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How to Keep Yourself Busy Without a Boyfriend

by Lucie Westminster

Without a boyfriend, you might have more time on your hands than you used to. Instead of looking at the situation in a negative manner, consider all of the new and exciting endeavors you now have the time to explore. No matter what you decide to try, begin the activity with an open mind because you may find a new passion thanks to the extra time.

Exercising

Not only does exercise lower blood pressure, improve your mood and boost energy, according to the Mayo Clinic, it also gives you the chance to interact with a variety of new people. If you aren't a fan of running or walking, find something that you do enjoy like biking or swimming. Consider joining a local gym where you can regularly exercise and interact with people in between workouts. That way, you won't be as likely to miss spending time with your boyfriend since you are socializing with others instead.

Volunteering

Give some of your extra time to your community by volunteering in support of a cause that is important to you. If you are in need of an idea, use a website like VolunteerMatch.org to search for available opportunities in your area. If you enjoy working with children, for example, consider donating your time at your local children's hospital or reading to kids at the library.

Hobbies and Crafts

Dust off your old easel and paintbrush and revisit the days when you had time to satisfy your inner-Renior. If you aren't much of a painter, consider taking up a new craft. The final product doesn't need to be something museum-worthy because the point of the artistic process is to give you a chance to express yourself in a healthy manner. Without a boyfriend, you may feel a string of emotions like happiness, sadness or loneliness and find that expressing them through arts or crafts helps you better deal with them.

Additional Considerations

No matter what activity you choose to do to keep yourself busy without a boyfriend, consider inviting a group of friends to join you in your activities. The situation provides a great way to reconnect with old friends or spend more time with ones you haven't seen as much as you'd like due to the time you previously spent with your boyfriend. In addition to having more time with your buddies, don't underestimate the value of the time you now have to rediscover your own interests since your boyfriend isn't around to influence them.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Lucie Westminster has been a writer and researcher since 1975. Her work has been published in journals such as "Psychological Reports" and "Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior." Westminster's interests include developmental psychology, children, pets and crafting. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Miami University.

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