Feeling bored? Here are 10 fun things you can do

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Help! I’m so bored

Run out of things to do? Need a break from your family or housemates? Or maybe you’re on your own and you’re looking for something to fill your time. We’ve put together a top ten list of fun tips to keep you busy and entertained.

Remember this list is just for fun. There’s no pressure to “achieve” anything with your time and you might not be in a headspace where you can do anything at all and that’s fine too. If you need to talk to someone, The Mix is always here.

Learn a TikTok dance

There’s no better way to lift the spirits than to get your groove on, and TikTok has got plenty of inspiration! One of the top trending dances at the moment is Say So by Doja Cat, which is a good one to start with as it’s pretty easy to learn. Challenge yourself by learning the dance to Savage by Megan Thee and you’ll get a work out at the same time.


It’s the perfect time to get lost in another world by working your way through a great novel. Or how about fuelling your social activism with some empowering non-fiction? Start a virtual book club with your friends, search the recommended lists on your Kindle for inspiration, and take a look a look at this list of books to combat loneliness by Stylist.

Learn a language with Duolingo

Duolingo is an amazing language app because it makes learning languages into a game. It sets you daily challenges and rewards you with points when you meet your targets. Muy bien!

Watching your favourite series

Because you can’t possibly be productive all the time. So settle down for a nice binge-watching session.


Whether vegan brownies, elaborate pastries or good old rice crispy cakes are your thing, baking is comforting, relaxing and you might even discover a hidden talent. Head here for Bon Appetite’s baking recipe tips.

Build a fort

A classic for a reason, building a fort has no age limit. Use anything you can find, crawl inside with a cup of tea and some treats and FaceTime your friends, watch a film or read a good book. So. Cosy.

Become a master at Fortnite

This is the perfect game to play if you’re feeling a little lonely, because you’ll be playing with people all over the world! Fortnite’s a survival game in which you play against 100 other people, using strategic thinking in a bid to be the last one standing. It’s free, easy to understand and you can login via Facebook or Google so it’s nice and simple to access.

Get arty

You don’t need to be a talented artist to enjoy drawing or painting, and art can be one of the most relaxing and peaceful ways to fill your time. It’s also great for your brain as it awakens your creativity and gives you something to concentrate on so it’s great for practising mindfulness. Sketch the things around you, go wild with charcoal or paint something you remember seeing in a beautiful place.

Make music

Playing or making music is one of the best ways to get rid of stress and get your creative juices flowing. You might not have access to musical instruments, but there are plenty of free apps that let you mess around with music production, like Garageband and Groovebox (some more examples here). You might already be a musical genius, in which case, why not write some songs, or teach someone in your house how to read music?

Decorate your house or do some gardening

Get yourself some bulbs and green-up your garden, balcony, or window box. You could also finally get round to framing all those photos, or painting a statement wall in your bedroom. Anything that brightens up your living space will make home a nicer place to be.

Still feeling bored? Watch this BBC Bitesize video, which is full of tips on how to stay motivated and keep up your energy.

Next Steps

  • Visit bemindful for more information on mindfulness and to search for a course near you.
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By Holly Turner

Updated on 20-Mar-2020