For many of us, National Anti-Boredom month couldn’t have come at a better time. As the lockdown slowly lifts in Illinois, we can safely participate in some different activities to keep us fulfilled and entertained.

The month began with the efforts of journalist and founder of the National Anxiety Center Alan Caruba. Below are 5 things you can do to celebrate anti-boredom, and a safe, phase 4 reopening in Illinois.

Learn Something New – This pandemic brings about a unique time in our history. We haven’t had anything comparable in 100 years. Now would be an excellent time to dive into a new subject that you’ve always been curious about. With phase 4 reopening, there are more resources at your disposal, if you’re comfortable leaving the house.

Many libraries and museums are opening at a smaller capacity. There are also state parks and local forest preserves that can help you become reacquainted with nature. If you’re looking to stay closer to home, you can still grab a book and find some sun right outside the front door. Summer at least offers you the chance to get out of the house.

Rekindle Your Social Life – Phase 4 reopening in Illinois allows for groups up to 50 people. Now might be a time for a socially distanced summer BBQ or resuming walks with friends. It’s a time to check on neighbors and start new conversations. It’s also a good reminder to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart.

If you’re not ready to visit with others in person, you can still capitalize on video chats and other technology to stay connected.

Pick Up a New Skill – Cooking. Learning a new language. Playing guitar. Now is the perfect time to pick up a new skill, and you’re never too old to learn something new. Whatever you’ve always wanted to figure out, now is the time to try.

Create Something New – Whether it’s woodworking, painting, writing, or something entirely different, now is the time to create something new. Again, we are living history during this pandemic, and you will always remember how you spent your time. It’s a moment to let your creative juices flow. It doesn’t have to be something for the whole world to see. It can be for your eyes, or your family’s eyes. But now is a time to let your creativity flourish.