Summer is here and students get a break from the structured learning they experience during the year. Students relish the time off, using it to travel, hang out with friends, and sleep in on many mornings. Some choose to get summer jobs or internships, too. But for many, boredom becomes a common feeling. There are a lot of students who end up idle and feeling listless, useless, and/or stagnant when the excitement of having downtime wears off.

 

There is a wide variety of things to do during the summer to keep boredom at bay. People on summer break can participate in online activities or spend time outside, learning new hobbies or relaxing with friends and family. There are so many options! If you are worried about being bored during summer break, look no further! Here is a list of fifteen easy-to-do summer boredom buster activities.

 

ONLINE FUN

  1. Learn to play an instrument
  2. Learn needlecrafts
  3. Learn to draw
  4. Learn to code
  5. Learn a language

 

OUTDOORS FUN

  1. Go hiking or biking
  2. Go stargazing
  3. Spend time gardening
  4. Go on a picnic
  5. Create a sidewalk chalk mural

 

OTHER FUN

  1. Play board games and cards
  2. Learn to cook
  3. Read new books
  4. Volunteer in the community
  5. Camp in the living room

 

“You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.”

Earl Nightingale

 

While summer boredom is something families struggle with to some extent every year, it is not a completely negative thing. Benefits of boredom include helping overscheduled students to relax and rest, inspiring creativity, becoming more introspective and learning self-care methods, finding personal passions, and pursuing new goals. It encourages students to manage their time well, with a purpose and with intent; it often functions as a kind of catalyst for action that motivates people to engage in something that is meaningful (even if it’s simple daydreaming). Experiencing and overcoming boredom is valuable because it helps them understand the need for balance–it is important to stay active (mentally and physically), but also to limit things that lead to being overstimulated and stressed.

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