It happens to the best of us, and in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month in July, here are some simple ways to fight off boredom. There is something for every age group, and if you’re still bored after doing everything on the list, we recommend you start again.

Whether you use your talent to give back to the community or volunteer for your favorite charity, indulging in little civic duty connects us to our neighborhoods and the larger world around us. We often meet new people and experience a level of appreciation that is sure to keep boredom from sneaking back in.

Learn a new game
Challenge your brain by learning how to play a new card or board game. Competition excites many of us, and when the game is on the line, boredom doesn’t stand a chance. Besides, learning a new game allows us to interact with our friends and family. And who doesn’t like the thrill of competing against them!

Call someone
Call just about anyone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Visit, catch up, and find out what you’ve missed. Not everyone is on social media, and even those who are don’t post everything. So call a friend, former co-worker, or family member and strike up a conversation. Who knows where it might lead.

For some, meditation is an acquired skill. However, once you learn a few basic techniques, meditation becomes a helpful ability to have. Whether you approach it as a time for prayer and spiritual growth or a way to relax, meditation has many health benefits.

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