I am so glad the holidays are over, aren’t you? I mean, there’s only so much happiness and good cheer one can stand. Just kidding, really. I love the holidays! However, they are quite exhausting and now it’s time to relax – or is it?
I raided my kids’ bag of Halloween treats, devoured Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing until I was ready to burst, decorated and sampled tons of Christmas sugar cookies and savored Valentine’s Day chocolates until my teeth hurt. I think I may have gained ten pounds. I’m not certain, because I’m afraid to step on the scale. It might break from all of the excess weight. Next, I will truly enjoy my sons famous Easter ham and handfuls of colorful jellybeans. It’s a never-ending battle…. But I don’t need a special holiday to over-indulge. I’m really good at it, even on a nondescript day like today. I just ate three Oreo’s, and I wasn’t even hungry. The truth is, I’m totally bored.
Are you looking to add some excitement to just another boring day? Well, look no further than this blog post, where I will give you a list of fun things to do to beat boredom. Trust me, these are not your typical suggestions like reading a book or watching a movie. These are fun, creative, crazy ideas that will spice up your day and make you forget about your boredom.
Prank call your friends or family.
I’m sure we all remember crank calling people when we were teens. “Is your refrigerator running? Better catch it.” Nothing beats the thrill of making someone laugh or freak out with a hilarious or scary prank call. You can pretend to be someone else, like a telemarketer, a pizza delivery guy, or a long-lost relative. Or you can just say something random and nonsensical and see how they react. They will probably know who you are but laugh anyway. Just make sure you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
Make a collage out of old magazines or newspapers.
If you have some old magazines or newspapers lying around, why not use them to create a collage? You can cut out pictures, words, or anything else that catches your eye and glue them on a piece of paper or cardboard. Make a collage of your favorite things, your goals, your dreams, or anything else that inspires you. Or you can just make a random collage and see what it turns out to be.
Invent a new game or sport.
End your boredom by inventing a new game or sport that no one has ever played before. You can use whatever materials you have at home, like balls, cards, dice, or even spoons. You can make up your own rules, scoring system, and name for your game or sport. Then you can challenge yourself or someone else to play it with you and see if it’s fun or not.
Write a song or a poem.
When boredom reigns, get creative. Write a song or a poem about anything that comes to mind. It doesn’t have to rhyme or make sense, as long as it expresses your thoughts and feelings. You can write about something funny, sad, romantic, or anything in between. Sing or recite your song or poem and record yourself doing it.
Do something nice for someone.
If you’re feeling generous, you can do something nice for someone else without expecting anything in return. You can do something simple like giving someone a compliment, a hug, or a smile. Or you can do something more elaborate like baking someone a cake, sending someone a card, or presenting them with a creative fun gift. You will not only make someone else happy, but also feel good about yourself.
Learn a new skill or hobby.
If you have some free time, stop boredom in its tracks. Why not use that extra time to learn something new that interests you? Learn anything from a new language to a musical instrument, to a magic trick. There are easy to find online courses, tutorials, or videos that will give you step by step instructions. You can also join online communities or forums where you interact with other learners and share your progress.
Make a video or a podcast.
Hey, if you have the technical skills, why not use them? Do you have something to say or share with the world? Make a video or a podcast about it. You can use your phone, camera, or computer to record yourself talking about anything that you’re passionate about. It can be something informative, entertaining, or personal. You can also edit your video or podcast and add some music, effects, or graphics. Then you can upload it online and see if anyone watches or listens to it.
Try a new recipe or cuisine.
Do your talents lean more towards edible concoctions? Cook up something new and delicious that will tempt the taste buds of your family and friends. Look for recipes online or in cookbooks that suit your taste and skill level. I found some really unusual recipes in my grandmother’s cookbook; things I had never even thought of, much less tried to make.
If your talent has more to do with dialing a phone than whipping up a recipe, order food from a different culture or country that you’ve never tried before. You can experiment with different ingredients, spices, or flavors and see if you like them or not.
Do a scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt.
Your kids will love this one. Add adventure to your life with a scavenger hunt or a treasure hunt around your house or neighborhood. You can make your own clues, riddles, or puzzles that will lead you to different locations or objects. Or, you can use an app or a website that will generate clues for you. You can do it by yourself or with someone else and see who can find the most items or reach the final destination first.
Make a bucket list.
If you’re feeling ambitious, why not make a bucket list of all the things that you want to do or achieve in your life? You can write down your goals, dreams, or wishes on a piece of paper or on your phone. Review your bucket list regularly and see how many things you’ve accomplished or how close you are to achieving them. Young or old, this can put perspective in your life, sending you in a positive direction for accomplishment and success.
And that’s it for today’s blog post. I hope you found it helpful and entertaining. If you did, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. And if you have any other ideas for things to do when boredom strikes, feel free to share them as well. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks for reading and see you next time!
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