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20 Fun And Exciting Activities That You Need To Try

20 Fun And Exciting Activities That You Need To Try

The boredom bug is always lurking, waiting to strike when you least expect it. Days of Indian summers turn to that of rainy fall. You have some unexpected time to kill before your big night out.  While visiting your Grandma Grettel, she’s busy to her knitting circle, leaving you to stroll in an unknown city alone. Boredom is rarely a pleasant thing, but if you keep an open mind, let your imagination run wild, and use the list below for reference, you’ll trade boredom for more-fun!

Friends

    Activities to try with friends:

    1. Coffee Cup Corral

    Create a challenging miniature golf course around your house using a coffee cup as your hole. You can also play this outside in an urban environments, too, but that’s only recommended for advanced players. (Added challenge : set stroke limits per hole).

    2. Pinecone Feed Off

    Make pinecone bird feeders using nutella, peanut butter, marshmallow paste, or any other ebidle substitute you’d like. Once finished, position the feeders outside and watch the birdies flock. (Added challenge: see who can attract the most birds at one time, capture it with smart phone, post it on Instagram to see who can get the most likes.)

    3. Sunrise 2 Sunset Stain Train

    Wake up early enough to watch the sunrise in the morning, then have a competition to see who can collect the largest grass stain (location doesn’t matter) before sunset. Losers by the winner free ice cream, after you watch the sun set, of course.

    4. Shaving Cream Slip’N’Slide

    The title pretty much sums it up. (Added challenge: measure distance and make it a fun competition.)

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    5. Sock Charades

    Write and act out a sock play for your friends. Length and subject matter are at the creators discretion. (Added challenge: try to make a play with more than 7 distinct sock characters.)

    Little Girl

      Activities to try by yourself:

      6. Super Secret Servant

      Offer someone a helping hand, or do something really nice for somebody randomly. Once you do, tell no one about it. Not your mom. Not your boyfriend. Not even your best friend Tootie. Not a soul. (Added challenge: do one random act of kindness for each day of the week. Tell no one.)

      7. Wet Hair Metal

      Wash your car in your driveway with your favorite music blaring for the whole neighborhood to hear. Alright, you don’t have to have a Pontiac Firebird or listen to Van Halen specifically, but you’ll be surprised at how this normally dull duty turns into fantastic fun with this minor tweak.

      8. Held for Ransom

      Make a ransom note from an old (pre-1975) National Geographic magazine by cutting out each individual letter and pasting them to form words and sentences. Proceed to slip it in your best friends mailbox. (Added challenge: stick around in the background and watch how they react.)

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      9. Spontaneous Stamping

      Hand write a letter or postcard spontaneously and send it to a close friend who lives a few states away, or is visiting another country. Not only is sending snail mail a lost art, but it will also mean a lot to a friend who hasn’t heard from you in a while.

      10. “Do You”

      This is your permission slip for one entire day of guilt free pleasure. You don’t want to get out of bed all day? Fine, dude! You want to eat ice cream for all 3 meals of the day? Green light, girlfriend! Whatever you can dream of, do you.

      Couple

        Activities to try with a significant other:

        11. Huntin’ Wabbits

        Make an “old school” Looney Toons-like trap out of a box, a stick, a long piece of string or twine, and something to act as bait. You and your significant other set up different traps in separate areas of the house using a different lure. First one to trap the family pet gets free dinner.

        12. Picky Picnic

        Pack a picnic using foods starting with a certain letter of the alphabet, like “W.” (Added Challenge: Use “Q”.)

        13. Fake a Film

        Mutually agree on a really cheesy romantic comedy movie, mute it while you watch, and voice your own dialogue and narration. (Added Challenge: pick foreign movie.)

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        14. Rainy Day Races

        Make an obstacle course using the entire apartment or house. The one not racing the course gets to set up, and the slowest after 3 trials cooks dinner. (Added challenge: involve the garage, basement, or attic.)

        15. Time Travel Taste Test

        Head over to your local library, grab a vintage cookbook (the older, the better), stop by the store, grab the necessary ingredients, go home, and feast. Your taste buds have now been transported to 1951, and chicken tetrazzini is still raging in popularity.

        Family

          Activities to try with your family:

          16. Wait Just a Mento

          Make a mento and soda bomb in a nearby park, backyard, or school. Be sure that parental supervision is nearby, or at the least have a mature friend around.

          17. Bullseye Balloons

          Draw a gigantic bullseye in the street nearest your house (front porch or stoop preferably). Chuck water balloons into the air and see who hits the bullseye first.

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          18. Finger Frenzy

          When’s the last time you (as the adult) painted using only your hands and fingers? That’s what I thought.

          19. Unknowing Nana

          Pay grandma and grandpa a surprise visit as a family. Surprises are always nice, but when the entire family shows up it’s even better. (Added challenge: don’t let distance determine anything. If they live states, or countries, away, plan it far enough in advance to make it happen.)

          20. Just Dance

          Spontaneous dance parties in the car, the living room, or the bathroom are a great way to bond while simultaneously eliminating boredom in a goofy way. (Added challenge: enroll in a dancing class as a family.)

          My grandma used to always say, “only boring people are bored,” and I’ll have to side with her on this one. Don’t let the excuse of boredom keep you from doing super awesome things with your family, your friends, and yourself.

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          Last Updated on July 10, 2020

          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

          Boundaries are limits

          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
          • When do you feel disrespected?
          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
          • When do you want to be alone?
          • How much space do you need?

          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

          Sample language:

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          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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          Final Thoughts

          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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