Inspired Learning: How to Tackle Boredom

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How to Tackle Boredom

Get Inspired Again

by J.M. Troppello

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker

I’m an independent person. I like my alone time. I can generally find something to keep me occupied like writing, reading, or doing other creative things.

Yet I do get bored sometimes.

When I’m bored, I get restless. That’s not good. I admit that there have been times when boredom and restlessness caused me to act out.

That took the form of me getting annoyed at my husband over insignificant things.

Generally, I can pull myself back from that pit of negative behavior. I try to get busy doing something productive to combat that boredom.

Ways to Combat Boredom

There’s no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there’s no excuse for boredom, ever. – Viggo Mortensen

1. Redirect

The best way to combat boredom is to redirect your focus. Do something productive that can keep you out of trouble. Change the direction you’re headed down of inactivity to productive activity. Give yourself the opportunity to become a creator and not a waster of time.

2. Mindfulness

Take time by yourself to practice mindfulness. Focus on the five senses. Close your eyes and ask yourself what you hear. Open your eyes. Ask yourself what do you see?

Do the same thing with the senses of smell, taste, and touch. This process can center you and help you reset your mindset.

3. New Things

Get refocused on positivity by trying something new. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a language or new skill. Enhance your professional life by taking courses on personal development and your field of expertise.

Focusing on something new can catapult you off the boredom track fairly quickly.

4. Connections

If you’re bored and can’t figure out how to occupy yourself, tap your connections for help. Call a friend. See if they can hang out.

If you can’t meet in person, video chat. Play a game together online.

Share with your friends how you feel. Ask them to help you get occupied with something productive. Connecting with people can make you forget about your boredom and get you on track to more productive activities.

5. Get Physical

Exercising can release endorphins which can boost your mood. When you’re bored, you likely are not in a good mood.

Getting physical can be exactly what you need to save yourself from boredom.

Go for a walk. Get busy exercising. Spend time outside in nature. Being outside can help to boost your mood and preoccupy you with something productive.

The Takeaway

“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” – Thomas Carlyle

Boredom is not something most people strive for in life. However, when you are bored, you have the power to change things. You can change the trajectory of your life in a positive direction.

Remember these five key things if you want to combat boredom.

  • Redirect your focus

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Try something new

  • Embrace your connections

  • Get physical and have fun

Challenge yourself today and combat boredom.


About the Author

J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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