10 Ways to Get Rid of Boredom in the Holidays

10 Ways to Get Rid of Boredom in the Holidays

With a splash of creativity you can get rid of boredom in the holidays. There is more to life than sweets and reruns.

Maybe you’re handing in those last minute essays at university. Maybe, by some magical fate, you have just met the deadline for work or maybe you’re cleaning the house like a thing possessed, because you’re certainly not letting your auntie Mary point out there is a stain on the carpet. No matter where you are or what you are doing, there is an amazing moment when you breath a sigh of relief. You guessed it – your work is truly done. YOU ARE FREE.

However momentous this moment, once you’ve climbed out of your days-long coma of TV re-runs and sweets you realise there’s still a recession, your bank has been drained and you have endless holiday stretching ahead with nothing to do. Boredom is a fire-breathing fiend, and you must slay it! And lo, I have provided you with ten different swords of guaranteed non-breakage…

10 Ways to Beat Holiday Boredom

Go on a magical mystery tour (Model: Lady Fi. Photo: Mookychick Calendar 2012)

  • 1. Hit up the sales with a friend. You don’t even need to buy anything! You can browse around the old stock the shops have pulled out of the dust cupboards from the 90’s and have a giggle. Alternatively, if you’re feeling flush, set yourself a limit of £5 and see who can get the most for their money.
  • 2. Wrap up warm and go to your local beach for a walk. When you get home, make yourself a massive mug of hot choc and sit by the fire. Oh, and don’t forget to take your doggie with you if you have one!
  • 3. Pamper yourself: Take a couple of hours of me time, put on a face mask that makes you resemble a female hulk, crack open that leave-in conditioner, buff your feet and paint your nails. Don’t forget the candles and background music.
  • 4. Make some holiday treats. This is what I like to call a backwards recipe; see what’s in the cupboard and then figure out what you can make from it. It’s fun and creative and you get to eat it afterwards, what could be better?
  • 5. Get crafty! Get out your crafty bits and bobs and make some little thank-you cards for you Christmas presents. The art of the thank you card seems to be dying out, so keep it alive and get your arty farty on!
  • 6. Movie Marathon. Invite your friends round, get the popcorn pooping and have a few fun-filled hours of your favourite movies. Work together to create a theme for the movie marathon.
  • 7. Coordinate your wardrobe. Before you give me that ‘have you lost it?’ look, give it a go. It can be fun and you can create new and cheap outfit combinations you never thought possible.
  • 8. Go for a drive. If you have no car or van, convince a friend of family member to take you on a magically mystery drive… you never know where you might end up.
  • 9. Get snap happy. Go out into town, country or forest and capture its magic. You can turn the pictures into an amazing piece of bespoke wall art with some glue and card – and you can print said collage onto canvas frames.
  • 10. Last but not least, drink and be merry. Boredom is only a state of mind, and it can be vanquished whenever you choose to take control and get creative. Happy Holidays!

You’re never bored when you’ve trained birds to do your bidding…