The feeling of inactivity. When you stare into space and have no idea of what's coming next. Boredom can be painful because you want to be doing something fun and exciting, but you just don’t know what. And even if you did , it feels like a lot of effort to actually get up and engage your mind and body.
There are many reasons we may feel bored.
Sometimes we are hungry.
Other times we may be tired.
Sometimes we would rather complain about having nothing to do than get up and do something.
But usually, there are three main reasons why we start to feel bored.
Predictability, monotony and confinement.
Monotony is when we keep doing the same thing again and again, and eventually become frustrated at the thought of it. Even if it's an activity we don't mind, we can still overdo it and ending up hating whatever it is that we were doing.
The same old repetitive routine.
And that's also related to predictability. We know what is coming, and there are never any surprises. That can make us feel bored as there is not really anything special to look forward to.
Confinement - We are locked in. Maybe at home. Whatever the case, we feel the place where we are confined is not particularly exciting. This can happen when we go somewhere new or unfamiliar and we just don’t what to do with ourselves.
You may feel trapped in your own surroundings.
However, you can beat the boredom! Below, I'm going to share some tips on how to cure boredom.
But first let's look at the truth behind boredom.
Sometimes, when we are bored, it's not because we don’t actually have anything to do. Sometimes we are trying to avoid jobs that we dislike. It could be a mental escape from starting that essay or doing the gardening. But you can avoid boredom even with those 'mundane' tasks.
For example listening to some music while you work may help make things more appealing and you could also plan a more fun activity for when you've got the job done.
Sometimes when we are bored, it is because we have no inspiration. We sit down and do nothing because no fun ideas are floating through our consciousness. So one of the best ways to cure boredom is to use your imagination.
Think about what you would rather be doing (instead of dealing with boredom) or a place you would rather be, Yes, allow yourself to daydream for a little until you come up with your perfect day. Then you can make it happen. If your dream is to be on holiday you can get a garden chair, sit outside and enjoy the sun with your favourite drink in your hand. Of course you won't be able to replicate every single thing you would rather be doing but you could try to make the best of your circumstances.
There will often be little, easy ways to enjoy snippets of your dream location or day.
Think out of the box and attempt to make what you want where you are, even if you are alone. Also, if you cannot meet up with friends or go out that particular day, you may be able to plan for a day when you can. Planning can be quite entertaining in itself, so even if you do not feel very productive at that moment, it may be an opportunity to plan something exciting for a later date.
We can start to feel bored if we sit around all day and do not really get anything done. To cure that kind of boredom, it is a good idea to make a to-do list of productive things to do in the day. As you move from one task to another your boredom will likely disappear and you get jobs done and move around. Also boredom can be caused by a lack of exercise, so even moving around for a few minutes can take care of that.
For instance, you could stand up and do a few jumping jacks or jogging on the spot. It is quite easy to do, but it will definitely refresh you and get your heart pumping harder.
One thing I've noticed is that we can feel bored even if we are doing something. At times we say we are bored when we are working on schoolwork, and that is usually because we have been inactive. Moving around a bit will help cure your boredom and improve your concentration.
When we feel boredom, we tend to feel sad and even a bit useless. But to get rid of those negative feelings, you can make yourself laugh. A good laugh is sure to help you relax and feel more cosy and comfortable wherever you are.
Perhaps you are isolated and do not have anyone to talk to. Why not invite or visit a friend. Many of us have that one friend that will have us in fits of laughter or just put us in a better mood by being themselves. You could also phone a friend and enjoy a good chat with them even if you are not able to meet up.
Comedy time. When you feel bored, it can be the perfect time to put on a comedy and laugh away. Classic comedies can really put you in a good mood and you may find yourself smiling away for the rest of the day.
If you feel bored regularly, it may be an indication that you need to change some things in your life and become more productive. If you find this to be the case, you could plan a fulfilling project to work on to kill boredom. Not only is this a way of killing boredom, but you will also be very proud of your results. This could be something like starting your own business or a healthy eating plan. Whatever seems appealing to you! Think about it, then go for it. If you do this, you will always have something rewarding to do when you have extra time on your hands.
Sometimes we think we're bored but we're actually tired. A good time for a nap. If you feel bored you could go to sleep for a while to refresh yourself. You will feel brighter and more energetic when you wake up. Tiredness makes up lose concentration and can even make us feel miserable. When I have a good nap, boredom seems to disappear and I can think better.
Thanks for reading my ideas on how to cure boredom. Though you never see it when you are bored, the boredom will eventually pass. Something more entertaining will pop up, and you will be able to cure your boredom. I promise ;)
What are your tips about how to cure boredom? Feel free to share below.
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