Coronavirus Boredom is Real
We’re all familiar with the face of coronavirus boredom, it’s no joke. Whether surrounded by family or alone, numerous people find it hard to find their happy due to all the coronavirus restrictions.
Typically, being bored means we can’t think of what to do to entertain ourselves. Either we find something to keep ourselves busy, or we struggle through the rest of the day pissing and moaning about it.
We don’t know about you, but we certainly don’t want to have a perm a-frown in our elder years. So allow us to share with you our list of 5 awesome ways to overcome coronavirus boredom.
1- Get Artsy
Still wounded from either failing art class as a child or teen, or being told by a friend or family member that you have no artistic talent? Is your go-to excuse for not picking up a paint brush or pencil, “I can’t paint or draw!”? If so, it’s time to banish that mentality. Please watch the Ted Talks video we’ve included on Why people believe they can’t draw and how to prove they can.
Even if you lack a single creative brain cell, learning to paint or draw can help you overcome coronavirus boredom. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to do so, either. Plenty of free painting and drawing tutorials exist on YouTube.
All you have to do is follow an artist whose style suits you. The lists below should help get you started:
YouTube Painting Tutorials:
YouTube Drawing Tutorials
You won’t learn all the techniques to make an outstanding painting or drawing over night, but we encourage you to keep trying. Just paint or draw like no one will ever see your work!
2- Commit to Making New Recipes at Least Three Times a Week
If the thought of making hamburgers, again, or having one more Taco Tuesday makes you scowl, new recipes are in order. We recommend trying to commit to at least three new recipes a week to break up the monotony.
Why three and not just one? Making one new dish a week would be a step in the right direction, but we’re aiming for coronavirus boredom busting. You need more than a one day solution. Shooting for at least three new meals a week will keep you busy without feeling overwhelmed.
Do not, we repeat, do not let a finicky spouse, partner, or children deter you. You know their likes and dislikes. You can either try to find recipes on your own that you think they’ll enjoy, or sit down and find some together.
Should you truly be limited on trying new food creations because of picky eaters, find some appetizers or desserts you’ve never tried before. You owe it to yourself and your sanity, just don’t forget key ingredients like yours truly.
3- Create a YouTube Channel Dedicated to Reactions
YouTube reaction videos can provide hours of mindless entertainment. However, they can also get a bit redundant.
We’re trying to minimize coronavirus boredom and that requires more than just watching, you need to be proactive. What better way to do so than starting your own YouTube Channel? Dedicate it to reactions and explore music outside of your comfort zone!
You can also drag a friend, partner, spouse, or the kiddos into the mix. Pick music genres you don’t particularly enjoy or think you wouldn’t enjoy and go from there.
Make your “guest” the feature of your YouTube reaction video by introducing them to a song they haven’t heard. A lot of people still haven’t heard the amazing tribute to Led Zepplin by Heart covering Stairway to Heaven or Disturbed’s cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Song of Silence. Whew, prepare for your hairs to stand on end and a huge lump in your throat!
4- Start a Podcast and Broadcast Your Opinions
Can’t rant and rave on Yahoo! anymore since they replaced comments with a survey? Concerned your friends and family will tire of your opinions in real life or on social media? Why not air your opinions via podcast?
Over 90 million people listen to podcasts each month. Instead of being just a listener, you could be an influencer and start your own show. Planning, creating subjects, and deciding when to air will keep your mind active and prevent coronavirus boredom.
Try not to set your sites on becoming the latest and greatest podcast in town. Instead, focus on keeping it fun.
5- Write a Blog, Journal or Book
Many people find writing therapeutic and there’s no reason the same can’t hold true for you. Any paper or computer will do for writing down your thoughts, ideas, or stories. Whether you share them or not is completely up to you.
You can opt to keep your blog private and not concern yourself with keywords, search engines, criticism, or even a word count. If you only have the strength to write, today fucking sucks, then write it! However, it would be more beneficial as a way to deal with coronavirus boredom if you wrote down the reason(s) why it sucked.
Genuine reasons people give for not expressing themselves via blogging, whether public or private, are malware and viruses. In that case, you should create a journal on your personal computer or in writing journal. You can write in a notebook or even find a cute journal with the design of your choice.
Our dear friend and author, LaVender Shedrick Williams of The Other Woman Magazine, Candy Publishing, and Wine Down Wednesday on YouTube sells gorgeous journals featuring her sister’s art. LaVender also offers self-publishing services and will guide you on how to make your dream of getting a book published, reality.
Existential Boredom and Depression
Not everyone will be able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps when it comes to tackling coronavirus boredom. There’s a far more nefarious type of boredom known as existential boredom.
Both clinical depression and anxiety in the US have risen by 30% since the coronavirus pandemic came into play. We’re not mental health professionals, but we can certainly see the possibility of coronavirus boredom morphing into existential boredom and leading to clinical depression.
Should you or a loved one have suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, immediately, at 800-273-8255.
Please like and share our article and feel free to comment! We’d especially love to know if you tried any of our suggestions and would love links to your new blog, YouTube channel, or podcast so we can see the magic you’ve created to combat coronavirus boredom.