Welcome back to the 30-Day Sustainable Domesticity Challenge! It’s day 28. Sometimes bipolar disorder manifests in being housebound. That whole depression thing. So on days when neither Maxim 1 nor 2 will work for you, let’s talk about what to do when you’re bored at home. ‘Cause if you’re going to be at home, you might as well enjoy it.
If you’re home and taking a day off for your mental health, I give you full permission to enjoy yourself. This is a time that is full of possibilities, even if you’re greasy, smell bad, and are wearing yesterday’s underwear.
What to do when you’re bored at home: 35 Ideas
- Assess your finances and devise strategies for improvement.
- Assess your professional life and think hard about whether you need to change something.
- Bond with an animal.
- Clip your toenails.
- Cook up a big batch of something and store it in the fridge for later use.
- Design a project.
- Do the thing you’ve been putting off.
- Donate to a cause you love.
- Fill an entire page up with doodles.
- Invite a friend to come over and let your panic drive you to shower and tidy up.
- Light a candle for someone you care about.
- Make a playlist.
- Make cookies and give some to a neighbor.
- Net. Flix.
- Organize a game or craft night or potluck.
- Plant a few seeds.
- Play a tidying up game.
- Practice your chess game.
- Read a book.
- Read book reviews and see if you can discover a new favorite author.
- Research interesting continuing education classes.
- Restorative yoga.
- Sit outside with a beverage.
- Start a memory file in Google docs and jot down some memories that you have.
- Start learning a new skill, for example, how to poach an egg or how to do beautiful hand lettering.
- Take inventory of your pantry and order groceries.
- Take the longest, coziest nap possible.
- Text a friend that you haven’t spoken to in years.
- Think about possibilities for starting your own business.
- Tidy up a room and enjoy the improvement.
- Toss away a few things you don’t need.
- Try your tea or coffee in a different way (try coffee with maple syrup and heavy whipping cream!).
- Wipe down the light switches.
- Work on that novel you shelved a few months ago.
- Write a story.
Here’s your homework
The next time you find yourself choosing a day at home and you’re feeling a little aimless, pick three of these ideas. Try them out. See how well they work for you. Then comment here and let me know how it went! Was texting a friend an absolutely nervewracking experience that turned out well or did it just fizzle out or was everything normal and lovely? Were you able to sleep when you went for that cozy nap? When you started writing, how did that go? If this post was helpful, share it on social media so your friends can be inspired as well.