How many times per month, per week, or even per day do you find yourself saying “I am bored”?
Whether you feel bored at work, at school, or at home, it is important to think about whether your boredom is a short-term feeling or a long-term problem that you need to address.
Boredom, to a certain extent, is a completely natural human experience. Many of us face boredom at some point of our lives. However, if we feel bored consistently, we may want to understand the cause and find ways to ensure that we are fulfilled in our daily lives.
I have gone through phases where I have felt bored, and it ends up causing stress if there is too much boredom. I decided to research this topic recently and found some interesting suggestions to help us all conquer boredom when it comes our way.
- If you are doing too much, you may feel bored as a coping mechanism, and should slow down. As my dad says, prepare for what is going to bite you first (aka, take each day as it comes and finish what is due first).
- If you are doing too little, you may feel bored without the mental stimulation of activities, and you should get involved. Find networking groups at work or school, seek meetup groups in your community, or plan to spend more time with your friends or loved ones.
- If you are bored at work or school, find ways to be active. Actively learn, actively meet people, go for a walk at lunch, and get involved in new projects to regain interest in your work. Active thinking and active doing will keep your mind from wandering and will distract you from any bored sentiments.
- If you are bored in general, find new hobbies that combine your passions or expand your talents. For example, if you are a financial analyst by day but prefer creative assignments, consider creative hobbies at home such as decorating, cooking, or painting.
- Lastly, if you are bored of your daily routine, go somewhere out of the ordinary! This could be a new restaurant in your hometown, a nearby city, or a vacation. For most people, “newness” often implies that the place/activity is interesting, so we will forget about being bored when we do something new. We will also gain new insights from our surroundings and the people we meet along the way.
I hope these insights help us all in our endless quest for fulfillment and engagement in our everyday lives!