Sarah’s Top 5 Ways To Cure Your Boredom in Isolation

Covid – 19 has undoubtedly affected us all in a range of different ways – whether it’s testing your social distancing skills, your ability to stay in touch with friends whilst remaining apart, or testing your patience when it comes to all of this toilet paper nonsense. One effect I think we can all agree on is that finding things to do becomes a lot more of a challenge when you can’t leave your house.

To cure your boredom, here are the top 5 creative things you can do to make the most of your time at home.

  1. Write a novel, blog, script etc.

Write literally anything that makes you happy! Maybe you already have an idea for a great book or maybe you’ve always wanted to give writing a go. What better time than right now?

One of my friends has talked about a novel idea of his for years and in the past week I have finally seen him start it! He is 3 chapters in so far and I am excited to see and read the final product. Being stuck inside home is also a great way to flex those creative muscles and see what things you can be inspired by that might usually go unnoticed.

  1. Experiment with food.

Have you ever seen those videos where people have really weird or odd food combinations that they eat? Maybe there’s a recipe you’ve been eager to make from scratch? Have you ever tried them? Or maybe there’s a few food combos you have floating around your head that you would be curious to make and try?

One of my friends decided to get a little experimental in the kitchen one day and discovered her new love of cheese toasties with soup followed by a serving of cold vanilla custard. I’m not kidding, this is all she has been eating while stuck in the house!

Maybe it’s time to pull out the contents of your cupboard and see what you could create. Who knows, maybe you’ve got some masterchef skills waiting to come alive.

  1. Create Tik Tok Videos.

This is definitely a social media platform that you can easily get addicted to – I know first hand – so be careful! Some of the content being posted on this app proves to be a lot of fun whether it’s comedy with your friends or the next dance trend everyone is learning. But one things is for sure – the possibilities are endless.

One of my friends has made it her goal to become ‘Tik Tok famous’ whilst in lockdown. I’ve got to admit she is doing well with 12,000 views on her first video. Let’s see if she can keep it up.

  1. Declutter your room.

I don’t know about you but the longer I sit in my house, the more aware I have become of all the items I have collected over the years. Perhaps this whole staying at home situation could prove productive?

My friend decided it was time she pulled out all of her Adventure time merchandise she had accumulated over the years and decide what she was going to keep or give away to good will. I was surprised by the amount she had: 3 caps, 2 beanies, 3 backpacks, a Bmo tin, lots of pens, stickers, nail stick-on art, even a blow up of Finn the Human’s sword. She ended up keeping 2 caps, a beanie and a backpack. She even made a Tik Tok of her struggle trying to pick which items to keep (yes, this is the same friend who is on her way to Tik Tok stardom).

  1. Rewatch early seasons of your favourite TV Shows.

Perhaps this seems an obvious one but you may be surprised what new things you might find when revisiting some of those treasured series you love. Two of my friends have definitely been spending a lot of their alone time on Netflix and Stan rewatching some classics like Arrested Development, The Office, and Kath and Kim.

That’s our Top 5 Ways to Cure Your Boredom in Isolation. Maybe one of these might just spark a new hobby for you? There are many other great, creative ways you can find to stimulate your brain through this time, however, the most important thing to remember is to keep positive, get up every morning with a smile and stay safe.



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Through Burn Bright, I have met many students and volunteers who are all seeking to find their place in the world. When we come together at NLC or SLC, no matter our age, we begin on the same page, of wanting to do good for ourselves, our community, and the world. And then we are thrown into a program that brings us closer to each other, our purpose, and how to bring forth this impact. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.

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Since my initial connection to Burn Bright I have been onboard with their mission. Burn Bright’s focus on building the capabilities enables students of all ages to see how they can shape their world through connections with others and their own self discovery.

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Hi, friends! I’m Kelsie, a psychologist from central QLD working in private practice. I got involved with Burn Bright officially in 2016, but the journey started long before that. I attended the National Leadership Camp (now hosted annually by Burn Bright) in 2009. It had such a profound impact on me that I returned as a mentor and volunteer. Those connections ultimately lead me to joining the Burn Bright team as an adult.

When I transitioned from facilitating with the Burn Bright team to working as a psychologist, I was so grateful for an incredible foundation of skills (particularly facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills) along with a strong grounding in positive psychology that Burn Bright integrates into their ethos.

I can’t imagine my life without volunteering for Burn Bright. I have met some of my dearest friends through the Burn Bright crew. I’ve found that volunteering for BB is rewarding, humbling, and often brings as much personal growth for the volunteer as it does for the young person.

From a professional perspective, I love that Burn Bright programs/camps support the adolescent individuation process by providing an exciting and supportive environment for teens to explore their own sense of self, personality, identify and values alongside other young people.

Imagine this POV: you’re back at school wanting to figure everything out and fit in – and you find
yourself in a room with amazing music that uplifts you and hooks you in. You meet the team of
dynamic, interesting, caring facilitators whose own friendships inspire you. Their facilitation skills bring about amazing light-bulb moments and lessons that light a fire inside you… It makes me want to feel that for myself again. The next best thing, for me, is volunteering for the team who passes that on to other young people.

My start at Burn Bright is one of the best cases of one door closing and another door opening. After losing my job at a local pub while on uni holidays, I started looking for new opportunities that were different and decided to volunteer. Searching for opportunities, I found working bees, community driving and nursing home visits, but the chance to become a National Leadership Camp intern stood out. Over nearly six months, I worked with the team to pull off Burn Bright’s first National Leadership Camp, and had an absolute blast in the process. After camp, I started working for Burn Bright while studying, doing anything and everything — data analysis, hiring strategy and even picking up furniture.

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I am a health science student from Perth wanting to get into the mental health realm of occupational therapy. In the meantime, I work as a barista and supervisor at a beachside café. In my spare time, I love to play netball, be around my friends and I have just gotten into crocheting. I went to Perth College where I was lucky enough to go to the first Perth College Leadership Camp in 2018 as a student and absolutely loved it. What really drew me in was the atmosphere that was created, the open conversations, and the lasting relationships formed.

Since then I have been a mentor for the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and had the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Camp in 2019. When Burn Bright comes to Perth I also love helping out at their programs as much as I can.

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Following retirement in 2016 I searched for an organisation that was aligned with my values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space. This search led to Burn Bright where I am now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp. Volunteering with Burn Bright gives me a great deal of hope and confidence in the next generation of leaders. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Burn Bright family.

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I have been a champion of the ethos and work of Burn Bright since its inception in 2014, and consider them to be the leading experts in their field. By delivering impactful leadership and wellbeing programs to students across Australia, they offer the knowledge, skills and engagement to invoke lasting positive change in school communities.

The Burn Bright team are dedicated, inclusive and values-driven, which is why I love working with them.