Five Things To Do To Prevent Boredom

Being in a rut is a pretty tricky place to dwell. You know you are bored, but with such a massive amount of hobbies, pursuits and distractions around you, where do you begin? It’s almost as if there’s too much stuff to do and it’s easier to not think about it and stick the telly on. Hopefully, we can condense the myriad of boredom busting past times on offer and give you some ideas to broaden your horizons and get moving!

Learn a Instrument

Perhaps it’s time to take a second look at that sign advertising guitar lessons you’ve seen on the supermarket notice board. Or you could try something a bit more adventurous. Learning an instrument is a great way to feel fulfilled and to provide a little extra training for your brain. But if piano or guitar feels a little pedestrian, why not have a crack at learning the ukulele? It’s one of the most popular stringed instruments to master with an explosion of uke devotees over recent years.

If you are more of a blower than a picker, then you can master the ancient art of the didgeridoo. Or if you’d rather not lug an instrument case around, why not develop your own talents and learn to sing. There has been a boom in local choirs that tackle all sorts of different musical styles. We’re not saying you’ll get on the X-Factor but you might make some new friends and have some fun.

Write A Book

It is said that we all have a book inside us. Perhaps it is time to unleash yours on the world. Whether there’s a particular subject you’re fascinated by and want to research further or you have a cracking idea for a story that you want to develop, the secret of writing is simple. Just do it. Most writers fail because they don’t write, or are daunted by the prospect, even though we all write everyday in the form of emails, notes and letters. For inspiration or dedication, join a local writing group, or set aside a certain amount of time each day to write. Even if it’s ten minutes a day, you’ll be surprised how much you’ve amassed by the end of the week. There are any number of online resources to help you produce better work and to self-publish your completed opus if you feel it’s up to snuff.

Learn to Cook

You don’t need to play the trumpet and writing that pirate story isn’t vital. But we all need to eat. So why not take the time and master a few cookery basics so the stuff you put inside you is as healthy and delicious as possible. Every second show on TV these days seems to be cookery related, but don’t be daunted by drizzled-this and infused-that. Sign up for a few hands-on courses, where simple basic techniques that can change your whole culinary outlook are explained. Or head online for simple, basic cookery courses, where you can create dishes that don’t seem unnecessarily complicated.

Climb Your Family Tree

History is an endlessly fascinating subject – but your own personal history can be the most fascinating of all. There has been a genealogy explosion in recent years, thanks to research data being so readily available online and popular TV shows covering the subject. Once you start your quest to unearth your roots, you’ll find it an engrossing, sometimes emotional journey. Start with your own knowledge and gather together pictures, letters and documents relating to your family. Check with relatives about their memories, then start to work backwards, using online resources or information available at record offices and libraries. You’re sure to discover something you never knew about your family background.


We’re not saying you jump on a jet and head to Richard Branson’s private island. Rather take a look around you. There are a myriad of fascinating places on your doorstep. Areas swarming with local history or hidden away sites you never knew existed. Sometimes a change of scene can inspire and invigorate. Not sure where to go? Just hop on a bus and see where it takes you. Or head to the train station and see if anywhere sounds intriguing. Just a trip to the next town over may unearth some fascinating insight or lead you in a new, exciting direction.

About the Author: Dale Shaw currently writes for If you’re ever in need of something to make the boredom of normal life disappear, check out this site to see what activities are available.

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