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Bored? What To Do When You Are Bored

There is nothing to worry about whenever you are bored. By involving yourself in some kind of activities of your interest you can  get rid of the feeling of boredom.

There is nothing to worry about whenever you are bored. By involving yourself in some kind of activities of your interest you can get rid of the feeling of boredom.

Remember those moments and times when you feel totally lost and baffled on what to do. You get bored and can’t find anything interesting to spend your time on. A situation like this leads you to inactivity and can develop negativity in thinking, also effecting your over all general mood. Here we should not forget the saying,

“An idle mind is a devil workshop”.

To be true, this is a very wise thing to say as when you can’t think of anything to do, poor thoughts start to take up space in your mind with addition to the laziness feature that starts to take over your physical self, leaving you more bored and tired of everything that goes around you.

Now what to do with this boredom and how to get rid of a bored feeling is an important question. The remedy is simple. All you have to do is to make yourself involved in some kind of activity that will be fun and useful for you both. If you look around you will find many things that you can do in your bored, free hours.

Below are some of the things which you can do to relive yourself from a bored feeling.

Activities That You Can Do When Bored


Reading is one of the most interesting activity that can not only get you involved in doing something but can also become a very useful, learning activity for you. Therefore whenever you are bored or do not find anything to do, you can either pick up a good book to read, or a newspaper reading will not be a bad idea either. If you are not the kind of person who is into book reading, then you may hop on your computer and start browsing online.

The world of internet is full of many things to read of your interest. You can read about anything ranging from serious to non serious material. You can entertain yourself with many lighter things to read or you can enhance your knowledge while reading various articles, blogs, or anything you like or wish to. Therefore reading can be a good activity which you can do when you are going down in the tunnel of boredom.


If I would say that we live in a virtual world, then it won’t be wrong. In the present day, our communication is much dependent on the social networking sites. The sites like Facebook and Twitter are not unknown. Many people use them as a good way of communicating with their friends and family. So when you are feeling bored, the use of these social networking sites to interact and have a good chat with your friends and family is quite interesting. This will help you freshen up and your mood will become better.


Gaming is also another good option to involve yourself into something that gives you pleasure and is enjoyable at the same time. There are both indoor and outdoor games. You can either play at your home, on your computer, PSP,Wii or many other options that are available for gaming indoor.

The outdoor games vary as well, from soccer to basketball, from baseball to cricket, anything you like to you can get together with your friends or family and then play and enjoy.


Visit online on and watch a wide variety of videos of your interest. From music, to movie clips, from how to do tutorials to a much larger range of everything is available there that can be entertaining for you.


Another very best thing to do is to watch a movie when you are getting bored. It is the easiest way to spend time and the probability factor of getting rid of boredom also becomes very high due to this activity. There is a wide variety, type and genre of movies available, from animated to horror, from suspense to fiction, from comedy to romance ,you can select whatever you wish or feel like to watch at the time when you are getting bored.


Hanging out with your friends is another very interesting thing to do. Friends are good companions and interacting with them is one of the very nice things which can relieve you from a bored feeling. You can make plans with them of hanging out somewhere at a café, or go to dinner with them or even visit their place. You will enjoy your time spent with your friends.

If you can’t hang out you can even call your friends to have little chat with them. Even calling your old friends to catch up with them is not a bad idea either.


When you are getting bored, listening to music is one of the very best options. Switch on your music players, listen on the radio, download songs from the internet etc are the kind of sources you can enjoy music with.

Not only this you can arrange up your music library or put your whole music CD’s in order. Anything that you feel like you can go ahead with that.


People who like painting don’t have to fret or get worried at all when they are bored. Painting is a kind of activity that really involves your mind into something interesting to do. You can paint and play with colors while enjoying to the maximum.

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It is one of the most interesting activities for the people who already enjoy the art of cooking. You can make up something for yourself or for your family, you can try out new recipes or even you can create and discover some good thing to eat on your own by being creative in combining different food items. Once you get involved in cooking you will start to enjoy automatically and won’t feel bored at all.


Swimming is also a kind of activity for the people who are physically active and would like to spend a nice free time while getting the maximum benefit out of it. If you are bored you can go for swimming and enjoy a nice time while doing a good exercise and freshen yourself up.


People who have keen interests with plants and flowers can really get involved with this activity. Whenever you are getting bored you can always go and look out on your plants, water them, prune them, sow some new seeds or even go and get new plants from the plant nurseries or stores. It is a healthy activity which gives you immense pleasure and is fun at the same time.

There are many other things which you can do while you are faced with the challenge of utter boredom. All you have to do is to look around, find for yourself and choose what to do when you can’t find anything to do.

