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Being boring might sound like odd advice, but before you dismiss it, hear me out; being boring is about self-care and freeing yourself from some of the societal pressures that structure our lives. It might be exactly what you need!

The first step to being boring is romanticizing your alone time. Learning to appreciate your own company can feel incredibly freeing. Instead of going through the hassle of making plans, organizing people, and agreeing on one activity – pick something you want to do and go for it. Alone time does not have to be boring, and it does not have to mean staying in. You can take yourself out for dinner, spend time reading in a park, go shopping, or take a yoga class; the possibilities are endless. You don’t need a large friend group to have fun and make memories. Ditch the stress from organizing meet-ups, and take yourself on adventures.

The second step is to learn to appreciate staying in. A night out with friends can be exactly what you need, but it also may be the opposite. Sometimes, we all just want to stay in and do absolutely nothing. Just enjoy our own company and remember that it’s okay! You do not have to attend every night out or every group event; it is okay to prioritize your needs without feeling guilty. It is time to romanticize binge-watching reality TV, starting a new book, or even just going to sleep at 7 pm. Forget the FOMO (fear of missing out); there is enough pressure on us; give your body and mind what they need and take a break from the busy social world now and then.

The third step is outfit repeating. Deciding what to wear in the mornings when you are starting your day can be an unsuspected burden. 2024 is all about outfit repeating. We all have an outfit or piece of clothing that we love. Pick out clothing that makes you feel good and comfortable and stick with them. It can feel impossible trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends and it can get quite pricey, so forget it. You don’t need the coolest, newest, trendiest outfit; stick with what you love. Wear that beautiful flowy dress or those sweatpants with the matching hoodie! Dressing to impress is overrated. We dress for comfort and convenience. Outfit repeating is chic, affordable, and sustainable so why not give it a try?

In reality, being boring is not boring at all; it is about centering your happiness and your needs without caring what other people think or comparing your habits, style, or daily routine to others on social media. Give yourself what you need when you need it and feel good about it!

Jenna Edghill

U Ottawa '25

Hello, I’m Jenna I am currently in my third year at the University of Ottawa in the criminology program.