33+ Screenless ideas to do when you’re bored at night

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Here’s what you do when you’re bored at night and you’re tired of social media and TV

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long day at work so you’re excited to go home and relax but then you find yourself counting down the hours until bedtime.

And wondering if this is really what adulting looks like. 

That is definitely not the way to live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Sure, watching some TV can be a great way to unwind but mixing in other activities can be super beneficial.

Another word for these ideas could be a hobby. I feel like the word hobby has become almost daunting throughout the years since society makes it seem like we have to be married to our hobbies.

But this is simply not true. Hobbies can come and go, the important thing is that you’re enjoying it in the moment and it’s something that you actually want to show up for.

A hobby shouldn’t feel like a chore. Otherwise, you’re going to procrastinate and not do it. You don’t necessarily have to be good at it but it has to be something that helps you feel recharged in some kind of way.

Your Mindset is really how you make your nights fun

Other than finding your hobby, it’s important to look at your mindset because that is the determining factor of your perspective.

To really fight these feelings of boredom at night, you’re going to have to change your mindset and have a positive outlook on the situation.

How you speak to yourself truly matters so if you’re sitting around, complaining about how you’re bored, chances are that you’re going to be bored at night. 

I can give you thousands of ideas on what to do to not be bored at night but if you go into it with a negative mindset, it’s not going to help.

So first things, first. Make sure you’re open to finding something to do other than spend hours on your phone. Get excited about the possibility of finding a hobby that is going to lead to more fulfillment and purpose. 

a women is lying on the end of her bed, with her hair hanging off with her left hand running through it looking bored. She has jeans and a beige t-shirt on.

How to pass the time when you’re alone

When you move out on your own it can be hard at first to find ways to pass time alone especially if you’re used to having siblings or roommates around, the house can feel extra dark and quiet. This is where the habit of having the TV on as background noise may come into play.

Which is okay but it can be distracting so it’s something to keep in mind.

As an introvert, we can often thrive at finding things to do when we’re alone at night and many of the below ideas may seem familiar. 

But what if you find yourself scrolling through social media or watching TV way too often? Your girl loves her reality TV and it seems to be endless but after a while, it’s not recharging my batteries.

If anything, it’s making me more drained because it isn’t bringing any fulfillment into my life. I’m not saying to ditch your TV but you should pursue other things that pique your interest.

So if you’re completely lost at where to start, I would suggest trying something off the below list. What sounds interesting to you? What did you do as a child? Pick a random number and do that activity if you’re feeling really indecisive.

The important thing is to just start. You aren’t going to find your thing if you never try new things.

The worst that can happen is that you don’t like it. There are endless possibilities out there and you have to find what works for you.

Cheap things to do at home at night when you’re bored

While Netflix and social media can be a great way to kill some time, it’s not going to really lead to a fulfilling life.

But going out every night doesn’t seem appealing and isn’t cost-effective either.

I love spending time with my friends and family but sometimes I need to relax and recharge my batteries.

And if I spend too much time watching TV, I do start to feel a little blah and a little more woe is me so I really encourage you to break your time in front of the TV up and indulge in another activity.   

So let’s dive into different things to do when you’re bored at night that are friendly on the budget. The good thing is that if you aren’t using a screen, it’s hard to go down the shopping rabbit hole or anything like that. Some of the start-up costs can be a little pricey but then you’ll have the materials you need for the next few times.

Personal Care related activities

a women is leaning forward with a towel wrapped on her head, she is wearing a robe and she is putting facial cream on. She has her eyes closed and is smiling. Personal care is an idea for things to do when you're bored

1. At-home manicure or pedicure

doing your own manicure isn’t easy but definitely a way to pass some time. There is something about having your nails freshly done that is an instant mood booster for me. So find your favorite color and get to painting.

2. At-home spa treatments (facial, exfoliate, lymphatic massage, foot soak)

If mani-pedis aren’t your thing, there are many ways to bring personal care home with you. Lymphatic massages seem to be all the rage lately so why not give it a try?

3. Take a bath or a shower

I’m not saying the shower where you’re in and out rather quickly. Instead, indulge in a nice bubble bath or a slow shower where you go through the full routine. You know what I mean.

4. Exercise

Moving your body is never a bad thing. I wouldn’t do a high-intensity workout close to bedtime but find a type of exercise that works with your routine and get moving. 

5. Go for a stroll

There are so many benefits to going on a walk outside & you definitely don’t need your phone to reap the benefits. Grab a partner, or friend or go for a solo walk and enjoy the scenery around you. 

6. Spend some time practicing gratitude

If you’re looking for your purpose in life, practicing gratitude is a great place to start. We all have something pretty awesome going on in our lives, but when we’re pursuing more, these things can sometimes be overlooked. Starting with gratitude journal prompts is a great way to bring awareness to these things.

Activities to channel your creativity

Another idea to do when you're bored is to paint. A wonder if standing in front of a large canvas with paint colors of teal, purple and orange on it. She is painting and has an easel in her hand.

7. Create a vision board

creating vision boards can be so much fun and help you visualize many aspects of life from your big goals to self-love.