Lets see....


For many people laziness is a big obstacle in their way to productivity.Learn through very simple and easy to follow steps on how to overcome laziness through this article!!!

© 2012 Saadia A


Saadia A (author) on April 20, 2013:

Thank you "Bored Guy" for dropping in your comment while you were bored :) I am glad that you found some idea and you won't be bored anymore :)

Bored Guy on April 19, 2013:

Yes i'm bored too it was helpful to get the idea from this site :D now i'm gonna watch some movie

Saadia A (author) on February 19, 2013:

Thank you very much for your comment iguidenetwork. I am pleased to know that you liked the ideas. Indeed boredom is something that can raise the effect of negativity in our moods. One must try to stay busy and enjoy the free time at hand.

Thanks for your votes as well. I appreciate :)

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on February 19, 2013:

Very good, fun and useful ideas. I believe boredom leads to depression, so it can't be taken lightly. Voted up and useful.

Saadia A (author) on August 06, 2012:

Hi danielabram.... I agree with the fact that whenever you are bored you at times discover things which you never know existed within or around you.

Thank you for dropping in your comment. Much appreciated!!!

Saadia A (author) on August 06, 2012:

Hi GoForTheJuggler....Thank you for your visit,appreciation,vote and sharing...:) It is indeed always have been a good feeling if you learn more and more about what you love or like to do. I wish you best with regard to your film making experiences. Hope you rise and shine in your endeavors and keep on loving what you do !!!

Thanks again for leaving your comment. I appreciate much!!!

danielabram on August 05, 2012:

I have found boredom leads to discovery and opportunity to express inner creativity.

Joshua Patrick from Texas on August 05, 2012:

Great ideas here, learner365. I spend a lot of my free time studying film and TV, since I am a filmmaker... which is quite nice, since I'm doing something I love and learning at the same time. Voted up, across, and shared!

Saadia A (author) on May 14, 2012:

Hi Sandy...Thank you for your wonderful comment.It is true boredom is something which all of us has to deal with at one time or another and spending the bored time in a good way is something that helps us a lot in overcoming the feeling.

I appreciate your vote and dropping by to read the Hub.Thank you very much :)

Sandy Frost from India on May 14, 2012:

Really, I do agree that minds start to wander to and fro in idle or spare time. They start researching about some past experiences, investigating pros and cons, exploring universes and this all is due to boredom as this even causes more and more boredom.

I use to play some pc games or listen to some melodious music when getting bored and it helps a lot in coming out of such boredom.

Well, thanks for sharing this useful hub that is somehow linked with everyone's life. Voted up.

Saadia A (author) on April 21, 2012:

Wow ...this is nice to know ishwaryaa that you really try to enjoy in every way you can.i think this should be the spirit instead of just sitting idle and getting totally bored without doing nothing and constantly cursing the feeling of getting bored.

Thankyou for your votes and your appreciation :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on April 21, 2012:

Your list of suggestions are very helpful! I completely agree with you that "an idle mind is a devil's workshop"! I love browsing online, hubbing, reading novels, watching romantic-comedy movies, creating artwork and crafts, cooking new recipes, facebook-chat, watching Youtube videos and hanging out with friends! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up.

Saadia A (author) on April 13, 2012:

Hi pstraubie48...Being busy is a good thing and it is always a best option to get yourself involved in some kind of work to stay away from the b word :)

Thank you for leaving your wonderful comment :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 13, 2012:

I have always said 'boring people are bored.' I do not know if I REALLY believe that...but I guess part of me does. That is really about me...not about others. I never wanted to have an excuse to say I was the b word so I adopted that mantra. Keeping busy...pursuing activities one may not ordinarily as you suggest is a good way to avoid the b word from creeping in. Thanks for sharing.

Saadia A (author) on April 13, 2012:

Hi Vinaya....Listening to music and watching movies is mostly the best options easily available whenever a person is getting bored.I myself do the same often. Thanks for leaving your comment and your time to read the article!!! I appreciate :)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 13, 2012:

Great ideas.

By the way, when I'm bored, I listen to music, watch movies, or meditate for a while.

Saadia A (author) on April 12, 2012:

Hey thelyricwriter ...Thank you for your votes.I can imagine with the work routine like you have,there is no chance of getting bored...:) My best wishes for you and thank you for your time and reading the article.As always i appreciate that :)

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on April 12, 2012:

Up, useful, and awesome. Learner365, these are some great tips. Great article as well. I stay so busy so I don't have an issue. Two jobs, two kids, you get my drift. When we are not active, we think and think. That is when we get in trouble. Depression especially. This is great advice to follow for anyone.

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