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Tackling boredom at home

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Boredom – it doesn’t take social distancing measures to experience it. We have all been there!

The difference right now is that some of us might be feeling it more than we like, especially those of us with kids at home – some miss being in school, seeing their friends, being outdoors more regularly – the list goes on. So, here are a few things that might help tackle that boredom bug just a little bit.

1. Make a list … then cross things off

We know what you’re thinking:

“What do I make a list of? I’m here because I can’t think of anything to do.”

Well, what about the list of films and box sets you have always wanted to watch but just never had enough weekend to get through? Same goes for that amazing podcast your friends have recommended. Or if you’re aiming to spend less time in front of a screen, what about the last ten books you bought?

What are the things you have pushed aside for lack of time or space? This could be the moment to blow the dust off. If you have children, this is also something you can do with them.  What films do they want to watch? What books do they want to read? What treats would they like to bake? Write them on paper, hang it up somewhere obvious and when you’ve done one cross it off! There’s an odd sense of accomplishment that comes with ticking an item off a list.

2. Upskill or learn something new

Since the government’s new support scheme was implemented, some employers have opted to furlough their staff. If this is you, or you find that you have some spare time on your hands, perhaps try learning a new skill. Perhaps there is an instrument you always wished you could play? Or maybe you’ve seen a few of those hand-stand fitness challenges on your feed and wished you could join in with, but you never learnt how… this could be your time. Perhaps you love your job at the moment and you want to get better at it – there are lots of online learning platforms which can help you upskill. Whether your specialisation is design, analytics, public speaking … you name it, there’s a class for it. If you’d rather not subscribe to a paid-for platform like MasterClass or Skillshare, YouTube can be a great place to learn these things for free.

3. Have a ‘Masterchef’ challenge

This could be a great thing to do with your kids or with friends online (where would we be without video conferencing software?!)

All you need is a few ingredients from your cupboard and fridge (call it five total) and assign someone the task of making whatever they can with those five ingredients! If little ones are involved, this will likely need some parental oversight. If you’re doing this with friends online, simply ensure they have the same ingredients, pick a time and go! The downside will be you won’t be able to taste each other’s delicacies, but at least you will be able to pick out who is the most inventive out of you. If you’re struggling to bring some variety to your meals, this will certainly help that and for some it might also mean less waste. Win-win!

4. Create a wish jar

Naturally, during this time there will have been a list of things we had planned to do that for the foreseeable future, will not come to pass. These may have been trips far or near, birthday parties, date nights out… the list goes on. Rather than focusing on what currently can’t be, start collecting these items in a jar or just in a notebook. For instance, one couple added ‘a trip to Burger King for a large whopper’ (yes, genuinely!) – the items can be as simple as you like, whatever you feel you are missing out on right now. If you have kids at home, you could decorate the jar together beforehand; make it special, make it yours. Then label it accordingly: “Our Wish Jar”; “Not Now, But Soon” – whatever gives you and your family hope during this time.

5. Have a thirty-second dance party

When it all just gets too much, have a thirty-second dance session! Granted, this will not fill up your day but it will certainly help the little ones shake off their restlessness! This is also a great stress buster or if home schooling is getting a bit too much, this will be a good way of getting a quick distraction whilst releasing some endorphins. Pick your tune, then bust a groove!

We hope these spark a few ideas for you. If you’re looking for more, check out our article on 5 ways to make your weekend distinct.

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