7 things to do on your own when you are bored

Whether you’re furloughed, quarantined, stuck in home office or simply staying inside because you’re a responsible person – it’s very easy to get bored, especially when you’re alone. Human beings are simply not made for doing nothing

The matter gets even more challenging when you are the kind of person who would like to do not just anythingbut rather something useful. Once this is all over, you’ll have a lot of great things to show for it and you’ll enjoy the feeling of having accomplished something. To help you through these difficult times, here are 7 things to do on your own when you’re bored. 

  1. Work out

Let’s get the toughest bits out there first. If we’re talking about useful things to do alone, we need to mention the option of using the time you have to keep healthy and fit. A workout doesn’t even have to involve going outside! There are tons of videos online that help you get a good workout done. If you’ve always wondered if yoga is something for you – try it out with a free app! You want to get your heart pumping to stay fit? Lots of fitness coaches have started posting sessions for free on YouTube! No more body shaming at the fitness studio, no more worries whether you’re doing it right…There’s nothing to lose – except some weight!

  1. Clean up

Talking about tough bits, this will be the last, we swear. If you haven’t already, it may be time to clean up the place. Not just the regular dust and sweep, but a thorough deep-clean. Get out those rubber gloves and the big old trash bag and get rid of the things you don’t want and need (no, not your work laptop). Put on some fantastic music and snap! The job’s a game! This may take some time, but in the end, you’ll have plenty of space to fill with post-quarantine bits and things and you’ll feel much better for having done something incredibly productive. Plus, you might find some very interesting things in the process.

  1. Catch up with old friends

Even though we’re staying farther apart, this pandemic can actually bring us closer together. Take out your mobile phone and get back in touch with people you’ve been meaning to talk to for ages. Social media makes it possible and who knows what could come of it? Remember the good times you spent together and find out what they’re up to now. Maybe a few kind words are just what they need today – or maybe that’ exactly what they can offer you.

  1. Start a project

Whether you’re into arts and crafts, a technology enthusiast, or you want to breathe some life into your garden or balcony: Now is the time to start a project! You know, that one project you’ve been putting off because you didn’t have time… Or just have a look at DIYs online. For example: You have an old and boring book case? There are plenty of creative ideas for giving old furniture a second chance! You’re into technological things? Start a Raspberry Pi project or build that surround-sound you always wanted but never found the time for! Re-organise your outside living with new plants or just a new layout! There really is no limit to what you can do – well, except go outside and meet people, that is. 

  1. Organise your photos

Talking about projects: Maybe it’s time to organise all those photos on your mobile, tablet, and PC. Instead of just moving them to and from your devices, you could turn them into a photo book. You know you’ve been meaning to do so for a while, but who has time for that? Guess what – you do now! Among the things to do alone this may be one of the nicest ones because you actually get to look through your photos and remember that time, once, ages ago, when you had fun – with people! – outside. Your photo book project could also end up being a conversation starter for you and your friends to reminisce and look forward to the time you get to do things again. If you’re worried about the cost of your projects, there are websites offering photo books deals from the top brands in the UK

  1. Get inspired

Follow your passions and see where they lead you! That can mean watching documentaries about wildlife (Netflix has got quite a few), reading that book that you’ve has on your nightstand for let’s not mention how many years, or maybe looking at or reading about inspiring people. For example, if you’re really into music and drummers, have a look at this article about the 7 greatest drummers of all time. Useful things to do alone doesn’t have to mean chores – it’s about turning boredom into quality time.

  1. Learn something new

Talking about music: Why not learn a new musical instrument? It doesn’t have to be a drum set (unless you’re really out to annoy your neighbours). Try that Star Trek theremin instrument or learn how to make music with your wine glasses (if you fail, you will still have the wine). It doesn’t even have to be a musical instrument. Look for online courses that fit your interests or learn a new language! There are free apps available for almost anything. Once this is all over, you can impress friends, family, and colleagues with your new skillset.

Don’t let this time at home bring you down. There is a good in everything – you just have to find it. These 7 useful things to do alone are just a snapshot of what you can do that will actually yield some results. It will make you feel better about how you’ve spent your time and could even make you a little healthier than you were before. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and keep thinking positively. After all: After every storm there’s a rainbow! 

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