For many people, summer is a time of relaxation, fun, and a wonderful break from schoolwork. Maybe you’re coming back from a busy college year or waiting to finally graduate high school. Either way, I’ve found that summer can also be a time of utter boredom and constantly asking the question “what do I even do?”
It can be hard. I’ve dealt with plenty of empty summers in which I didn’t have a job to distract me nor a hobby that kept me occupied enough. I spent hours in my room, wandering my house, and wondering how I could fill the endless days. If you checked my Google search history at the time, you’d probably find hundreds of variations of “what do I do.”
Because of my experience, I’ve learned a few tips for surviving summer slump. This is your chance to take a break and do things without the weight of school on your shoulders!
When I first started looking for cures, I was met with the common rhetoric to get a job. I scoffed at that. Who actually enjoys working? While it may seem obvious and boring, getting a job is a very simple way to fix not knowing what to do.
There are plenty of benefits to getting one. You get to meet new people and make new friends. And, if you’re working a retail job, you’ll be interacting with tons of people on a daily basis! That sounds horrifying to some, but if you enjoy talking and people-watching, a retail job could be a perfect way to make use of your time.
Beyond that, you’ll also be learning new skills and having new experiences that you may not have had before. Experiences are important and if you really stock them up, you never know how they may help you in the future. Plus, working gives you an income that you can use when hanging out with people (yay!).
Maybe you’ve tried to get a job and had trouble finding the right one. Or maybe you just really don’t want one. In that case, there are still other options.
I’ve found that cleaning and re-decorating can be a fruitful use of time. During the school year, it’s hard to really set aside a portion of your day for updating your room and making things more orderly. I’ve always been quite creative, and so cleaning and re-decorating has definitely been my go-to when I have nothing else to do.
I usually focus on one part of my room for the day and completely work through everything. You never know what you may find! I came across a thirty-dollar Amazon gift card and really beautiful gold earrings that I can’t stop wearing. You can even take this idea further by hosting and planning a tag sale. Planning events allows your creative side to show and helps get rid of a lot of unnecessary things you may find throughout your space.
Finally, if nothing else is working, you may want to try finding a hobby. This is a bit broader because there are so many hobbies to take on. I’ve tried drawing, painting, jewelry-making, reading, writing, and the list goes on from there. I ended up sticking with a few of them and really enjoy getting to sit down at a Starbucks and just write my heart out. It’s a good idea to try out a bunch of things until you find something that suits you. If you already have a hobby, try taking it to the next level with an Etsy business, online self-publishing, or starting a fun Instagram account journaling your journey!
While all of these should definitely help get through the boredom, I’d say the most important thing is to make sure you get out of your house. Whether that’s by hanging out with friends (which I didn’t touch on much, but is also extremely important), going on walks around your neighborhood, or finding a cute new coffee shop, staying inside will only make your boredom ten times worse.
I’ve managed this by finding new places to write. I check out local Starbucks and other neat places where I can sit down for a while and work. It’s helped me keep up my hobby while getting out of my room. Staying in the same place all the time can make you feel trapped. In my experience, even just stepping outside or driving somewhere can break the habit of staying indoors.
Hopefully, you’ve found something here that really sticks with you. I know how hard it is surviving summer slump with nothing to do. It’s life-draining. If you relate to this, make sure to try some of these out! Even if you think they won’t work, what else do you have to lose?