Get Outside - Royal Show
It's so easy to get stuck on your screen and while away hours watching YouTube videos or scrolling through social media. These things aren't inherently bad, but you can end up spending a lot of time watching and not living. Here are some things to do that don't involve a screen. Note: you may not be able to do some of them during lockdown.
Teen Boredom Busters
We're only a couple of weeks into the holidays but you're bored already - here are some ideas to get you active, creative and off your devices.
Upcycle your old jeans - check out https://www.levistrauss.com for ideas.
Gardening - grow some veggies, flowering plants or succulents. Use pots if you don't have a garden.
Make up your own dance routine - be creative, it doesn't matter if you've never had a dance lesson.
Swim - visit the local pool and swim. If you can't swim well, walking in water is good exercise too.
Camp in the backyard - pitch a tent or sleep under the stars (make sure you use insect repellant).
Play a board game - try a new game. Borrow one from a friend or relative.
Write a novel - if writing a novel is too daunting, try a poem or short story.
Learn to cook - taste.com.au has a Youtube channel
Learn a new language - try a free app or website like Duolingo or Memrise.
Create - buy some air dry modelling clay, do some paper craft, make some jewellery, get creative.
Journal - grab a notebook and pen and write about your feelings, your goals, your fears, your hopes...
Go to the beach - swim, make a sandcastle, look for shells, play beach cricket or volleyball...
Draw - even if you think you can't, give it a go. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube - here's one on how to draw a face https://youtu.be/Fhfx35Lwux8
Go for a bike ride - self explanatory really
Go roller-skating - there indoor roller-skating facilities in most cities
Learn to play a musical instrument - you can hire musical instruments if you can't afford to buy one.
Paint - you can buy cheap paint sets from K-Mart and find hundreds of tutorials on YouTube.
Go Geocaching - it's like a treasure hunt. Here's an explanatory video https://youtu.be/vuFiLhhCNww
Make a bucket list - make a list of 100 things you'd like to do before you're 100.
Declutter your room - choose a small area of your room and make three piles: keep, donate, throw out. Repeat.
Learn to sew - if you don't have a sewing machine at home perhaps you can borrow one. Or you can sew something by hand.
Do a scavenger hunt with your friends - grab some friends do an alphabet scavenger hunt (take a photo of something beginning with each letter of the alphabet)
Paint your nails - no explanation needed. It's more fun when you do it with family or friends
Make healthy smoothies - check out these 12 healthy smoothie recipes at https://youtu.be/YuDhbLQtt2k
Design your own Lego model - find lots of inspiration at Lego Masters Australia
DIY day spa - Anna McNulty has a day spa video with DIY recipes https://youtu.be/bCyLczCh2uc
Visit your local library - borrow a novel, a non-fiction book, a magazine, do a community class...
Learn yoga - Kassandra has a 10 minute video for beginners https://youtu.be/yigadoKHUVM
Note: some of these won't be possible if you're in quarantine or lockdown - please obey your local rules and regulations.
Holiday Boredom Busters