How to Battle Boredom


A very bored dog lounging in her bed.

Maraba Roznik, Editor and Reporter

I’m sure there’s been moments where we all find ourselves with virtually nothing to do. Since school is out, and there’s no piles of homework to keep you occupied, it can be easy to slip into boredom.

We may be mind-numbingly flipping through TV shows, binge-watching Netflix, practicing being an invalid in bed, perfecting the art of being a couch potato, or perhaps just staring at a wall. In shorter terms, all our productivity flew out the window hours ago.

Now I’m not saying that having staring contests with a wall isn’t fun per se, there are just other ways you could be spending your time.

You could always go for a walk with a friend. A previous article of mine discusses the benefits of walking, such as staying fit, improving your mental and emotional state, and decreasing your chances of illnesses.

You could gather a group of friends and walk around your neighborhood to hunt pokemons with the Pokemon Go app. In this game you can create your own avatar, and dive into a virtual world developed by GPS. The app allows you to join a team or play individually, and track pokemons near you. Not only is this a way to battle boredom, it also provides exercise, and gives you time to hang out with friends.

Staying organized can also keep you from being bored. For instance, you can create a list of things you want to do. This list can include projects you hope to accomplish, assignments or chores  you need to finish, or even recipes you want to try out.

If you’re into physical activities such as running or working out, you could create your own workout routine, or plan out a running route. This will not only occupy your time, but also give you an exercise plan you can use for as long as you want.

If exercising really isn’t your forte, you can get in touch with your creative side. This can be accomplished by taking up photography, writing, drawing, or even origami. You can take pictures of nature of household items and feel artsy. You can also work on a poem or a fiction story in 55 words.

Don’t let boredom get the best of you. There are countless activities you can do to overcome boredom. All you need to do is find something you are interested in doing and do it.