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5 ways to beat boredom and loneliness this festive season

Dreading the festive season because you have no plans? Here is how you can keep yourself entertained.

Puzzled woman wearing santa hat
Puzzled woman wearing a santa hat/ iStock

Most people look forward to the festive season because it means spending time with family and friends, going on vacation or just chilling at home away from the stress of work.

But for those who will not be spending time with family or going away, it can be a very depressing period, especially if you have nothing planned.

Here is our guide on how you can enjoy the festive season and eliminate boredom.

Visit an orphanage or an old age home
One of the best ways to celebrate Christmas is to give love to others. If you are not planning to spend time with your family, you can visit an orphanage or an old age home. Not only will you be in the company of others, but you will be doing something great and rewarding.

Learn a new skill
Often times people are bored because they don’t know what to do with their time. Use this period to explore and learn something new. Try thinking out of the box and do activities that will be challenging.

For example, you can learn the skill of writing and start writing your own book. You can even use the
time to work on your business idea.

Make money
Are you a good cook or baker? Why not make extra cash this festive season by using your skills to make money. Lots of families will be buying baked goodies and you can make good money from baking and selling your stuff.

You can also make money by doing online surveys, reviewing websites and apps, or just getting a temporary job.

Do a short online course
Improve your career prospects and upgrade your qualifications by signing up for a short online course.

Some online courses are free, so you don’t have to worry about spending thousands of Rands.

Improve your house
Take this time to work on improving your house.

Repaint, organise your closet or clean your windows. You can even go as far as planting your own vegetable garden.

Image courtesy of iStock/ MangoStar_Studio

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