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Boredom is natural when you’re separated from friends and family or simply have a lot of free time on your hands. Earlier this month, I had dengue fever, and I was stuck at home for 2 weeks. Keeping myself entertained was hard initially. After all, there are only so many times you can browse social media. And what about the new and popular Netflix titles in your queue? They, too, come to an end. So, what should you do if you have severe cabin fever and are fed up? Be inventive. Instead of your usual stay-at-home activities, such as reading a new book, consider venturing outside your comfort zone by writing a letter to your future self or embarking on your first DIY project. That’s not all—we’ve compiled a list of (mostly) free things you can do when you’re bored to tears, so you can keep your sanity and keep yourself occupied.

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This is the list of 5 things free (mostly) I did to keep myself entertained for the 2 weeks that I was on bed rest. It helped me cure my boredom. I hope it helps cure yours.

1. Pick up a new skill

Luckily, we live in an era where everything is available online. All you need to do is use your search engine effectively and you can learn anything. I started learning the piano by looking at YouTube videos. Don’t fret, even if you don’t have a piano. You can download a piano on your phone using an app. Thanks to Dengue, I can now play the first few bars of Beethoven’s Für Elise. You are not required to learn the piano; you may choose another instrument or skill, sky’s the limit. It’ll definitely be available online. It’s that easy these days.

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2. Meditate

Do you meditate to relieve boredom? Do you mean just sit there and do nothing? Yes!

Boredom can assist us in appreciating the simplicity of meditation. Whether your boredom is caused by anxiety, fear, or simply a lack of things to do, meditation is a way to harness your mind and focus on your inner self. You can start with a mere 5-10 mins if you have self-diagnosed ADHD like myself. I assure you, at the end of those 10 minutes, you’ll feel relaxed and calm. 

3. Indulge in at home spa

This was my most favourite thing to do during my bed rest. Since I couldn’t go out for a spa day, I brought the spa home. I’d light scented candles, play some mellow music in the background, and do facials and pedicures at home by myself. It was extremely soothing, and sleeping after a spa day is literally the best you’ll ever get.

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4. Play board games or puzzles 

This is a no-brainer. I have a lot of board games at home, and they kept me sane during my bed rest. It was a wonderful time to spend with my family, and I wasn’t bored either. We don’t spend enough time with our families in this hectic world, so set aside some time for a board game night or something. Nothing beats a competitive spirit for a good family bonding session.

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5. Recreate your favourite restaurant meal

You could always order takeout, but isn’t it more satisfying to make your own meal? If you’re craving your favourite steak frites from that fancy French restaurant, look for a recipe online. You might be surprised (and come up with your new dinner party menu).

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We hope you found our article on how to pass time during your bored days helpful. We recommend bookmarking this article so that the next time you find yourself in a procrastination rut, you’re only a few clicks away from remembering that there’s something exciting, creative, and upbeat you can do to make yourself feel better.

Depending on your mood at the time, you may choose to embrace boredom and reflect on your life, go for a walk in the nearest park, or work on improving your digital skills. Maybe this article inspired you to learn new skills, practice self-care, participate in creative activities, or cook gourmet meals.

When you have nothing to do, that’s fantastic! because now is the ideal time to take action.

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