Ah, you finally have time off from work or school, and it feels simply amazing. You sleep in, enjoy a late breakfast and of course, watch all your favorite TV shows that you've fallen behind on. Although it’s great knowing there's plenty of free time ahead of you, it’s also incredibly easy to start feeling bored. Instead of sitting around on your phone getting lost on social media, discover activities you can do right at home or outdoors. We’ve rounded up the best things to when you’re bored, depending on your mood.
Enjoy food outdoors. If the sun is shining and you’re ready for a bite, head out to your favorite café or restaurant and ask for a table outside.
Go for a long walk. Make the most of a beautiful day by taking a stroll outside. Plan a route through your favorite landmarks and make sure to pass by a park to smell the flowers.
Start your own garden. Tune out the world by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands full of dirt in a garden. In addition to the de-stressing benefits, all the digging quickly becomes a workout. Choose between container gardening or a veggie garden.
Go for a bike ride around the neighborhood. Take a tour of your surroundings and get some exercise in by jumping on a bicycle. Invite friends to come along for the ride!
Go to the beach. After loading up on sunscreen and grabbing a beach towel, make your way to the beach for a day of relaxation. Feel free to also make it a destination in the colder months - you'll find it's a peaceful spot with crashing waves.
Visit a beautiful local attraction. If you'd rather be on your feet exploring, check out an attraction near you. From museums to state parks, there's always a sight to see.
Explore a flea market. With the weather warming up, flea markets will start popping up left and right. Look out for flyers or do a quick search online.
Help the kids beat boredom. Let's face it: Screens relieve dull moments, but it isn't the best solution for children. Instead, spend time with them at historical landmarks, practice a sport together, or get crafty with a DIY activity.
Listen to the best Disney songs. What's better than feeling like your best self? Nothing, except maybe singing your favorite hits from Disney movies!
Or go to the movies by yourself. Part of treating yourself is doing whatever your heart desires at your own pace. Going to the movies solo may seem intimidating, but you'll feel empowered making all the decisions without worrying about a plus-one.
Plan your next getaway. Instead of daydreaming about flying off to a faraway beach, go ahead and actually look up plane tickets, hotel deals, or even a luxurious cruise.
Start journaling. If having ample free time is resulting in a lot of thoughts and ideas, jot them down in a journal and start bringing them to life. Or venture into the intricate world of bullet journals.
Listen to a mediation video. Tuning out your surroundings isn't always the easiest thing to do, but doing so has great benefits. Mediation videos can easily guide you through mindful exercises and techniques.
Clean your home from top to bottom. It always seem that boredom strikes the instant there's a mess, but doing the simplest task, like cleaning dishes, can boost your mood in seconds. If you don't know where to get started, we've got the best cleaning tips and a schedule to tackle every inch of the house.
Wash all the windows. A part of the home that's forgotten too often are windows. Let all the sunshine in with these tips for the best results.
Clean your makeup brushes and Beautyblender. Your skin will definitely thank you later for taking the time to clean all of your makeup tools, even that overused Beautyblender. Amazon reviewers are loving this small ridged, silicone mat for the job.
Go through all of your purses. As the seasons change, so do our purses. While switching out bags, it's easy to leave things behind (wrappers, receipts, money). Clean out your purses one by one and you just might find that lipstick you've been looking everywhere for.
Clean out your closet for clothes to sell. It's time to go through your clothes and declare your true love for the pieces you actually wear. If you haven't worn it in the past year, consider posting a picture of it on a fashion clothing app so it can find a new home.
Discover the art of organizing kitchen drawers and cabinets. Already mastered the KonMari Method? You're obviously ready to dive into the wonder that is drawer and cabinet organizers. Please hold the applause.
Refresh your mantel to fit the season. Make the most out of your fireplace by thoughtfully decorating the mantel. Showcase your best family photos or add a pop of color with flowers.
Dust off your outdoor space. When it's out of sight, it's out of mind, but outdoor spaces also deserve dedicated attention. Prepare for the upcoming BBQs and gatherings by vamping it up with new outdoor furniture and accent pieces.
Clean your white shoes. With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, white shoes pretty much go with every outfit. Making your Converse or Vans look like new is easier than you may think.
Shop for new essentials. There's no such thing as having too many of your home essentials. Whether you need to stock up on more cleaning products or your bed is ready for new sheets, you can quickly create a list by just looking around the house.
Create a summer reading list and place an order now. Can't wait to read under the sun? Start browsing these summer must-reads and the best books of the year. And let's not forget the mandatory self-help book.
Download an audiobook. If you can't wait to start a particular book or you're opting for lighter baggage, audiobooks are the answer. Listen to the best of the best and discover interesting finds along the way.
Try a coloring app. Adult coloring books are available in-stores and in mobile app stores. Concrete on your masterpiece or multi-task with music/podcast/audiobook in the background. Colorfy and Happy Color are popular ones to check out.
Make a custom photo book. Gone are the days where photo books were time-consuming DIY projects. Instantly create a personalized book with all of your favorite photos thanks to a variety of online services.
Work on your wish list. There's always an important event around the corner, whether it's your birthday, an anniversary, or Christmas. Put together a wish list of items (or experiences) you have your eye on, so you'll never be caught off guard.
Put together a care package. Make a friend or family member feel extra special when you mail them a package full of their favorite things. Consider a theme like self-care.
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