What to do when you’re bored in quarantine

I’m sure we’re all thinking the same thing right now. When is this gonna end? Will this ever be over? What am I even supposed to do? We can all agree that something like this probably has ever happened during our lifetime. We have to adapt to a changing world, and sometimes we’re left feeling bored and hopeless. However, there are so many productive ways that you can use your time because there certainly is a lot of it. 

Find a hobby that you enjoy doing. This may sound simple, but you may find that you have a hidden talent that you never even knew about. You could try to make some crafts, try a new sport, or even discover something so unique like cup stacking! These activities could be highly enjoyed, and make some boring days a lot more fun!

Be productive. Even though classes aren’t being held at school, it’s still important to keep busy by completing schoolwork. Also, teachers are putting in tons of effort to schedule classes and make lesson plans for their students; show them some love by showing up to their online meets and completing the work. Even after school ends, it is still important to continue being productive. Reading a book is a great way to do that. Reading even just twenty minutes a day is still a great way to keep your brain going. 

Go outside! This one’s pretty self-explanatory. According to a recent study, being outside has proven to lower stress levels. The study discovered that students sent into a forest for two nights straight had a significant decrease in their cortisol levels, also known as the stress hormone. Not only does being outside reduce the amount of stress present in your life, it’s also a fun thing to do. Going for a run is a great thing to do while you’re outside, and so is going for a walk. Even just sitting outside and observing nature is a great way to spend your time outside.

Helping the community! When you’re bored at home with nothing to do, helping the community is an amazing way that you can spend your time. Try writing cards for your local nurses and doctors, or making masks to donate to hospitals, or even picking up trash at a local park. These may seem like small things, but anything can make a difference, you might make someone’s day a whole lot better!

None of us know when life will go back to what we know as “normal,” but instead of stressing about it, try to fill up your time with things to do. Keeping busy and motivated during a time like this is so important for your mental health. So the next time you’re sitting at home with nothing to do, remember some of the things that you can do to pass your time. It is important to use this time wisely and productively while having fun!

 

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