If you are like a lot of people in California, or around the country in general, you are probably staying home due to recent events. Good for you.

Over the next few weeks, you will get to know your couch on a more intimate basis. You will also burn through episodes of Netflix shows like nobody’s business. You might even actually finally fix that faucet that has been leaking for 6 years or dust of the exercise bike and ride it.

You are stuck at home and you are thinking about ways to keep busy. You don’t want to let boredom set in and turn your mood for the worse. When you are a busy person with too much on their plate, a break from all of that is a blessing. However, it is far more difficult for busy people to sit around the house and do nothing.

What you need is a way to beat boredom. Earthwise Pest Management, your pest control company in Sacramento, offers ways in which you can beat boredom.

Eliminate Distractions

Boredom often occurs when you get too caught up in low-value tasks. For example, randomly surfing the internet and watching television for hours on end hold very little interest to you and it simply becomes a distraction. Distractions are black holes that suck you into a prolonged state of disinterest.

This is proven when you start watching the 14th episode of a television show you really don’t like. You suddenly come to the realization that you are only watching it because there is nothing else to do.

So turn off the television and put the iPad down, get up off of the couch and find something better to occupy yourself. Maybe you could read a book.

Start and Build on Relationships

While you are in self-exile, so to speak, you will discover that you have a lot of free time. More than you have ever had before. You can choose to use this extra time to spend with friends and family. Safely, of course.

Take advantage of your free time by getting to know the people in your life a little better. It will make you a better person and it will help keep you from getting bored.

Being stuck at home is a good excuse to make some new friends. You might be stuck indoors, but you are far from socially isolated. Thanks to social media, making new friends is as easy as logging into Facebook or Instagram. There are millions of people on social media, many of whom share the same interests as you.

Over the years, you have struck up several friendships. But over time, many of these friendships have stalled. There are friends you haven’t touched base with in a long time. Do yourself a huge favor and connect with these people again. It takes an effort to renew old relationships and it will help keep you from getting bored.

Challenge Yourself

Nobody wants to find themselves mired in a routine that is boring without having anything to look forward to. You might be sitting at home this very moment doing something you really don’t like looking forward to doing something else you don’t really like.

This is laziness that leads to boredom and you should nip it in the bud. The best way to do so is by challenging yourself.

Before you were stuck at home, your life was exciting and interesting. You were always staying sharp by learning new things and adjusting. Just because you are stuck at home it doesn’t mean you have to lounge around feeling sorry for yourself.

Get up off of the couch, turn off Netflix and try something new. It might take you out of your comfort zone, but it forces you to learn a new set of skills. It will also keep you from getting bored.

Embrace Nostalgia

Allow yourself to take a look back in the past and embrace those feelings of nostalgia that are directly associated with seeing your life in a broader perspective. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and think back to when you were young. There was a time in your life when you felt more alive than ever and you had a huge sense of purpose.

Now, open your eyes and break out your old comics or album collection. These are the things you keep that remind you of the past. Throw down some Van Halen, Nirvana or Rolling Stones and read an Archie comic.

Break out the shoebox of old photos and reflect on your youth. Think about all of your ambitions and dreams and feel good about where you are right now in your life. It will keep you from getting bored.

Discover Your Sense of Purpose

Nothing helps shake boredom more quickly than when you find a sense of purpose. Right now is the perfect time to explore interests and passions you may have had early in life, but never acted on them.

Stop for a moment and think about what inspires you and then take the necessary steps to reach that goal. For example, you may have always wanted to learn a new language, so get busy on reaching that goal. Not only will you beat boredom, but you will also better yourself as a person.

And if you happen to discover an infestation of ants while you are becoming a better person, grove Earthwise Pest Management a call.