10 indoor activities to curb your boredom

10 indoor activities to curb your boredom

Syracuse students are familiar with being stuck indoors due to cold weather, but the pandemic poses new challenges to safely pursue indoor activities.
Published: March 12, 2021
A person sits on a couch reading a book.
Reading your favorite childhood books can reconnect you with the past and help you to escape reality for a little bit.

The winter weather coupled with second-semester schoolwork can create a great deal of stress for students, making it difficult for some to find outlets to release anxiety, when the fun is limited to the indoors.

The pandemic has resulted in more time spent isolated and restricted, making the confines of the indoors even harder for students to endure. Luckily, there are plenty of exciting ways to disconnect from virtual schooling with these indoor activities:

1. Read your favorite childhood novel and reacquaint yourself with the pages you used to beg your parents to read before bedtime. Whether Harry Potter sparked your love for reading, or Goodnight Moon was the last book you touched, you can’t go wrong with a literary trip down memory lane.

A person does an arts and crafts project with various supplies.
Arts and crafts are a COVID-19-safe activity to curb your boredom in quarantine.

2. Take necessary health and safety precautions and accompany your roommate to the local Hobby Lobby. Pick out obscure crafts for one another and have fun creating something new and unexpected. Even if your project ends up being a flop, send it to a friend or family member and maybe they’ll like it (or pretend to, at least)!

3. Indulge in the nostalgia of indoor fort-building and show your younger self how far you’ve come! No couch cushion, blanket, or piece of furniture should be left unturned. Remember, the floor is lava. For creative fort ideas, click here.

4. Challenge your roommates to an epic Chopped-inspired battle using the most random ingredients in your college pantry.

A hand writes on paper with a black pen.
Writing letters can help students feel connected to others amidst the pandemic.

5. Brush up on your writing skills and find a pen pal to correspond with. There is nothing more exciting than the exchange of traditional letters with someone new, and many miles away!

6. Lose yourself in storytelling, art and music commentary, news, and more by delving into the diverse array of podcasts on platforms like Spotify. You might even stumble across Newhouse alumna, Margot Lee’s new podcast, Working Title, and give it a listen!

7. Embark on a Marie Kondo-style cleaning journey to discover which items in your life bring you joy, and which items should no longer live rent-free in your closet. Getting rid of clutter can be a fun way to rediscover your favorite items, and donate others to those who can get more use out of them.

A person washes his face with a face brush.
Products like face masks and essential oils can help you de-stress and prioritize self-care this semester.

8. Transform your dorm room or apartment into a spa and practice some much-needed self-care. Order your favorite therapeutic products to produce a zen atmosphere and dive into an array of  face masks and bubble baths galore to help you de-stress.

9. Strut down a makeshift catwalk, sporting a collection of outfits you can’t wait to wear post-pandemic. Shake off the past year of pajamas and loungewear to stun your audience (who is probably just your roommate) with your stylish looks!

10. Channel your productive side and turn planning your week into a creative project by bullet journaling. There are endless ways to decorate and organize your tasks to make your dreaded “to-dos” into fun objectives

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