Things To Do To Alleviate Boredom

For many of us, the lock down has not changed our plans for much of the day. Those that work at home continue to do so, whilst many have moved from office to home work. But for those without work and those furloughed, the days can be difficult to get through. With that in mind, we take a look at things to do to alleviate boredom.

Learn A New Skill

The first thing to say is that you should not feel pressured to learn something new or be productive. It is up to you if you want to relax or not. But should you actively want to use your new free time to do something productive, you have a wealth of options. First off, why not prepare for that next foreign holiday, whenever it may be, by learning a new language? There are a wealth of learning tools out there, many of which are free, at least for the basics.

Things To Do To Alleviate Boredom – Revamp your CV

Searching for a new job? The employment market will be unknown after some sort of normality returns. But many of us will be reassessing our lives right now and will either need to look for work or consider a change. If you now possess some spare time, why not give your CV a makeover? Make sure that it is all is up to date with your latest achievements and experience. For bonus points, you could give your LinkedIn a makeover, too, which is what I did last week for the first time in five years!


My least favourite job! But the fact is that during the lock down, my flat is slowly getting cleaner and cleaner. It now resembles how i had always hoped it would! Few of us like this particular job, but this is the best time to get it down. Once you get on top of it, it is easier to keep a home clean. Next up – decorating!

Things To Do To Alleviate Boredom – Exercise

For your physical and mental health, it is vital that you get some exercise. We are all allowed to leave the home for such purposes, as long as we are sensible. Just a short walk round the block every couple of days can make all the difference.

Check In with Friends

It’s great how difficult times can bring out the best out of people, and have unforeseen bonuses. It has made me embrace video calls, checking in with friends and being more sociable. Long may it last.


Time to catch up on all the programmes you never quite got round to watching, or finishing. I may even give The Sopranos another go soon – all 86 episodes!

Utilise a free online course

There are so many to choose from. Needless to say, one of the most productive things to do when bored is to learn something new. There are a range of free courses you can do online from the comfort of your own home. Check out The Open University online and see what tickles your fancy.


Of course, one of the most productive things to do when bored has to be cooking. However much you cooked before, consider improving your skills. It is fun, and you reap the rewards yourself of any improvement

Things To Do To Alleviate Boredom – Read

There are whole worlds to be explored in a book! Time to relax a bit, soak up the sun and go deep into your favourite books. You have earned it. 

We all have a pile of books that we’ve never touched! If you’re stuck for something to do, crack on with your ‘must read’ list. Dedicate just 30 minutes a day to reading. Bonus: Research from Kingston University suggests that reading may make you kinder.

Make Some Plans

Where do you see yourself in five years? Now is a good time to decide what lies ahead. Make the most of a bad situation and aim for better times ahead.