Kids aren’t the only ones who can feel cooped up when they spend lots of time inside the house. Here are cheap and fun things to do when bored at home, for older kids and adults!
What to do when you’re bored
I don’t need to say it:
These are surreal days.
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the whole world has changed.
Non-essential places have closed and so many people are working at home now. And those are the lucky ones.
Other people have had to be laid off because there just isn’t work right now.
So this means tons of inside time. If you’re someone who isn’t used to being home a lot, you might need some ideas when you are bored. At first it sounded like everyone being home-bound might be only for a couple of weeks but now we can see it’s probably going to be much, much longer.
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Things to do when you’re bored at home
There are certain folks that are relishing in this extra time at home: introverts, dogs loving their humans being home all day, little kids happy their parents aren’t going in to work (Miss O has been SO happy this week with both of us home).
But extroverts might be already going stir-crazy, some cats might be pissed off that you’re home all the time, and people who already have anxiety might be struggling without some of their usual outlets (seeing friends, going to exercise classes).
If you’re not used to being home this much (let’s face it, that’s most of us), I put together a fun list of 15 things to do when bored at home.
15 Fun and frugal things to do when bored at home
Save this list and go back to it when it is week three at home and you’re wondering what to do when you’re bored!
1. Watch animal cams.
If you’re tired of hearing about the no-good-news, turn on one of these animal cams for a smile. You can watch brown bears in Alaska, sea otters eating (and being adorable), a jellyfish cam, doing their animal things and being in the present moment. It’s just what we need right now.
2. Stream Broadway musicals.
Watch Cats, Kinky Boots, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and many more Broadway musicals and plays. They are offering a free trial right now too!
3. Watch penguins go on a field trip.
One of the cutest things to do when bored is see penguins wander around Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium that is right now closed to the public. Watch their excitement as they explore on a field trip to their own aquarium.
4. Attend the Paris Opera from your home.
The Paris Opera will be streaming many of its beautiful ballets and operas from its website for free.
Here is the schedule:
May 11 – 17: Don Pasquale (2018)
May 18 – 24: the documentary L’Opéra by Jean-Stéphane Bron (2017)
May 25 – 31: Boris Godounov (2018)
5. Make money watching videos.
If you want a super easy way to make some extra money when you are bored at home, you can sign up here for Swagbucks. They even give you $5 just for signing up!
You can watch videos, take surveys, and redeem points for cash and gift cards. You can even have the videos running in the background while you do other things.
6. Watch dolphins in the Venice Canal.
With Italians quarantined and therefore staying out of the Venice Canal, the water has become clear, and animals are returning (or at least we can see them now!). Viewing dolphins swimming in this recently grungy canal brings some hope in this difficult time.
7. Watch seeds grow into plants.
No, not in real time unless you are really that meditative and patient.
Though this idea might seem like an unusual thing to do when you’re bored at home, it is strangely fun to watch.
This time-lapse video of seeds growing is very calming, and also hopeful. Two things we need right now.
8. Visit with Australian animals.
The Melbourne Zoo is offering a way to visit from home, with live streams of baby snow leopards, giraffes, lions, and more.
9. Take a virtual tour of The Palace of Versailles.
The Palace of Versailles opens its doors online to share 22,000 works of art including the gorgeous The Hall of Mirrors, The Grand Trianon, and The Fountains. Get cultured from your couch.
10. Make extra money taking surveys.
Since this social distancing from covid19 will be lasting weeks if not months, you might as well make a few bucks when you’re bored at home. This is one of the best survey sites I’ve found, legit and you can actually make money.
11. Cute cat videos for when you are bored.
I mean do we really need the excuse of a pandemic to watch cute cat videos? This cat video featuring an adorable pair of cat buddies plus a human who is very detail oriented and patient is strangely mesmerizing.
If you’re not only bored at home but also anxious about health and money and generally about the state of the world, there are lots of resources that are specific to the Coronavirus outbreak and anxiety. Here are four:
12. Take care of your mental health.
This is a list of five ideas to manage our worries in this time of the covid19 outbreak.
13. Do yoga.
The very popular YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene offers a collection of yoga practices to support you in times of uncertainty and help you find peace.
14. Triangle breathing.
This triangle breathing video has been around for years and is incredibly relaxing. Breathe in as the shape unfolds, breathe out as it contracts.
15. Use mindfulness.
Meditation teacher Tara Brach gives tips for calming your coronavirus anxiety. Read her tips on using mindfulness in a pandemic here.
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