Teens, there’s a good chance that you have a few days, or even a few weeks, off for the holidays. During this time, you likely don’t have to do homework, read, or complete any assignments. Your focus instead might be on your family, friends, and enjoying yourself. However, this time can also be used to explore what college you’d like to go to, where you’d like to travel, or even who you’d like to be. It might sound odd, but adolescence is precisely the time for self-discovery and self-exploration, and now is the time to take advantage of that! This article will give you some suggestions to keep boredom at bay and to use your free time wisely.
Besides, staying busy can keep you out of trouble. One of the biggest contributors to substance use is free time. When someone has a lot of time on their hands, they’re more likely to feel bored and then ruminate, dream, imagine about doing something fun. If you’ve got free time in your day then you might begin to think about drinking, using drugs, or engaging in some other risky behavior. Why not use the time in a healthy way? Why not take good care of yourself, plan for your future, or do some self-exploration?
Rather than let yourself watch TV for most of the season or let boredom get the best of you, here are some suggestions for using your time wisely:
- Watch an inspirational movie.
- Discover new music.
- Get creative.
- Start writing in your journal.
- Play a game.
- Take a shower.
- Call someone you love and tell them you love them. Talk for awhile.
- Connect with your higher power through prayer or meditation.
- Practice yoga.
- Go for a hike.
- Surf the Internet for colleges or places to travel after high school.
- Engage your intellectual mind through reading or writing.
- Go dancing with friends.
- Challenge yourself to learn a craft or skill you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t, like playing the guitar.
- Dive into the school subjects you like and let your interests take you on a journey.
- Practice running for a marathon and then find one to participate in.
- Read a good novel.
- Write a letter to a friend.
- Make a list of all the things you want to do achieve in your life.
- Create a list of all the wonderful things you’d like to do – visit France, go skydiving, or become a public speaker.
- Volunteer at a local public service agency.
- Look for a part-time job.
These are some suggestions for using your free time this holiday season in a healthy way. It’s easy to get bored, especially when there’s no longer a teacher or parent telling you what you need to get done. Instead, look at this time like an opportunity. Here’s a chance to plan for the things you’ve always wanted to do, explore what you’re interested, discover the parts of yourself that are yearning for greater expression. Most of all, enjoy this time for yourself!