Since breaking up for college almost a month ago, I’ve definitely experienced days where I’m bored out of my mind, and nothing I do to distract myself has worked. I’m usually quite good at avoiding these days, but it happens to the best of us at times.
Now that it’s summer for school as well as colleges throughout England, and other countries in the world, I know there are probably others in a similar position to myself.
With that said, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve been doing to keep myself entertained. Perhaps it will give you some ideas of your own, or allow you to adapt things to your own liking.
Have a Clear Out
I know having a clear out probably isn’t the top of the list, or the first thing you’ve tell your friends when discussing plans with them, but hear me out. Being able to pack your school or college things away in a draw or wardrobe, not to be seen for the next couple of months, makes me feel so relaxed. Not only that, but you may be able to get some money for the items you no longer want. You can save the money for something you really want, or use that as your means or going out with friends over the rest of your summer break.
Although the money incentive isn’t there, like with the suggestion above, volunteering can be so rewarding. As humans, we naturally like to feel good about things, and volunteering is an activity that definitely provides that feeling! Not only does it provide you with good feeling, but you can also receive a reference from your volunteering position, which will help immensely when you start looking for paid work in the future.
When I mention volunteering, your thoughts may fly to images of working in charity shops, but there’s so much more to volunteering than that. You could look online, or in your local newspaper, to find opportunities that might appeal more to you.
I even managed to find a local animal charity willing to take me on for the three months of summer. I haven’t been there long, but I’m already really enjoying it so far.
As much as summer is about keeping busy, there’s nothing wrong with admitting you want a day off. A day in bed, binge watching your latest TV obsession or watching cringe-worthy romantic comedies from the 90’s is nothing to be ashamed of. And, although we’d like it to be sunny throughout our holidays, we all know how unpredictable the British can be, and nobody wants to go out when it’s miserable outside.
Even if this isn’t something you envision doing by yourself, you could incorporate a friend and save the money you’d spend on going to the cinema to buy snacks and other goodies while you watch your latest Netflix obsessions. If you need suggestions for Netflix shows on one of your down days, check out my post on my Must Watch Netflix Obsessions.
Reading / Reading Challenges
Some people might argue that the age where people read books is slowly ending. However, I’m sure I’m not the only teenager out there who can’t think of anything better than sitting down with a good book every now and then.
If you’re a teenager in a similar boat, why not check out the local library to see if they’re holding any summer reading challenges? They’re usually held for different age groups with different goals in mind, so you could even make it a competitive challenge with your siblings! This may also inspire you to read books out of your comfort zone to read your goal, which may help you discover a new genre you enjoy.
Even if you don’t have anything local going on, or you’re too old to take part in anything the local library does offer, why not try the annual Goodreads reading challenge? On here, you make your own goal, and try and read that number of books in a year. You could always make a smaller goal if it’s something you only plan on continuing throughout summer. You can follow my yearly reading goals by clicking here.
And, hey, did you know that research has shown that reading increases your vocabulary? That means, if you continue reading, you’ll be strides ahead of your other classmates when you go back in September!
Do an Online Course
I’m not saying your entire summer should be devoted to learning. After all, the holiday’s are meant to be spent enjoying yourself and resting your brain after such intensive studying throughout the year. However, what’s the harm in continuing to learn about things you’re actually interested in? It’s a bonus if said interest isn’t something they offer in schools!
This is something I’ve been doing for about a year and this point. I’m taking an online psychology diploma, and it’s taught me so much more than what I knew beforehand. I don’t do too much, nothing more than devoting an hour or two to it when I have the time, but the difference in my knowledge is unfathomable.
Learn A New Language
I’ve always wanted to speak Spanish, and while I learnt it in school, I never really got to grips with it. However, I wasn’t ready to give up there! Since 2014 I’ve been slowly working my way through Spanish with the free website Duolingo. I don’t do nearly as much as I should with this, but it provides great motivation when I do get around to it. I definitely recommend this to those of you who share a similiar interest in languages as I do.
Have you got your own ways of curing teenage boredom through the long summer months that I haven’t mentioned? Please leave your recommendations in the comments below!
Until next time,
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