Ideas to help fight boredom

The following list is designed to give you a bit of inspiration, why not choose something and find a bit more out about it. Do a Google search and see what local activities come up in your area. You ll be amazed at all the options and the range of activities out there!

Improving the mind

Educational pursuits that enrich and improve the mind:

  • Study a foreign language
  • Reading
  • Writing/blogging
  • Music/musical instruments
  • Take a quiz


Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and improve both your physical and mental health:

  • Jogging/walking
  • Horseback riding
  • Yoga/Tai Chi
  • Team sports: volleyball, bowls, hockey, soccer, netball
  • Other sports (team or individual): golf, swimming, tennis, athletics, cycling

Social activities

You might benefit most from a hobby that involves friends and/or meeting new people:

  • Card games
  • Movie club
  • Amateur dramatics
  • Dancing: ballroom, salsa, hip-hop
  • Social groups
  • Re-connect with friends and family
  • Join a community group

Creative hobbies

A creative outlet is a great way to find out what hidden talents you have.

  • Photography
  • Scrapbooking
  • Drawing/painting/printing
  • Pottery
  • Needle arts
  • Jewellery making
  • Floral arrangements


Collecting can be a lifelong passion, and it doesn t have to be expensive.

  • Comics
  • Coins
  • Genealogy
  • Antiques
  • D cor
  • Postcards


Getting outside provides fresh air, physical activity, and an escape from everyday life.

  • Hiking or bushwalking
  • Kayaking or canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Letterboxing/geocaching/orienteering
  • Bird-watching
  • Hunting/fishing

Domestic hobbies

  • Cooking/baking
  • Knitting
  • Quilting
  • Crochet
  • Candle making

Websites that fight boredom:

Web based games, news sites and more:


Volunteering is a great way to do something constructive with your spare time, as well as meet a range of new people. Some volunteering organisations to get you started:

Some community groups to get you started:

Online quizzes

Online colouring for any age

Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, other puzzles online