everyone's been driven to the point of extreme boredom and being bored can be agitating and can often cause emotional distress.
Often times, the things we enjoy doing the most don't help us out in times of extreme boredom either, and that's when we know that we've gotta try new things.
Here's a question before beginning
Do you want to do something productive when you're bored during free time?
1. Arrange your belongings
Maybe when you have a lot of time on your hand and nothing you specifically want to do, you could do something for your future self that would make future-you thank and praise you. A lot of people actually like to tidy up and feel good. You could do any of the following:
- Arrange your shelves
- Sort out your documents
- Check groceries and other necessities
- Create a time-table for yourself
Doing any of these might feel therapeutic and help you out in the long run.
2. Play some addictive phone games
A lot of us already do this but if you don't, this is a pretty good alternative to sulking in boredom. Go through Google Play and download whichever game piques your interest. Some of the free games that are actually good are galaxy sky shooting, Wolf evolution, piano tiles or whatever you might like. There are also certain thought provoking games that challenge your brain which are actually fun and interesting and also add an exercise for your brain. Warning though, these games are addictive!
3. Hit up an old friend
Think of all the people you really miss and give them a call or a text. You probably will have a lot to catch up with an old friend and who knows, you might get a plan set for a fun hangout in the evening. Sit back and relax with an old friend of yours and spill some tea about what's going on in your life and ask them about their stories, they'll definitely have a lot to tell. Nostalgia is often a wonderful feeling, talk about the old times with your friends. One of your old friends also include your MOM. Yeah, talk to your mom about childhood memories and pry her to tell you her own childhood stories and adventures, that's always interesting and your bonding strengthens!
4. Go to the movies alone
Go to the movies BY YOURSELF. It's actually not as bad as it sounds. And if you've never done this before, it will be one of a kind experience for you.
5. Prank your siblings
Out of all the activities, I find this to be the most effective. Plan out a top-tier evil plan to make your siblings go absolutely mad and hit them with it. And if you have no ideas or inspirations, I recommend that you consult Jim Halpert from the TV series "The office".
6. Binge watch a TV series
In this category I will recommend some tv shows that will get you absolutely hooked:
- Game of thrones (it's actually good, don't get repulsed by the fact that it's mainstream)
- Rick and Morty
- The Office
- Parks and recreation
Look up an easy recipe and create something delicious. Try to look for some that are healthy + delicious which you can make a part of your diet. Or you know what, you're bored out of your mind so make a fudgey brownie and devour it by yourself.
8. Learn a new language
This is for the long term boredom, when you have a lot of free days on your hand. You could even start learning a computer programming language and add an asset to your CV. It's not very hard to get started, look up some tutorials and make time for it everyday. Even if you don't get very far with the languages, you can flex on others. *wink wonk*
9. Build a pillow fort
Why not, dude, you gotta do it. And nobody enters without the password. Nobody.
10. Rave in your cave
Have your own lively party inside your room with the music blasting through the windows. Throw yourself around the room while dancing and drinking monster energy drink maybe. Invite your favourite people too and don't be shy about your moves, feel the electricity through your body and completely freak people out.
Open up a beginner workout video and move in sync with the instructor, you'll burn a few calories and maybe even enjoy the workout. Or simply go out for a run with someone.
12. Watch DIY / life hacks videos
These videos are super fun to watch, plus they're informative. Did I even have to recommend these? I bet your phone already did. Sometimes even following these life hacks is enjoyable because you find out how disastrous they are actually to do. But some of them strangely work?
13. Analyze yourself
Take care of your mental health. If you're feeling bored because of extreme depression then it would be a good idea to talk to someone and share your problems. Think about what you're missing in life and what your priorities are, it's not a fun activity but might help you in the long run.
14. Whisper beepboop to yourself
While writing this article, I was reminded of a tumblr post that I had read a long time ago. This strange method actually seemed to work for a lot of people and it's quick and easy to do when you're feeling down. Sneep snop your sad away!
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