Being bored at home is tiring, especially lately, during the quarantine. The past couple of weeks has been quite insane during this pandemic. We are living in uncertain and confusing times since we have never lived through something like this before. I always thought quarantine only happened in games and movies, to be honest.
We constantly change the way we do things to avoid boredom and stress. Being bored at home suck, but with the quarantine added on top it hits a different level of boredom. This is why your habits and routines have to be excellent so you can be as healthy as possible. These 5 things are crucial to maintaining your sanity and realizing there is more to life.
If you practice and maintain these 5 things, you will be able to stop being bored at home. Instead, you will be more productive, disciplined, and appreciate life a bit more than yesterday.
1. Prioritize and respect sleep
Have you slept for 6 hours and woke up energized, but woke up tired after sleeping for 8 hours? Or maybe it is vice versa.
We all are all different individuals, which means we have various needs and wants along with our bodies. Although studies recommend that most adults sleep for an average of 8 hours, that’s the thing, it’s average. This means that you can fall right on the 8-hour mark or below or above it.
We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it is important to get proper sleep. Sleeping and waking up properly can either make or break your day. Sleeping energizes you throughout the day causing you to be productive. On the other hand, it can lead to having a headache and just being lazy. Our body needs a certain amount of hours of rest and it is different for everyone. You may have heard of billionaires who work like machines. They can do this because they know their sleep schedule and how much sleep they need.
It is time for you to create your sleeping schedule while we are in quarantine right now. Simply turn off your alarm for a week and go to sleep. Do this preferably before 11 PM, the latest, and not at 3 AM, as alien as that may sound. Naturally wake up in the morning and keep track of it for the week. After that week, you will know how many hours of sleep is sufficient for you. Then, adjust your bedtime accordingly. Stick to your schedule despite how difficult it will be sometimes.
Sleep is more important now more than ever while bodies are trying to adjust to being inside. Our bodies need rest to drive us each day and provide us with energy to be as efficient as possible.
2. Write down ONE SPECIFIC GOAL
You may have seen this one coming because it is essential. Right now it seems like we are in a ‘groundhog day‘ situation It feels like we are reliving the same day, but with more of “I have nothing to do.”
Being bored at home is just a spark for future habits. Continuously laying on the sofa becomes a norm and potentially a health risk. We must have a purpose for each day. We have to make sure we have a reason to get up every single morning.
You don’t need to have 10 different goals and not do any of them or half-ass each of them. Instead, set one specific goal for the day or week and put 100% of your efforts into it. Since it’s one specific thing, you are more likely to do it and maintain it, especially because it is not a general idea. Create a plan so you know exactly what and how to do it. You can add on to your existing or set another goal based on what your plans on.
For example, instead of saying I will exercise this week, say I will exercise for an hour every other morning at 9 AM. This way you can plan when and what you will do. It is specific and clear so you are not left wondering anything.
3. Have an independent hobby
Your social life is either drastically decreasing or is completely gone. Unfortunately, this will be the case for a bit more. You probably realize that there is not much else to do alone either. Aside from binge-watch La Casa de Papel on Netflix, of course. It is a great time to relax, yes, but this is the perfect time to create something for yourself. Something that you will love and enjoy not just now but when even the pandemic is over as well.
In this world, especially now, there seems a focus on doing things with others or for others. Doing things and going places just for validation or to impress someone. It can be easy to forget that we also have our own lives and needs. We have to have our own things going on separate from our actions in society.
Right now it is the perfect time to pick a hobby that you don’t need others for. Pick something you can do by yourself and make it unique to you. A way for yourself to define and express who you are as a person based on what you enjoy. This can be a simple and basic thing or it can be something others might find it weird. None of that should matter because it is something that you love or will grow to love. It is something that interests you. These things can be crafting, building, board games, journaling, beatboxing, or anything that you can think of. Pick something that interests you.
4. Get out of your comfort zone
I don’t know about you, but I love being comfortable in my bubble. If I could be in it forever, I would, but I know I can’t if I want more in life. However, this is easier said than done. It is incredibly difficult and nerve-wracking to go and try something. We may be afraid of possible failures and mockery. Oftentimes, we look for reasons to not do something rather than finding reasons to try it. Once we start seeking opportunities, we will realize there are endless.
Failing is terrifying, but the reality is, we cannot know if we will fail or not without trying. If we keep telling ourselves that we will fail, we might. Moreover, what will failure show? It will show that something didn’t work out. This means we can try and improve it or do something else. It is better to know something didn’t work out rather than spend time wondering what would happen, in my opinion. Failing doesn’t seem so bad as it will help understand the strengths and weaknesses. That is the worst-case scenario, the best case is that you succeed and have something you love to do. Depending on how you want to look at it, it can be a win-win situation.
These changes don’t need to be drastically big, it can be small but challenges your daily lifestyle. It can be things such as cutting your hair, dying it, learning to sing, or even making a TikTok. It doesn’t always have to be big to make a difference. Take small steps to challenge your daily lives.
5. Spend time with your family and/or loved ones
To me, this is the most important one on the list. If quarantine has shown anything, it’s that nothing is certain. The past couple of weeks have been a constant reminder that anything can at any point in time. Statistically speaking, nothing will happen to us until we are at a later age. Sad to say, life doesn’t know statistics (neither do I).
We need to cherish every moment we have with our loved ones because it can be taken away instantly. An argument could be the last thing we have with someone; something we would regret for the rest of our lives. Taking a moment, even 10 minutes, to tell someone our feelings and show them care can make the biggest difference. This should be happening in our daily lives, but it’s more critical now than ever before.
Since you are bored at home, why turn boredom into quality family time? Take some time and spend it with your family or loved ones. Again, it does not have to be anything big. If you have younger siblings or nieces and nephews, do crafts or some sort of activities with them. Make them laugh and get to know them more. Help your family out in terms of cooking and cleaning. Instead of watching Netflix alone in your room, have a family movie night. You may not get another chance to spend time with them like this again, you have no idea.
If there is someone and you cannot see them, call or Facetime them. Show small gestures to your friends and families so they know that you value them. Lastly, if there are any lost or broken relationships, try and fix it, if you can. It may be difficult, but isn’t it better trying to fix something instead of regretting when it is too late? This, sometimes, means being the bigger person by putting your ego aside to reach out to them first.
Again, this is a confusing and difficult time and doesn’t look like it will end so soon. So, take this time to work on yourself and improve your life. Your smallest efforts are more critical than now ever before. Your efforts will help you remain focused and strong. Practice these 5 things to come out on top and be ready for the world when it opens back up.
Let me know what you are doing during this difficult time to maintain your health. What are other things you learned or did while being bored at home? Also, what contents you would like to see in the future down in the comments below.