It’s like a stagnant hum that lingers in the mind. It comes about, somewhat unannounced, and shoos any form of entertainment out the door: Boredom.
It’s a state we’re all familiar with. We probably knew it best as children. I’d get it the worst whenever I stepped foot inside a doctors office. I was too young to understand anything that was in the dated lifestyle magazines, but too old for any of the germy toys that lived inside the waiting room. That waiting room was such torture for anyone between the ages of five and, well… even now it’s a place where boredom grabs hold and refuses to let go without a fight. That’s not the only place — boredom likes to show its face at work, in the car, at home, on bad dates… really anywhere or anytime it feels apt to make a presence.
But believe it or not, I’ve come to realize that boredom is actually a blessing in disguise.
Bored is defined as “feeling weary and impatient because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity.” I never would have coined “being bored” as a good thing, but it’s actually our brains way of encouraging us to get up, get going and to do something.
Overcoming it depends on how we force ourselves to take it on. Instead of twiddling your thumbs and begging the feeling of “meh” to disappear, try something new. Allow this time to float away on a daydream. Make new goals… foster creativity… find inspiration and run with it. The mind becomes blank when we’re bored, therefor, it needs something to make it colorful again. There’s a million things out there that we could distract ourselves with, and this time presents the perfect opportunity. Learning isn’t supposed to end once you leave school, so try out a new hobby and educate yourself… become familiar with the unfamiliar.
Next time we feel the words “I’m bored” about to slip from our lips, switch the pace up and get moving. Finding a challenge to use as a distraction is when all boredom will cease. Exercise, cook, clean, sing, dance, create, play… now is the time to get started.
+ How do you take on boredom?
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