10 Boredom Killers That AREN'T Browsing Social Media

Instead Of Swiping Through The Same Apps, Learn How To Cook, Clean Your Room, Or Text A Friend

Catch up with a friend you haven't talked to you in a bit or hit up your best friend because you can never talk to them too much, right?


Because I'm an only child, I face boredom all the time. Both my parents worked while I was growing up, so I was always home alone for hours after school. Sometimes I used to go outside and play with my friends, but the weather wasn't always favorable or they had other plans. I couldn't even drive back then, so I had to come up with new ways to keep myself occupied.

Here are some of the things I did back then that we all still can today when we are bored out of our minds.

1. Read a book

Get all comfy in bed or sit by the window sill and open up a whole new world. The book will take you places like never before and time will pass by so fast. You can reread one of your favorites or start a new one. There are so many books you can read online for free.

2. Bring out the Picasso in you

You don't need a whole canvas or some fancy paint. Make a sketch in a notebook or some printer paper. Bring out those Crayola markers and color pencils and doodle your mind away. You can make something for your bedroom/dorm wall or something to decorate your school binder with.

3. Time to finally clean your room

I know this one isn't too exciting but this is the perfect time to do it. And, you never know what you find while cleaning and that may very well help you pass time. Also, you can make the cleaning process fun. All those half-used water bottles we have in our rooms can make a fun game of basketball with the trashcan.

4. Facetime or call a friend

Catch up with a friend you haven't talked to you in a bit or hit up your best friend because you can never talk to them too much, right? You can even call grandma and ask her about her day. I can bet you that she'll be the happiest person ever.

5. Try out a new recipe

Being home alone means mom isn't home to yell about the mess. Pull out the recipe book or look something up online and get started. If you know you're parents aren't coming home until the evening, try to make

6. Binge watch a TV show

You can rewatch the classics like Friends or even start a new show. Don't forget to grab your snacks before you get all comfy and start watching because nothing sucks more than having to get back up again.

7. Start a DIY project

DIY projects are so much fun and you can get plenty of inspiration from Instagram and the Internet. Make something for your room, to give as a present, or even for school, The options are endless!

8. Online shopping

Sit on your laptop and go on a shopping spree. Check out the deals some of the stores have. Grab that free shipping or BOGO deal!

9. Do your nails

Pick out your favorite color or go with a theme for an upcoming season or holiday. You should try some intricate designs, like the ones we all see on our Instagram Explore pages.

10. Party time

Take those earbuds out and blast some music from your speakers out loud and dance your heart away. No one is watching you anyway so move those hips all way.

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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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The Shape Of The Monster: Depression

The second piece in a series about mental illness.


The last thing I want to do is glorify mental illness, give it a platform, give it a name. But I need to talk about it, to work through it, to show that it's something many people experience.

It goes like this.

Hey! Sorry I haven't called you back. Everything has been so busy.

Every time I think about even picking up the phone and calling you, something heavy but familiar sets in my stomach like a weight.

You know how things get.

You know how easy it is to want to slip into absolute nothingness, right?

I've been trying to write, but my writer's block has been limiting me a lot.

Everything I write is so bad. The flow is off. It doesn't sound like me. It feels so crooked and wrong. I can't do anything right.

How are things? Has work been alright?

I hope you feel successful. I hope things are easier for you. I hope you are as happy as you seem.

I'm okay.

I don't want to be here. I don't want to be anywhere. I feel crooked and wrong like I just want to scream and cry and dissolve.

I've just been so tired!

I have been tired for at least a decade. Tired of never sleeping. Tired of never feeling anything more than either absolute devastation and absolute nothingness. Tired. Tired. Tired.

I hope I can see you soon.

I hope I can bring myself to get out of bed and out into the world. I hope I can force myself to shower, and get dressed, and be a contributor to society, to social obligations.

I miss you.

I miss you.

I love you.

I love you.

I promise to call as soon as things lighten up a bit.

As long as the chemical imbalance doesn't destroy me altogether, hopefully, I can feign vague interest for a short phone call.


Goodbye for now, maybe goodbye forever, maybe I'll work up the courage to call you in another 2, 5, 7 weeks or so. My life is made of "maybes." Maybe one-day things will be better. Maybe one day I'll be happy. Maybe one day I won't be anything. Maybe.

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