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10 Productive Things to Do When You Are Bored

 

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to make those moments of respite more meaningful, more productive, or at the very least, more fun. To encourage you to say bye to your boredom, we’ve come up with a list of 10 things you can do when you’re bored.

 

10. Practice Yoga

A few deep breaths and several rounds of sun salutations are an awesome way to distract your mind from boredom. Roll out your yoga mat and do some stretches at home, or just sit and practice deep breathing.

 

9. Strengthen Your Brain

Whether you grab a crossword, a Sudoku book, or just plan on practicing your general knowledge for the next trivia night, taking a few minutes for brain games will do your whole body good. For a group activity, get your trivia team together to practice in person or over Zoom, so you’ll feel confident next round.

 

8. FaceTime a Friend or Family Member

You may text them all the time but there’s something much more satisfying about seeing their face. Plus you know things won’t get lost in translation if you’re chatting face to face rather than over email and text. Dial them up!

 

7. Pickle Some Vegetables

No, you don’t have to have a lot of tools to make your own pickles (or pickled red onions or any pickled vegetable really). All you need is a container, some vegetables, vinegar, salt, sugar and, if you want, some spices. Throw your pickled veggies on salads, in ramen, or just enjoy them as a snack.

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6. Make Coffee Ice Cubes

If you’re an iced coffee fiend, stop your morning brew from getting watered down by using leftover coffee to make ice cubes instead of water. Just freeze your leftover coffee from this morning — it’s that simple.

 

5. Clean Out Your Closet

We know you have clothes and shoes in there you haven’t worn in years. Take everything out, and then make keep, sell, and donate piles. You may even be inspired to make new outfits when you can finally see everything you own easily.

 

4. Take a Power Nap

If you’ve had a stressful week, there’s nothing like a quick 30 minutes nap to get you back on track. Catch up on your sleep now and reap the benefits.

 

3. Write Down a Few Love Notes

Tuck them in your significant other’s coat pockets or bags. It’ll be a nice surprise for them to know how much you care. And you might just get a love note back in return!

2. Get Lost on Pinterest

Not sure how to tuck an oversized sweater into your midi skirt? Need a theme for your 30th birthday party? Thinking about painting your kitchen chairs? Pinterest is full of ideas — see what inspires you.

 

1. Offer to Help a Friend in Need

Bring over dinner, help clean their house, or just simply listen to what’s going on in their world. They’ll appreciate the help.

 

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