10 things to do when you are bored
People often complain of having nothing to do. This is a very common among people stuck at home or at work with nothing to do. Other than that, this is also common when people cannot move around as freely as they would like.
BACE World presents the top 10 things to do when you’re bored. Believe us, they work!
1. Read a Book.
This is perhaps the most helpful thing to do when bored. Reading a book helps divert your mind from it preoccupation with boredom, and allows it to focus on the task at hand – reading.
2. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
This is a classic for people who are at work and, yet incredibly bored. Are you working on a project in which you have zero interest? Is your boss forcing you to spend more time at the office even when you have finished your work? Well, just get out of your chair, and walk to the kitchenette to make some coffee. If you have the facility of a fully equipped kitchen at work, you can spend as many as 30 minutes on brewing and preparing your coffee or tea. This will allow for a change of scene and atmosphere, and also allow you to practice your hands at something else.
3. Play a game of chess
This is possible both with a partner or a computer. Chess is a very thought-provoking game, and requires you to devote a lot of time on it. The moves are complex, and it is always difficult to anticipate the next move of your partner so the game keeps you on your heels during the entire time.
4. Watch TV shows
TV shows are a very good way to pass time. If you’re at home with nothing to do, it’s best to watch a season of some popular TV show. They’re even better than movies because they have continuity, and while a movie tends to be over in 1.5 hours, a TV season takes a lot of time to finish, and therefore will keep you occupied.
5. Cook food
This is a practice prescribed to all the bored housewives out there. Housewives feel that they don’t have anything to do once their husbands have left for work, and they are on their own. Cooking food is a very good way to pass time, and it also keeps our focused. Cooking food isn’t just about standing in front of the stove and stirring a pot. Cooking involves a great deal of thinking and planning from getting the ingredients together to making the idea work. Obviously the physical labor also relaxes the mind.
Exercise is also a very good way to fight boredom. Whenever you feel you have a lot of spare time on your hands, think about exercising. Exercising doesn’t only mean lifting weights. You can also jog, skip, run or simply walk. All of these activities are classified as exercise. Exercise also stimulates the body to release endorphins which in turn make the person feel content. Try it; it works!
7. Charity and Social Work
If you are on leave from your work, between semesters or just plain bored by sitting at home, it is always a good idea to try your hand at social work. Join a local or international charity that works on something you believe in. If you’re interested in fighting world hunger, join a charity that aims to solve this problem. You’ll be surprised at how busy this work will keep you.
Often, these charities require people to fly to places like Africa and South Asia to monitor the dispatch of essential food supplies. This is quality work as well as an excellent way to fight boredom.
Internships aren’t just for students, If you’re sick of your job, and have left it, and feel trapped at home, then join an internship program for 2-3 months. This will really help you channel your energy into something meaningful, and also allow you to be happy. Do something you want to do rather than something you feel you need to do.
9. Take a course
If you’re sitting idle at home, why not take a course in something your are passionate about? Take writing for instance. Some people harbor secret desires of becoming a writer someday or a journalist for that matter. Well, why not take a course to learn and refine the technique? Take a course on whatever you are interested in, and it will keep you busy for at least 6 weeks.
10. Catch up with friends and family
In the course of our education, and careers, we often fall out of touch with some of our best friends. Why not catch up with these friends when you’re free, and have nothing to do? Friends and Family are a great asset for everyone, and it’s infinitely good for the soul to spend some quality time with friends and family.