I’M BORED, MOM! These are words that most adults despise hearing from the kids in their lives. We usually meet that statement with, “How can you be bored?” Kids have games, books, iPods, gaming systems. You can’t be bored.
Cue speech: “One of the things wrong with today’s generation is that they have No Imagination…”
Guess what? Now, I’M battling boredom. I have a lot more empathy and understanding for today’s generation, because to be honest, I’m feeling it, too. Since quarantine started, I’ve cleaned, organized, read, crafted, DIYed, Netflixed, and Hulu-ed. I can’t think of anything else to do. I’m so bored. Now what?
Avoid Boredom in Quarantine
1 . Get Creative
It may not be easy to come up with ideas. There’s a plethora of classes to take online and new things to learn to do. Once you have looked around the Web, sit down and write a list of things you may want to learn how to do. Your list may look like this:
I want to…
- Learn Italian.
- Learn to bake a cheesecake.
- Find out how to Salsa dance.
- Learn to draw/paint.
- Learn how to make a container garden.
2. Connect With Others
Whether you’re a person who is dying because of social distancing or you’ve enjoyed the time to slow down, staying in touch with those you do life with can be a key to keeping boredom in quarantine away. There are many ways to reach out and/or stay connected with people.
Some ways include:
- Writing a letter to a friend—tell them what you like about them, why you miss being around them, what fun things you can do together once this is over.
- Have a Virtual Brunch or a Virtual Happy Hour on video chat.
- Make a homemade card and mail to those you care about.
- Have a Virtual Dance Party.
3. Practice Gratitude
Seeking gratitude and thankfulness will help you appreciate what you have. I love the memes that remind me: “I’m not STUCK at HOME, but I AM SAFE AT HOME.” That statement reinforces to me that I have options and opportunities where others may not. Make a list of everything that you are thankful for or list five things at the end of each day.
I can now see why kids say, “I’m Bored!” But I’m learning that boredom in quarantine is neither a fact or fiction, but rather, a choice of my perspective.
I choose NOT to let boredom take over.