As the canceled vacations pile up alongside dashed summer plans, it’s time to bust the boredom slump with some fresh ideas to mix up your social distance routines. We have drawn inspiration from each other, our friends, and all the crazy stuff we see on Instagram into this handy guide of new ideas to beat the boredom blues.

“I’ve Reached The End Of Netflix” Cure

With weekend happy hours canceled and kids' activities postponed, weeknight evenings can be hard to fill. Here are some fresh viewing ideas on what to watch after the kids go to bed.
**All recommendations are from our sister site CinemaBlend-- check them out for your entertainment fix.

Billions

I went into this thinking I wouldn’t like it because the premise isn’t normally what interests me. The acting chops of Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis alone should have been enough to convince, and I would have discovered this gem much sooner. It's got sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll all wrapped up into a smart script around corruption, wealth, and influence. Buckle up and prepare to enjoy. Bonus: It’s one your husband will actually want to watch with you.

Yellowstone

Kevin Costner is better than ever as the powerful patriarch, John Dutton, who owns one of the largest ranches in the United States. Aside from the exceptional (and attractive) cast, what makes Yellowstone SO good is the twists and turns in this suspenseful drama.

13th

Talk about a documentary that couldn’t be more timely. 13th explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

The Wine Show

We know you’ve been drinking a fair amount of wine this quarantine, why not turn your hobby into knowledge? This documentary celebrates all things wine with actor Matthew Goode. The novice wine lover goes on a journey, along with some of his famous friends, discovering the stories behind the popular beverage as he travels to vineyards and meets the experts.

“I was skeptical it might be boring, but it’s my newest guilty pleasure." -OOLA Editor Ellen

The Last Kingdom

If you are missing Game Of Thrones, enjoy period pieces, or, just want to see a ridiculously good looking man fight bad people, The Last Kingdom is your show! It’s got romance, fighting, history, and heartbreak, which make it a great recipe for escapism. Netflix just renewed it for a fifth season so you will have lots more of Uthred to look forward to once you get hooked.

Dirty John: The Story Of Betty Broderick

Nothing like a juicy true-crime drama for the ultimate boredom distraction. This anthology series explores the theme of love gone wrong based on the real-life (!) of John Michael Meehan. The new season documents the real-life story of Betty Broderick and, we're warning you, you are guaranteed to be instantly hooked.

“Need Wide Open Spaces” Cure

I never knew how much the state and surrounding area I live in has to offer. I always head to Europe or the Caribbean, but COVID has forced me to look in my own backyard for adventure. Take a peek into yours, and be amazed with what’s been right under your nose this whole time.

The Best Hikes In Your State

These hikes range from leisurely walks to intense climbs. Discover a new favorite hiking/camping spot, or gather inspo for a road trip to a neighboring state.

Treehouses For Rent

A change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. Take your quarantine crew for a once in a lifetime adventure by renting a treehouse. There is built-in social distancing by sleeping above the world in your own personal treehouse.

The Top Waterfront Airbnbs In The Midwest

It may not the French Riveria or Cabo, but these waterfront rentals are sure to brighten your spirits and give you something to look forward to.

How To Keep Your Kids Entertained On A Road Trip

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Roadtrips sound so romantic and adventurous...that is until you realize you are taking your three-year-old along for the ride with Frozen 2 on repeat. Never fear, we have all the tips and tricks you need to recapture some of the road trip magic.

“Get Quarantine Creative” Cure

Still not comfortable with venturing too far from your home base? We’ve got ideas for that too!

Rethink Your Space

Tired of looking at the same four walls? Change them up with decorating ideas that won’t break the bank.

30 Cute And Easy Photo Wall Ideas

Update the photos in your existing photo wall or reimagine a blank space with photos of your nearest and dearest.

How To Have A Virtual Dinner Party

Staying home doesn’t have to mean giving up your social life. Throw a virtual dinner party and reconnect with friends and family.

Meal Kits Saved Me From Dinnertime Boredom– Here Are My Favorites

Whether you love cooking or prefer takeout, the joy of receiving a meal kit in the mail is just what you need to look forward to. Meal kits are healthy, send you almost all the ingredients you need, and break up the monotony of dinnertime planning.

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