10 Cheap Things To Do When You’re Bored

Noorulabdeen Ahmad

1. Cook a meal for yourself.

Not only it will save you money, but it will also save you the hassle of waiting in line before you get your order. Cooking will give you that accomplishing feeling of being able to produce something out of the ingredients that you have. Preparing your own meal will make you realize that you can actually survive even without depending on other people.

2. Organize your closet.

It’s funny how can weeks turn into months without you noticing it. You get so busy doing your own thing that sometimes you don’t realize how messy the inside of your closet looks. Having some free time is a good opportunity for you to organize your clothes and throw away the things that you’re not using anymore. Sometimes it’s therapeutic to go over through your old stuff and reminisce the times that you used them.

3. Visit a tourist spot in your city.

You don’t have to travel around the world just to be a tourist. You can be one inside your city. Try to find the reasons why other people are fascinated by the touristy spot near your place. Try to pretend you’re seeing everything around you for the first time. You will be surprised to discover tiny details that you missed or didn’t appreciate before.

4. Finish reading a book.

How many books do you have in your shelf that you ended up not reading until the end? Maybe now is the time to pick them up and be committed in finishing them. Get lost in words and immerse yourself in different characters’ point of views. Turn the last page of a book and have that feeling like you’re about to lose a really good friend.

5. Write a list.

Whether it’s a list from the past or a list for your future that’s circulating in your head, you should allow yourself to release those words out and scribble them down. There’s something relaxing about filling up a clean sheet of paper and turning it into something that’s worth keeping in your life. By documenting your thoughts, you’re capturing and preserving certain moments that you might want to remember someday.

6. Get crafty.

Maybe your room needs some renovation to make it look cozier. There are fun ways that you can look up on the internet on how to decorate your room without spending so much money. It’s time for you to be creative again and do activities that will bring warm to your heart. Art doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive to be considered breathtaking – you just have to be imaginative to make your craft extra special.

7. Watch the sunset.

There’s something beautiful about watching the day fades into a night. Sunset reminds you that everything has an end. You need to learn to feel okay about goodbyes, about finished chapters, about letting go of the things that you used to love. You have to accept the fact that not everything is going to stay the same. And then wholeheartedly embrace change.

8. Host a pajama party.

You’re not too old to ask your friends to have a sleepover in your place. Staying at home is the best way to catch up with them while indulging in a simple and relaxing recreation. You can buy some snacks and sodas that you can pass around while having great conversations with each other. There’s no better way of getting to know your friends than sitting beside them and hearing their stories.

9. Learn a new language.

When you’re trying to learn a new language, your memory skill develops over time. It is definitely difficult in the beginning but once you become comfortable in pronouncing foreign words, it gets easier for your tongue to speak a different language. Learning is fun when you’re not pressured to do it. The best lessons in life are the ones that you learn on your own.

10. Go for a walk.

For some reason, you get better perspective in life when you go outside and walk around your town or city. When you expose yourself to your surroundings, your head becomes clearer and free from so much anxieties. It’s like all of a sudden, you can feel weightless and can come up with good ideas about a new project you’re working on. Going outside gives you a sense that you’re part of a community, and no matter how lonely you feel sometimes, you know that there’s another person you can rely on. TC mark

Angelo Caerlang

Angelo Caerlang is the author of Sparks in Broken Lights.

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