While we all get bored from time to time, it’s important to know that chronic boredom may be bad for health, as experts have found it can be associated with depression and anxiety
July is Anti-Boredom Month, and the perfect opportunity to explore new hobbies and interests, while giving yourself the tools to combat boredom now and in the future. Check out these ideas to mix up your day.
Try a new recipe: Think outside the culinary box. Look for a recipe from a style of cuisine you haven’t tried before. Or, attempt a cooking feat for the first time, such as making pasta from scratch.
Host a book club: Pick a book you’ve been meaning to read and invite friends to join you in reading and discussing it. This can turn into a monthly tradition, with a different host each selecting the book each meeting.
Express yourself: Pick up a pen, set a timer and just start writing. Don’t overthink it. When the timer buzzes, you may find you have the opening of a novel, a poem or song lyrics. Writing prompts, available online, can help you get started.
Jump-start a pick-up game: You don’t need to join a formal team or have lots of equipment to enjoy athletic competition. Call your friends and head to a local field for a pick-up game of soccer or two-hand touch football for some on the fly sportsmanship.
Explore nature: Take a hike or make a splash. Head to the mountains or the lake, and explore nature. Take your camera along, and make a photo book of all the things you’ve explored.
When boredom sets in, remember, there are abundant ways to combat it at home, in your backyard and beyond.