It’s not a coincidence that boredom strikes at a time when there’s no way to combat it. With not much to do, not many people to see, and orders to stay inside as much as possible, what are you supposed to do to avoid boredom during Coronavirus?
Growing bored during the social distancing requirements of the coronavirus pandemic is understandable, and inevitable. We weren’t meant to sit at home day after day with the same people doing the same things.
If you’re feeling bored, accept that it’s normal and then make a decision to move on. We’ve created this list of 11 ways to avoid boredom and to get you thinking about how you might better fill your time.
With a little inspiration as a starting point, you’re bound to find something that will keep you occupied.
1. Make some money
There’s no better time than now to get creative and make some money online. Or, if you have a job at home that hasn’t shut down per orders of the CDC, ask your boss if you can pick up a few shifts now that you’re back home for the time being.
Let’s be honest, you probably going to have a lot of extra free time now that you aren’t going out or participating in extracurricular activities or even living on campus away from home. Maybe it isn’t the fun you were hoping for but look at it as a way of saving up cash to support a more fun-filled future when life goes back to ‘normal.’
There’s no reason not to make a little extra cash for summer vacations, especially if you’re suffering from boredom.
2. Catch up on sleep
College is notorious for wrecking your sleep schedule. You’re up late studying, hanging out with friends, trying to understand how to maneuver your new freedom of not living under your parents’ roof.
Now that you’re home, try getting a full eight hours of sleep every night (you really don’t have many excuses anymore).
Not only is it an amazing expression of self-care, but getting enough sleep can boost your immunity and ensure your system is ready to resist coronavirus.
Being well-rested is good for your health and for your schoolwork. Plus, a nap during the day when you’re feeling bored is better for you than scrolling mindlessly through social media.
Building strong sleep habits can make a huge difference in the future of your success. You don’t want to end up overworked and underslept because the hustle culture told you that’s what is socially acceptable.
3. Spend time rediscovering your passions
Free time can be a wonderful thing, thank you COVID-19 for some small silver lining.
If there was something you didn’t have time to do while you’re on campus, you might have some time for it now.
Here are some things that tend to fall to the wayside when you’re too busy:
- Reading books for fun
- Playing the guitar or any other instrument
- Trial and error on a new makeup palette – Tik Tok has some great makeup tutorials that are easy
- Creating art in any form
- Writing poetry
- Journaling or blogging
- Cooking or baking
The possibilities are endless and now that you have the time you might as well do stuff that makes you feel happy and free.
Don’t let yourself fall into a boring routine. Make sure you’re taking some time for yourself to do the things you don’t normally get to do.
4. Spring clean (for the OVERLY bored)
Nothing like a pandemic to force you to spring clean out of boredom. There’s no time like the present to get your bedroom back to the way it looks when you’re not home, aka your parents’ standards of cleanliness.
Why not purge things you know you don’t need? Go through your closet and drawers and try to sell some stuff to a local consignment shop like Plato’s Closet or on Poshmark, or even donate it. You’d be surprised with how much stuff you come up with.
Odds are, if you didn’t bring it with you to college, and you didn’t miss it while you were gone, then you probably don’t need it anymore.
Cleaning and tidying up your space actually makes it much more enjoyable to live in, Marie Kondō said it best after all: “Does it spark joy?”. If you’re going to be there for a while, you might as well enjoy the space and make it feel a little more adult.
5. Practice self-care
Did you know that stress actually makes you more susceptible to illness? When your body is stressed out, your immune system has a tendency to weaken. So, whether it’s doing a facial mask, painting your nails, listening to music, playing video games, or listening to podcasts, there’s nothing wrong with taking time for yourself.
College students put in a lot of work between studying for exams and trying to navigate life on their own, and now they have to work even harder to stay on top of assignments while off-campus. Taking care of yourself is the best way to combat some of these unexpected stresses.
Let’s face it, legally you should be social distancing so you might as well do something good for the one person you’re going to be around all summer — you!
And hey, maybe you’ll find a self-care routine that you’ll want to take with you when life does return to the way it was before.
6. Watch some new TV shows
Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus might become your new best friends. I bet there have been some shows you’ve been putting off watching, or there’s an old show you’ve been wanting to rewatch. Get a head start now.
Here are some to get you started:
- The Good Place
- Grey’s Anatomy
- How I Met Your Mother
- Suite Life of Zack and Cody/Suite Life on Deck
- Hannah Montana
- The Office
- Parks and Recreation
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
Don’t worry, the list doesn’t stop there. Check out some of the most bingeworthy Netflix shows you need to get your hands on immediately.
7. Check out some new YouTubers
Youtubers are equally as entertaining as they are educational in things that you might be interested in.
You can use Youtube for entertainment or ambient noise while studying. If you are a YouTube fan and want to watch someone new, or if you’ve never gotten into YouTube, try watching some of these channels:
- Jeffree Star
- Rosanna Pansino
- The Try Guys
- Cinema Sins
- The Watcher
- Bon Appetit
- Theme Park History
The list certainly doesn’t end there, there are thousands of Youtubers and vloggers actively producing content for you to watch! Start looking up things your interested in and you’re bound to find someone you like.
8. Read something that’s not a textbook
As mentioned above, one of the first things people often will put off when they’re busy is reading. Especially college students who are constantly reading textbooks, the last thing they want to do is read more non-required books.
With the world in complete and utter shutdown, reading could be part of the personal development you’re working on. That might start with catching up on reading for pleasure during these weeks when you’re not stuck in the library till all hours of the night.
Here’s just give a few recommendations, including some little-known books and some more popular options:
- Crazy Rich Asians
- Alex and Eliza: A Love Story
- Gone Girl
- The Water Dancer
- Jurassic Park
- The Thousandth Floor
9. Start a new exercise routine
Since the gym is probably (or should probably be) closed per orders of the CDC, you have to get a little more creative with how you’re staying active.
This doesn’t mean you need to drop a ton of money on equipment! If you have some great, but there are lots of YouTube channels and Instagram accounts that can help you take care of your body with just bodyweight workouts. And most of them are free!
Another way to stay fit that’s a little less traditional but certainly a blast is with workout games on Pinterest. They’re just like drinking games, except they give you an exercise to do along with a movie or TV show to watch.
You can find these games for Friends and Harry Potter and pretty much anything else you might want to watch. These can help you feel a little less lonely during social distancing. And equally as entertaining as they are hard.
10. Do a social media detox
Do not let social media be the answer to your problem of boredom during Coronavirus! A good social media detox is a healthy way to focus on yourself.
You pretty much know what everyone is doing these days, and since the news is only about the Coronavirus every minute on the minute, now is the best time to temporarily halt your social media use. Keep one channel for vital updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to your university and your everyday life, but otherwise, just delete the apps for a week or two.
A detox can clear your system and your mind of all of the negativity that social media brings into our lives. Of course, you can eventually re-download, but you might not want to after the cleanse.
11. Create something
Start a blog, a podcast, or even a youtube channel. Time no longer stands in your way since you have an abundance of it. There’s no better time than the present to start something new. You don’t want to be on the other side of this pandemic wishing you would have used your time more productively.
Bring something into the world that brings you joy, and maybe you’ll bring joy to others too!
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