- 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 plans to spend meaningful time with friends, old or new.
- You can also cure your boredom by learning something new; this will stimulate your mind and requires time and energy, thus eliminating boredom.
- It’s also important you take this time to find a new source of motivation, as boredom can signify a lack of inspiration in your life.
- In addition, invest some energy into exercising; this helps to refocus your mind and encourages goal-setting.
- Finally, find a hobby that you enjoy; this might mean taking up a new hobby or revisiting an old one.
“I am SO bored.” If I were to guess, you’ve probably thought, mumbled, or even screamed this phrase a hundred, maybe a thousand times. It’s finally the weekend, you’ve been looking forward to it all week… but now you have nothing to do. Or, maybe you’re forced to stay inside all day because of the rainy or snowy weather outside. Whatever the case, boredom is knocking at your door. And you feel unmotivated, unproductive, and generally unsatisfied.
So, what do you do? Oftentimes, the answer is nothing. You simply wait for the boredom to pass or you get busy again and forget all about it. But what happens if you start experiencing these feelings more and more often? You’re in a constant state of boredom, 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, says you can have fun and find meaning again. Try implementing the following:
1) Spend meaningful time with others.
Backe says that sometimes boredom stems from an unsocial life. So, if you haven’t spent a lot of time interacting with your friends or family members 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 a new skill.
You can also cure your boredom by learning something new or engaging your brain in a new way. “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 a new source of motivation.
Also, consider searching for a new source of motivation and inspiration, 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) Be physically active.
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) Find a hobby you enjoy.
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.”
Boredom is something that we all fall victim to. We feel bored on our lunch break at work, on the weekends when we have no plans, or even when we’re in the middle of something that we don’t really care to be doing. The good news is that you can free yourself from this boredom by spending meaningful time with people, learning something new, finding a new motivator, exercising, and/or finding a new hobby that you love.