It may seem impossible to escape from the boredom. This is especially true now when many of us are trapped indoors due to the social distancing efforts required to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people have children to keep them busy; others have even more to do in this crisis.
People are inside, staring at the same walls they have been staring at for days, possibly alone, feeling like nothing can get them out of this mess. Do not worry; Boredom is a state of mind and we want to keep you from doing it.
Here we’ve rounded up great mood and boredom ideas to try online the next time you’re feeling bored and down.
Top Things to Do When You Are Bored Online
The best way to kill time is to watch random or videos of your interest on YouTube or Netflix. Since the flow of the videos is so passive, it’s easier for the viewer to zone out and join back up whenever they feel like and as many times as they want.
It’s not necessary that one kills their time watching mindless videos. There are millions of videos and channels which are entertaining and educational. They are not only fun to watch, but also expand your knowledge and helps you become a more perceptive and empathetic person.
Even though it’s true for YouTube, Netflix is not any different. There are dozens of series, documentaries and myth buster movies to watch while relaxing at the comfort of your home.
Play Online Games
You can find a gazillion games to play online when you are bored. From shooter games, puzzles, war games, car racing games to city building, apocalypse, football and online multiplayer board games, you can almost anything of your interest.
But there are two games which you should definitely try right now, if you have not yet!
- The Wiki Game
This exploration game gives you a starting article and an ending article of Wikipedia. The player has to navigate through one article to another, using internal links in order to complete the round. There are five modes including fastest, fewest clicks, exactly six clicks, no using “United States” as a link and five clicks to Jesus.
This game shows the player a Street View of locations all over the world. Your goal is to look around and place the pin after finding your exact location on the world map. Closer you are to your location; more are the scores. Using several different maps, you can enjoy a range of possible locations and filters.
Listening to Podcasts
It is never too late to believe the podcast craze and to start listening to it. If you still haven’t gotten the opportunity to listen to this wonderful form of entertainment, now is the time to start!
You can find podcasts on various interesting topics and true stories such as mystery-based, true crime stories or women centric topics which become a great source of entertainment.
Podcasts also helps in personal growth of a person by teaching them various lessons. For example, if you are a procrastinator, several online podcasts will teach you to increase your productivity while managing your time and encourage you to complete tasks as soon as you can.
The download option helps listeners to enjoy the podcasts at their own convenience which seems like a great way to kill boredom.
Reading eBooks & Comics
Just like videos and games, there are several sites where you can find online books or comics to read. Not just amateur comics, but the most popular ones like DC and Marvel are also available online for FREE.
With genres ranging from comedy, antiquity, sci-fi to modern-day fiction & history, you can literally find eBooks of your choice helping you kill hours of boredom while imparting several facts and knowledge.
Pick Up New Hobby or Skill
The best way to kill your time at home or when you are bored and still be productive while doing that is by learning a new hobby or developing a new skill. More than half of the videos which you watch on YouTube are surrounded by people who are showcasing their hobbies online and earning an extra source of income by uploading those videos online.
Even if you do not want to focus on the monetary side of learning a hobby, it is also a journey to happiness. According to a study, developing a creative hobby can actually make a person happier. You could learn cooking, writing, gardening, playing an instrument and even photography while sitting at home bored.
Start Your Own Blog
Writing in journals has been a time-tested activity for people to vent out their mental and psychological feelings through content. While the way of expressing feelings remain the same, the way of writing has changed. Earlier people used to write blogs and journals on a physical notepad, but internet has opened your write-up for the world to see and share similar stories of them with you.
It will always be enjoyable to read if you record your own thoughts and express them openly. Once you write these blogs for 30 days straight, it will become a part of your daily routine. Maintain it for months, and see the change in your personality and confidence.
Build Your Wish List
If you have the necessary discipline and commitment, this might be a fun activity for you to do when you are bored. It also has its benefits.
Start with treating the activity as “Window Shopping” on your favorite shopping website. Think about things you are interested to buy, read their reviews and do some research, now add it your cart and save it for later.
Once you Save For Later, it becomes your wish list. But here’s the twist, you cannot buy these things unless they have been on your wish list for almost a month. If a month goes by, and you don’t crave to buy the item anymore, congratulations, you just saved yourself some bucks!
So, when you’re bored, consider shopping without buying. It not only helps you control your expenses, but also kills your time.
Find Love Online
Once you become addicted to the online dating space, there is no going back. Keeping an open mind and a positive attitude will help you flow through these dating websites easily while making your conversations smooth and fun.
What’s better than finding love while killing your boredom? The possibilities are virtually endless.