How To Be Bored – 15 ways to help you get through this

Whether you’re self-isolating for 14 days, or in a vulnerable group and needing to shield yourself for 12 weeks (and assuming that you’re not actually ill) you’re very likely to be bored out of your skull.

Here are 15 ways to survive the boredom –

  • Do something that’s needed doing for a long time – clear out the shed or go through your wardrobe or sort out your books. Or all three. I’ll be painting the garage floor when it’s my turn.
  • Get into a routine – get up at a sensible time, have a shower, get dressed. You’ll feel better for it even though you might prefer to stay in bed all day.
  • Divide the day up into chunks, so you don’t spend the whole day doing the same thing.
  • Eat regularly – don’t just graze all day. Spend time planning what you’re going to eat, and then cooking it. Breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner, evening snack.
  • Do some baking.
  • Pace yourself. Whatever you’re doing, take your time over it.
  • Never do two things at once. If you’re drinking tea, drink tea. If you’re surfing the web, surf the web. If you’re watching the TV, watch the TV. There’s no room for multitasking when you have this much time to fill.
  • Keep up the communication. Ring or email other people who are also stuck at home. Keep in touch with work if you need to be off but your workplace is still functioning. Check in with elderly relatives – or if you are the elderly relative let your family know how you are.
  • If you have a garden get out in it  – breathe in the fresh air, do that gardening.
  • Do some home-based exercise. There are lots of videos on YouTube. Sitting around all day isn’t good – get up, move around.
  • Have a movie night – choose a movie with care and enjoy it. And don’t do anything else while you’re watching it.
  • Watch something you don’t normally watch on the TV.
  • Deep clean your house from top to bottom – it’ll give you something to do, and in the current circumstances it’s not a bad idea anyway.
  • Keep up with the latest news about the virus – but not so much that it causes you stress or anxiety. Watch the news – and then turn it off and do something else.
  • Read those books you’ve always meant to read. (Why not read my blog from start to finish? Start here!)

I was going to suggest that you could start researching your family tree (you can get a 14 day free trial on But on second thoughts, I’ve been doing it for 15 years. 12 weeks might not be long enough…

What’s the situation where you are? How are you coping with it all? If you’ve already had to self-isolate, what are your tips for getting through it?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. anglosvizzera says:

    All great advice – I’ve taken up spinning (the woolly kind, not the gym version) and have some raw fleeces that I’ve acquired – so plenty of time to turn that lot into something useful to knit with!! The process is quite time-consuming, from cleaning off the muck, pulling out ‘locks’ and washing it a bit to get the worst of the dirt and grease out, then carding and then spinning. Best done outside in the sun, if we get any.

    Which reminds me…another benefit of getting out in the garden would be to get vitamin D from the sun to help with immunity. Many of us are depleted at this time of year which is partly why people are more susceptible to viruses, as the body only stores a certain amount that should have been built up in the summer months. As most people aren’t able to get out at the middle of the day to boost their stores, they will have very low vitamin D levels.

    The sun is now just about at a height to be able to help us produce vitamin D – most effective time is around 12.00-2pm (or equivalent when the clocks go forward) at the moment (when your shadow is shorter than your height) – get at least 10 minutes of exposure without any sun screen, stop if the skin starts to redden. Build up slowly until you can manage 30 minutes (as the skin starts to protect itself by ‘tanning’) and in the height of summer avoid the middle of the day and expose at about 11am or 3pm to avoid burning. The body can’t make any more vitamin D after about 30 minutes anyway, so then you can cover up etc.

    We have some boxed sets that we thought we might watch again – I’ve got all the series of “24” but as it’s a little close to home, disaster-wise, we thought we’d give those a miss and watch the whole series of “Gilmore Girls” – which we loved the first time. Plus the whole set of “Frasier” series which never fail to raise a laugh.

    And then there’s spring-cleaning, washing windows, restoring the decking on the patio and planting more stuff in the garden in case the shops run dry! As I can be a bit of a procrastinator (as can my OH), there’s loads to do…

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    1. Some brilliant ideas there Anglo!!

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  2. SisterStay says:

    All great suggestions, but I particulalry like staying in touch with other people and preferably discussing non-Corona topics!


    1. I think it’s going to be vitally important for some considerable time. xx


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