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  • We all get bored from time to time, but if you’re feeling bored more often than not, it’s time to make a change.
  • One way you can combat boredom is by socializing: make fun plans with some friends or go make some new ones and spend some time interacting with one another.
  • You can also cure your boredom by learning something new; this will stimulate your mind and require time and energy, thus eliminate boredom.
  • It’s also important you take this time to find a new source of motivation, as boredom can signify a laugh of inspiration in your life.
  • Finally, invest your time and energy into exercising and engaging in a new hobby! The former and the latter will provide fulfillment as well as stress relief.

“I am so bored.” My guess is that you’ve muttered this sentence once or twice or a thousand times in your lifetime. It’s a Sunday and you have “nothing to do,” or you’ve been cooped up in the house all day and you’re feeling antsy. Whatever the case is, these feelings are nagging at you and you feel increasingly unsatisfied.

So, what do you do? A lot of the time, the answer is nothing. You wait for the boredom to pass or you get busy again and forget all about it. But what if you start experiencing these feelings more and more often. You feel constantly bored, and start to question your role in the world. In this case, you can’t sit around and do nothing; you have to take action. Caleb Backe, health and wellness expert, suggests you can have fun again and find new meaning by implementing the following:

1) Socialize.

Backe says that sometimes boredom stems from an unsocial life. So, if you haven’t spent a lot of time interacting with friends or family lately, it’s time to make some plans! “Boredom can often disguise itself as a lack of social engagement. Go out with your friends—or better yet, make some new friends—and find some direction,” he suggests. “It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, but even going out for coffee can put some purpose into your day.”

2) Learn something new.

You can also cure your boredom by learning something new. “Boredom stems from a lack of mental stimulation. By learning something new, you’re working a part of your brain that hasn’t been used recently and you stimulate your mind to think in a new way,” Backe explains. “Not only does this lay out new goals (to master your new talent) but it takes time to learn, therefore, eliminating boredom.”

3) Find new motivation.

Also, consider searching for a new source of motivation, as your “boredom” could actually signify a lack of inspiration. “If you can’t find the motivation to complete certain tasks, don’t label it as ‘boredom.’ Instead, recognize it for what it is—a lack of motivation—and set goals for yourself to get these tasks completed,” says Backe. “Setting deadlines for yourself and eliminating schedule gaps removes time for boredom.”

4) Exercise.

Exercise is always good, as it helps to maintain our physical as well as mental health. As it turns out, exercise also functions as a remedy for boredom, in that it helps to refocus the mind and encourage goal-setting, as explained by Backe: “Exercise boosts endorphins, has us aiming for goals, and increases our overall energy levels. This means it’s a great antidote for boredom. If you feel bored, go for a run or do some light toning to refocus your mind and body.”

5) Get a new hobby.

Backe’s final tip is to find a new hobby. Ever considered snowboarding? Or, if that isn’t your thing, maybe something simpler like drawing? “There’s nothing that encourages engagement more than taking up a new hobby or reviving an old one,” he explains. “Whether it’s an instrument or sport, hobbies are great time fillers that stimulate new parts of the brain, as well as release stress and anxiety related with being bored.”

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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