Partake in a little television binge-watching. Start watching a popular series on one of those online streaming services, like Netflix or Hulu. Very often, people become so engaged in a show that they are happy to watch multiple episodes in a single sitting.
Find a few websites and/or blogs to follow. “Google” or “search” any subject and all sorts of sites and blogs will show up. Many offer new content on a regular basis and some ask for your participation.
Become an indoor gardener. There are many lovely plants and flowers that do very well indoors. It can be quite rewarding to plant a seed and watch it grow.
Write or record your thoughts and memories. You may end up with something that can be passed on to future generations of your family or even turned into a published book.
Put together a scrapbook or photo album. Most people in the “seasoned” times of life have a lot of actual photographs to organize that were taken with real cameras... not phones.
Research a subject or take an online class. You can find classes and/or information on any subject or pursuit you can imagine via the Internet.
Enjoy some “comfort food.” Indulge in some of the foods that make you feel good, unless your weight is a health issue or your diet is restricted. Many people feel warm and cozy over a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of soup or a serving of old-fashioned baked macaroni and cheese.
Start a new hobby or pastime. Just make sure it is something you will enjoy and are able to manage successfully. If an activity is too challenging or too taxing, it will not be much fun.
Read a good book. Pick up that book you have always wanted to tackle or listen to an audio version of the story.
Catch up with friends and family. Connect via phone calls, texting, or email. Invite some people you enjoy over to spend time with you and perhaps watch a movie, play a game, or simply chat.
Tackle puzzles and word games. Exercising the mind and keeping it active is important as we age. Even if you are limited to what you can do physically, you can enjoy and benefit from a workout for your brain. There are even games and puzzles specially designed for people with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease.
Listen to your favorite music. Enjoy some of the tunes from throughout your life that mean something to you and perhaps take you on a trip down “memory lane.”
Spending long stretches of time indoors, especially in one location, can be dull and even mind-numbing. It is monotonous to have no change of environment or scenery. It can steal away motivation and make anyone feel bored and lethargic. Unfortunately, there are times when we may have no other option. Even if it is not our choice, many of us have found ourselves – or will find ourselves – limited to one indoor location for an extended period of time. It could be the temporary result of illness or injury. It might be due to a more permanent physical or mental challenge.
Fortunately, there are ways to beat the boredom of being stuck indoors. It is possible to come up with activities and create goals to keep yourself busy. Here are a few…
Start your own blog. If you are an expert on a subject or if you have some ideas or thoughts to share, there are probably people using the Internet right now who would be interested in what you have to say.
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