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How to Overcome Winter Break Boredom

Winter Boredom

In any situation, boredom can cause you to pull your hair out. However, winter break boredom is particularly worse. A lot of TV shows are taking a break for the holidays. Many are suffering from seasonal depression. Your friends and family may have even taken a trip this year, leaving you to fend for yourself. Whatever your reasons, if you’re beginning to slowly lose your mind, try some of these ideas to overcome winter break boredom and enjoy your break.

Clean Out Your Closet

While this may not seem like the most interesting of alternatives, cleaning out your closet is an extremely productive past time during the holidays. You’ve probably gained or lost a couple pounds over the past year, so you have several items that no longer fit. Beyond this, you’re able to judge whether you actually wore an item of clothing in the past year. If not, it’s time to let it go.

Don’t just stick to your clothing, however. You probably have towels that have seen better days, or even makeup that’s barely holding on. If you’re going to have a great new year, it’s about time you cleared out all of the clutter from the previous one.

Keep in mind: If you’re already going to be cleaning out your closets, you might try donating your collection to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Around this time of year, they could definitely use the surplus of items.

Start A New Hobby

The idea probably sounds appealing, but you’re thinking to yourself, what on Earth could I be good at that I haven’t already figured out? The answer is anything! You won’t know unless you try, so buckle down and experiment.

What do you like to do already? Do you have an interest in something but you’ve never really done anything about? What sounds fun or exciting? Choose anything and explore this new side of yourself.

You could be a fabulous knitter or a rock star at photography. As the age old saying goes, you won’t know until you try. So, if you’re doing everything you can to avoid winter break boredom, you might as well find something that you’ll really enjoy.

Be A Tourist in Your Own City

Whether your home is Small Town, U.S.A. or New York City, try to explore your city with fresh eyes. Go out to eat at a local restaurant, or a popular tourist spot that you may have avoided due to the lines. Perhaps the food is really all it’s cracked up to be. Walk along the streets that you know, and experience it with a new sense of wonder and appeal.

Explore new places that you’ve never been to, or haven’t been to in a long time. Take advantage of an aspect of your city that you never have before – a concert series you’ve never been to or a wine walk you’ve wanted to try.

You’ll learn to appreciate the city that you live in so much more if you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone for a little while.


It’s understood that just about everyone – anyone sane, that is – hates to exercise. You have to put on your exercise clothes and go somewhere to do the exercising. By the time you’ve sweated through your shirt, you’re exhausted.

However, thirty minutes of exercising is less than 20% of your day. It’s hard to work out, but it’s also hard to be out of shape and overweight. The type of hard is up to you. You’ll thank yourself later for choosing to exercise, and the endorphins from exercising will make you feel better in the long run.

Winter break boredom is the perfect time to get off of your butt that has molded itself into the couch and get into shape. Before you know it, we’ll be smack dab in the middle of swimsuit season.


While this option should be pretty obvious, not many people remember to actually relax during the holidays. They feel winter break boredom crowding in, and have no choice but to do something, anything. However, relaxing is a very important aspect of this break.

You’ve survived yet another year of hard jobs, hard relationships, and hard situations. You deserve to put your feet up, grab some snack food, and binge watch the latest season of your favorite show.

Whichever way you choose to stave off the winter break boredom, it’s important to enjoy the holiday season for everything it entails – it only happens once a year.

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