For many, living alone seems to be too daunting. There are days when we can lounge around the house and do the absolute least. However, there will always come a time when you will get bored even by doing nothing. The pandemic has shifted the workforce to a long -term work-from-home setup. Some have fully adapted to it quickly, while some are still struggling.
For those who live with housemates, getting bored might be the last thing on their to-do list. For those who live alone with or without the pandemic around, aside from work, it seems as if there is nothing else left to do. Here is a list of tried-and-tested activities that will surely kick the boredom out of the picture when you’re bored at home alone.
What to do when you’re bored at home alone
1. Make yourself a meal
Unleash your inner Gordon Ramsay and whip yourself a good breakfast, or recreate your well-loved dish from your favorite restaurant.
2. Be your own barista
Ever dreamed of being a barista? This is a good time to give it a try.
3. Have a dance party
Everyone has dreamed of being on stage at one point. When bored at home and alone, take this opportunity to dance to your favorite song. No one is watching, so take this opportunity to dance your heart out and relieve stress.
4. Sing along to your favorite artists
Aside from dancing, singing as if you’re a famous pop star can do wonders for your mood. Bust a note or two and don’t hold back. No need to worry about singing off-tune as no one is listening; this will certainly bring such satisfaction.
5. Tidy up
Organize your work things and personal things. This will help you draw the line better between work and life. If you have designated a specific workspace, the better; the next step is to keep things tidy to improve focus and productivity.
6. Wash your clothes
Working from home does not mean you neglect your responsibilities at home. Multitask! Put your dirty clothes in the washing machine while you work on a task for work.
7. Deep clean your home
When you have more time on your hands, clean your home, and this is not just the regular sweeping or dusting. Scrub the walls, wipe the windows, and wax floors; you’ll surely be satisfied and more pumped to work in a clean environment.
8. Organize your closet
Working from home does not mean you won’t dress up anymore. It’s time to organize your closet and unearth pieces of clothing you haven’t worn in a while. An organized workplace and closet will help clear your mind.
9. Learn a musical instrument
Learning to play a musical instrument does not only help in relieving your stress, but it also sharpens your memory. This activity can make you be more alert and increase your focus.
10. Enroll in an online language class
Despite spending most of your time at home, you can still meet new people and build relationships while learning. People say that learning a new language is best done when you’re younger, but it should not hinder you from acquiring a new skill. Learning at any age will always be beneficial. Who knows this language you learn can bring bigger and brighter opportunities for you in the future.
11. Finish your to-read list
Whether you are taking a break from your work tasks, or just plain bored at home. This is the perfect time to start on a new book. Explore a different world and “meet” new people by simply opening a book. Your long list of to-read books will thank you for this.
12. Start a work-out routine
Long hours sitting in front of the computer for work, watching TV series, or playing computer games will take a toll on your body. When bored at home, start a work-out routine. If you are not the athletic type, you can opt to start with Workingden’s stretching suggestions or this much more area-focused exercise.
13. Reconnect with longtime friends
Talk to friends both new and old. It will be exciting to hear some news from your longtime friends.
14. Initiate a video call with family or friends
Being by yourself for quite some time will not only make you feel bored, but sad and lonely too. Send a message, or better yet initiate a video call to family and friends. It will not only help you shake out boredom, but it will also put smiles on your family and friends’ faces, and yours too.
15. Learn a dance routine
Aside from being a good work out, this dance routine might come in handy in the future.
16. Be a baker for a day
What’s perfect with coffee or tea? A nice, warm, and freshly baked goods. You get to savor the flavor even more as you prepared it yourself.
17. Revisit old memories
Photos and videos are all a single click away. Reminiscing about the good ol’ days will surely put a smile on your face.
18. Make a photo album
Technology has certainly taken over our lives, but it’s always good to look at photos and physically touch them. There’s a specific charm to the old-school printing of photos and putting them in an album.
19. Write a book report
Remember that to-read book list you made? Why not accompany them with a book review too? Either write the review by hand, or type it online for others to see; you don’t just get to relive the book you’ve just finished, but you will also help others make a decision on whether a book is worth reading or not.
20. Get moving
Move around the house!
21. Pair your socks
To help to get ready in the morning be easier, try finding your lost pairs of socks. This might seem silly, but your feet would be thankful for wearing the same socks for once.
22. Get creative
Draw, paint, act, or do it all! Doing something creative will instantly make you feel inspired.
23. Be a videographer
Starting a new exercise routine? Trying a new recipe? Making your own coffee? Take a video of it! It will be interesting and fun to look back at these things when you’re sad or tired.
24. Hone your skills
Improving your skills is always a good idea. You will be glad and thankful you did this in the future.
25. Redecorate your home
Having a different view while working or just staying at home will help keep the creative juices flowing.
26. Try your hand at origami
Not everyone is cut out at it at first, but there’s no harm in trying. This is such a peaceful, relaxing, and fulfilling activity. Your output can also serve as house decors.
27. Play games
There are some games that can be enjoyed even when you’re alone, or better yet go online and play against your friends via video calls.
28. Talk to your plants
Much like any other human being, plants need words of affirmation too. It is said to make them grow healthier and stronger.
29. Attend an online concert
Concerts are such joy givers. You can still do this even when you’re just at home. Set-up your speakers, search for your favorite band’s concert performance, and press play.
30. Start a gratitude journal
Being at home for most of the days if not all can get boring and tiring. Nevertheless, it also has a lot of advantages. Take this time to reflect on the things you have and are experiencing.
Listing down things you are grateful for can have good effects on your mental, emotional, and physical health. Also, at the end of the day, there is always something to be thankful for.