When I was a teenager, I haaaaated being bored. I can remember going to my Mom whining and complaining many, many times saying, “Mama I’m bored”. Every single time, she always told me to find something to do. Once I did, I wasn’t bored anymore.
Back then we didn’t have cell phones or internet. We couldn’t browse Facebook or SnapChat or watch YouTube videos. I know some of y’all are wondering how in the world we ever survived without that stuff, but we did. We hung out outside, a lot! We talked on the phone, a lot. We watched TV, played video games, cards, dominos, and of course went to the mall and the movies – but sometimes we were just bored. There was nothing to do or we were tired of doing the normal stuff that we did.
So, what do you do when you get bored? Most of us reach for our phones but that gets boring too every once and a while. Going online seeing the same ole’ people posting the same ole’ things, and watching the same ole’ videos gets boring sometimes. Do you know that most people unlock their phones over 100 times a day? That’s crazy right? It’s probably true that we unlock our phones out of boredom more than we realize.
So… I present to you (drumroll please), 7 things to do when you’re bored (besides going on your phone of course).
1| Call a friend.
Yep. Call them and actually talk to them. Not a “wyd” text or inbox – an actual phone call. There’s just something so uplifting about a good conversation with a friend that can make your day so much better.
2 | Rearrange your room
If you have your own room, make it your own special place. Decorate it with some of your favorite things. There are a bunch of “room tours” on YouTube where people show how they’ve redecorated their rooms. It’s a good place for inspiration if you’re looking for ideas.
3 | Try a new style
While you’re bored, why not take some time and style yourself? Play around with new hairstyles and try something you’ve never tried before. Pull out some of your clothes and put together a few outfit combinations. Learn a new make-up trick. Try something different with your nails and jewelry.
4 | Try a new hobby
What are your hobbies? There are so many things out there to try, and when you’re bored that’s the best time to try something new. Look online for a list and pick one. Here’s a few to consider:
playing an instrument sports
baking/cooking writing poetry
5 | Take a walk
Walking can be so refreshing. Its great exercise, plus you get to explore and take a deeper look at all of the beauty around you. Smell the flowers, look up at the sky, and feel the breeze. If you have someone to walk with you, that’s even more fun!
6 | Pamper Yourself
Ah yes, relaxation. It’s so good. Turn your room into a luxury spa. Grab the bubble bath, a nice smelling candle, and some music and have a little “me time”. Give yourself a facial. Try a new body cream or lotion. Give yourself a manicure/pedicure. Soak those feet and give them some love (especially if they really need it, LOL).
7 | Try a DIY Project
The internet is full of DIY (do it yourself) projects, especially Pinterest. Look around, and when you find something that you’re interested in, give it a try! Make your own headbands, soap, jewelry, or reading nook. There’s so many ideas out there.
I hope this helps for your bored days. Next time you’re bored, don’t just reach for the phone. Try something new and see what happens.
What do you do when you’re bored? Comment down below to share!