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Sometimes being home alone can dampen your spirits and make you feel bored out of your mind. Other times you may have so much time on your hands that you would not even know how to spend it, weekends and public holidays are examples of days when most people have time on their hands with nothing on their schedule to engage in. Whether you decide to spend your time alone or with someone, there are so many enjoyable activities that can take the edge off the boredom you are currently feeling, some of the simplest ones you can do are:

  • Read: Who says reading is not fun? It doesn’t always have to be textbooks and boring journals that have to be studied all day. Magazines, newspapers and novels are written for pleasurable reading and they can be read to while away time and discover new fun facts. The next time you feel so bored with your environment, just grab a novel or a newspaper and gently digest the contents. This way, you will kill two birds with one stone, you will learn new things and get rid of your boredom as well.


  • Go out: The world is a wide and beautiful place and human beings are not meant to remain in just one position. Boredom can be easily eliminated by seeing new places and things that can stimulate the mind and improve your mood. Rather than staying home all day wishing the boredom will go away, step out into a new environment.


  • Play music: If you are a music type of person, then you know how well music calms nerves and stabilize the mood. The fun thing about playing music is that you can sing, dance or just relax and enjoy the beats. What better way to kill boredom than to shake your body to nice sounds? This way you get to engage yourself in a light form of exercise and also enjoy yourself.


  • See a movie: Yes you read that right. The main reason why people go to the cinemas and pay to see movies can actually be traced to boredom. Once you have a video player at home, you can easily turn your home into your own cinema and movie house depending on which ways you like it. By the time you finish seeing a couple of movies, boredom will be out the door. In our opinion, it is even better to see the movies with someone.
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  • Learn a skill: Instead of staring into space waiting for the next routine activity, learn a skill. Learn: to cook something different, things you can do with ankara, how to create a new fashion, to redecorate your house, a new language, or anything at all. You’ll be amazed how refreshing it is not to waste your time to boredom.

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This article was first published on 10th September 2016


Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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