8. Write – novel, poetry, haiku

creative writing is something that is often overlooked. While I love writing blog posts, we’re looking for ideas that don’t involve a screen so grab out a good old notebook and pen and write in your favorite format. 

9. Paint, doodle, or draw

If you aren’t much of a writer, maybe you’re more of a painter, doodler, or drawler (is that a word?). 

10. Color

If you don’t want to have to freeform your artwork, an adult coloring book may be the perfect creative outlet for you. 

11. Practice calligraphy

Caligraphy is harder than it looks. I tried to learn it because I love how it looks but it takes a lot of hours to perfect those curly letters that you see. 

12. Scrapbook

I’ve made a few letters to the bride books and added a scrapbooking component to them, let me tell you, scrapbooking is very time-consuming but super rewarding to be able to gift something that is a labor of your love or have your memories stored in a beautiful place for years to come. It’s on my list to create a scrapbook from my wedding.

13. Sew, knit, crochet, etc

Maybe you’re a fashionista who wants to create your own clothes or you’re always looking for a cozy blanket, making your own would be very satisfying because you can make it how you want.

14. Choreograph a dance

If you love dancing, why not create a dance routine to your favorite songs? Or create your own dance moves. Bonus point since it gets you moving as well.

Activities to Organize Your Life

Another idea for when you're bored is to organize your closet. There is a picture of a bunch of clothes lying on the floor in front of a rack of clothes. There are clothes everywhere in the room including on the chair, the shelves, and on the rug.

15. Organize, clean, and declutter

this is probably not really a recharging activity but future you will thank you. They say that having a clean space leads to a clearer mind. 

16. Spend some time making a plan of action

Planning out your week or your month can be a great way to stay on top of your goals. If you don’t create a plan or take action, a goal is simply a wish.

17. Decorate for the season

Decorating for the seasons is a great way to switch up your home decor. Whether it’s Halloween, Fall decor, or snowflakes for winter, there’s always something that you can add. 

18. Go through photos

Maybe you have old photos hanging up that you could switch out for new ones or you have a box of old photos that you can go through and cherish the memories that arise. 

Activities to Unwind

a woman is sitting by the window reading a book. She has long socks on and a cozy cream sweater. Reading is another activity to do when you're bored

19. Read a fiction book

A book takes you to a faraway land and gets your imagination working.

20. Journal

Journaling has led to so many breakthroughs for me and has helped me understand the feelings I’m feeling by getting them out of my head and onto paper.

21. Listen to music (dancing is optional)

music can easily change how you’re feeling. Whether you want to get amped up or chill out, there’s a playlist for that.

22. Stargaze

If it is a nice clear evening, look up at the stars and enjoy

Activities to use the good ole Brain 

the camera angle is looking over a women's shoulder. She is doing a sudoku puzzle with a pen in her hand. This is another activity to do when you're bored

23. Soduku

this is a great way to work your brain and feel accomplished once you solve this number puzzle.

24. Do a puzzle

if numbers aren’t your thing, a picture puzzle is a great way to pass time and you can pick from a wide array of total pieces.

25. Learn something new

Learning something new like an instrument or a new language is a great way to expand your skillset. You could even indulge in some personal development to learn more about yourself.

Activities that you work with your hands or Build something

A women is standing next to a ladder with a paint roller in her hand. She is painting the wall a bluish grey and there are a variety of painting materials on the floor.. This is another idea to do when you're bored

26. Legos

some people build these really elaborate Lego displays, you can even get some inspiration at the Lego store!

27. Repurpose old furniture

My sister and I repainted my Grammy’s hutch for the dining room and it completely changed the look of the room and the hutch.  

28. DIY project

If you don’t have any furniture lying around that needs a facelift, you could partake in other house projects. There are so many ideas out there nowadays. 

Activities that help you Connect

a man and woman are standing in the kitchen. In front of them are a variety of vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots (which she is cutting) and lettuce. The man is holding a glass of red wine. Cooking is something to do when you're bored at home.

29. Send a handwritten note

writing a note to a loved one is a great way to romanticize your life and show someone you care about them. Who doesn’t want to bring a smile to someone’s face?

30. Game night

if you have a roommate or partner who is also bored, why not play a board game? 

31. Call a loved one

I’m sure there are a handful of people you could call and catch up with and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. 

32. Host a party

host a fondue party, cooking club, book club, craft night … the list goes on and on. It’s a fun way to connect, indulge in a hobby, and create memories. 

Food or Drink-related Activities

its a bird eye view shot of cooking items on a counter including strawberries, apples, grapes, nuts, seeds, orange, tomato since the next section is all about food or drink related activities for when you're bored at home

33. Cook or Bake

head over to Pinterest and find a recipe that speaks to you

34. Cocktail or Mocktail

same thing here but with drinks

35. Drink a cup of tea (make sure it’s not caffeinated)

slowing down and enjoying a warm beverage is a great way to bring more mindfulness into your life. Just make sure it doesn’t have caffeine so it doesn’t mess up your sleep cycle!

And there you have it. See, there are so many different things that you can do at night when you’re bored. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you enjoy doing so do whatever makes you happy.

While I definitely encourage you to watch the latest episode of whatever Bachelor is out right now, finding a hobby away from the screen is really going to make a difference in your personal fulfillment.

Until next time,


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