5 Grown Up Boredom Busters

“I’m sooo bored!” Whether you admit it or not, those words are still a part of your mental vocabulary–despite being grown, mature, and fully capable of providing your own entertainment. Yet there’s no need for shame,  because we’ve got you covered!

Dry those tears of boredom and keep on reading to discover your newest source of amusement (totally grown-up and totally great).

1. Give back.

In this day in age, volunteering often requires little more than a computer. Log onto volunteermatch.org, search for “virtual opportunities,” and you’ll find results ranging from knitting scarves for the homeless, to mentoring teens via sites like icouldbe.org. A way for you to keep busy could be quite a blessing for someone else.

2. Interior-redecorate.

The underlying cause of ultimate boredom is getting too caught up in the same ol, same ol. While we can’t change most of it, our homes and personal space are fair game. Study up on feng-shui, color schemes, and textiles and go wild! Or, if you’re on a budget, simply rearrange the items you already have for a fresh new feeling. Change your space, change your life.

Related: Beautify Your Space on a Budget With These 5 Tips

3. Challenge yourself.

For a fun and unique way to focus on your health, creativity, or overall productivity levels, group challenges are the way to go.

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Pick an activity, anything from daily meditation to healthy eating to art creation, and recruit as many friends as you can (social media is a definite must for this one). Set a length of time for the challenge to run, check in with each other daily, and select a reward for those who complete it. Not only will you be kept occupied, but you’ll reap multiple benefits, including an enhanced social circle.

4. Have a staycation.

We often get so drawn in by the appeal of foreign lands that we overlook the adventures to be found right in our own backyard. Uncover such gems by visiting your local farmers market, free (or low cost) city museums, libraries, parks and more! Consider participating in a local art show or lend a hand in the community garden. Visit your city’s website for a calendar of events and bask in the joy of not having to pack.

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5. Host a party.

Don’t have a reason to celebrate? You don’t need one! Use that dull down-time to unleash your inner party planner and start creating a bash to be remembered. It can be as simple as a fondue night with a few friends, or as big as a neighborhood block party. From the food and drink to the design and decor, you’re sure to have your hands full. Just don’t get too overwhelmed. Remember, this is meant to be fun.

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Though no one can resist a good Netflix binge, there are moments when TV just doesn’t cut it. The next time you find yourself sprawled on the couch with nothing to do, take a look at our list and say, “boredom-be-gone!”