Every once in a while, we all get bored. Whether it’s with our routine or just one of those days where we don’t know what to do, boredom strikes. It happens to the best of us, and in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month in July, we have 21 simple ways to fight off boredom. We have something for every age group, and if you’re still bored after doing everything on the list, we recommend you start again.

  1. Go for a walk
    For most of us, it’s as easy as walking out the door. Besides giving our brains a break from whatever is boring us, walking is one of the best exercises there is. It’s low impact, gets our heart pumping, and requires no additional equipment other than some good shoes. As we get that oxygen flowing to our brain and other body parts, the boredom will slip away. We feel motivated to do…just about anything.
  2. Take a nap
    Sometimes a 15-minute catnap is all it takes to rest our weary brains. It’s also an alternative for those who found walking less than inspiring. Don’t take too long of a nap, though. Long naps can interrupt your sleep cycle or even make you feel foggy.
  3. Learn a new skill
    Whether it’s for work or a personal goal, tackling a new skill challenges us and keeps our minds sharp. We refocus our attention and come away feeling accomplished once we’ve mastered a unique ability. Consider something out of your comfort zone or just beyond your reach.
  4. Try a new routine
    Are you finding you’re bored around the same time every day or on the same day of the week? Shake up your routine by rearranging your schedule. Add a mid-day workout routine. If you go to the same place after work every day, change it up and try a new restaurant or pub. Take a different route to work in the morning. Mixing up your day will give you something to anticipate and will keep boredom at bay.

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