When you’re bored, it can often feel like there’s nothing to do and this feeling can lead to days that seem downright gloomy. Fortunately, there’s plenty of things you can do to send your boredom packing! 

Here are five easy activities to keep boredom at bay and add a little fun to your day.

1. Catch up with loved ones

Whether it be in person or over the phone, catching up with a friend or family member is sure to lift your spirits. And if you choose to catch up via phone, it doesn’t have to be through regular old call or text. 

For iPhone users, Facetime is always a great option for video calls. There’s also Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype. Even Facebook, Snapchat and Whatsap offer video chat.

2. Cook something new

Even when you’re bored, you have to eat. Why not change it up? 

A good recipe is a great way to kill time, learn something new, and get your body the calories it needs! Remember, lack of nutrients won’t do anything to help your boredom; in fact, it’ll only make it worse.

Hate cooking? Pull out Google Maps and find a restaurant nearby with a stellar rating and give it a try or grab some takeout and try eating somewhere with a view. 

3. Organize your space

Take lessons from Netflix’s show The Home Edit and optimize your space. 

Decluttering and organizing your physical space will help do the same to your mental state, and give you something to focus on other than that bored feeling. 

Added bonus, if you find stuff you decide you don’t need, you can give it to charity!

4. Meditate

Perhaps the best way to cure your boredom is to do “nothing” at all. In today’s society, it is way too easy to lose track of your body’s and mind’s needs to pause. 

Try practicing stillness, and use it as an opportunity to reflect on the positive things in your life. 

Having a hard time meditating on your own? There’s plenty of guided meditations on YouTube at your disposal. 

5. Get into art

Bring out the arts and crafts. Don’t have any art supplies lying around? No problem. Just about every digital device has an app or software you can doodle away on. On an iPhone or iPad, you can even doodle within the Notes app, which comes pre-downloaded on your device. Not to mention, you’re sure to have some paper and a pencil lying around somewhere.