Although it’s tempting to think that boredom is caused solely by your environment, it’s a state of mind that can be overcome. Think about how often young children become bored – they have lots of creative ways to keep their own minds active. Boredom can be a symptom of, or contributor towards, depression, low self-esteem and motivation issues.
Next time you are feeling bored try one of the following techniques.
Read a book, write a story or paint a picture. A new creative outlet or hobby is a sure-fire way to avoid boredom and provides an outlet for frustrations. Adult colouring books are very popular at the moment and foster creativity, focus and relaxation. Or take up arts and crafts and make gifts for your friends, or even to sell.
We often put off chores or home improvements, but when you’re bored it’s definitely worth talking a look around and thinking of jobs you could do to improve your skills or living space. Maybe there’s a course you’ve always wanted to take, or something you’ve wanted to try or learn, like a new language, a musical instrument or a DIY project. There’s lots of free resources available nowadays online to explore. Boredom is the perfect trigger for self-improvement.
Boredom can lead to feelings of fatigue and listlessness or demotivation. Exercise leaves you feeling more motivated and invigorated. Spending time in nature can be a great refresher and also relieves insomnia, so try taking a walk, visiting somewhere new or starting a garden.
Sometimes we can’t face doing anything too strenuous but we can still make plans for when we’re feeling more active. Think about your hopes and aspirations and make plans for the future. What would you like to achieve? Where would you like to visit? What’s making you bored and what can you to do get yourself re-inspired? If you need help with these types of questions, a coaching session will help you unlock new ideas.
Loneliness can breed boredom, especially for people who are naturally social. Try spending more time with family of friends or seeking out groups, classes or meet-ups online. You could even try a new job or volunteer at a local charity.
Whilst it can be tempting to spend hours online when you’re bored try limiting this type of activity. There are lots of useful resources online to explore but social media can sometimes be counterproductive in fighting boredom. It offers no lasting distraction and often just makes you feel like no one else in the world shares your frustrations, which isn’t the case.
If you feel bored often, but can’t get motivated to do any of these tasks it might be worth exploring the reasons behind this. If you often feel unmotivated, empty, foggy or lonely, this could signal a larger issue.
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