How to battle the boredom blues
I can remember feeling really bored at times when going through the worst of my chemotherapy – bored with being ill; bored because I am such a foodie and I was too sick to enjoy my food; bored with not having the energy to drag myself out of bed. I had one good week before the next round of chemo and I would use that week to catch up on all the things I felt unable to do in the previous 2 or 3 weeks.
Of course, my boredom was related to being ill from the side effects of heavy doses of chemotherapy, but what if you are feeling bored right now, for no other reason than, well just plain boredom. What is the solution?
According to the authors of a new book*, the cure is curiosity.
So, try something new. Learn to dance. Snowboard. Paint. Sing. Juggle. Ask a child for their advice. Take it. Pretend that today is the last day of your life. Or the first. Turn off the television. Tune in to life.
It seems that like so many things in life, we can choose to be bored, or we can choose to be curious and interested in life, and shake those boredom blues.
Do you ever battle with boredom? What do you do to beat the boredom blues?
* The Alphabet of the Human Heart by Matthew Johnstone and James Kerr
Enjoyed this post and while I agree with you regarding curiosity and interest as an antidote to boredom, I also thing another important point to note is what our boredom might be telling us. If you are bored by your job, maybe it’s time for a career change. Bored with your relationship? Then you need to look at ways to get it back on track again. Sometimes we need to listen to the voice of wisdom behind our feelings of boredom and use it as a tool for change.
The problem will boredom is that it can lead to overeating, drinking and drug use as a way to counteract the boredom, so it is important to find healthy ways to deal with it.
I understand the boredom issue. Right now, with it being so cold and horrible outside, there seems to be no incentive to leave the house unless one absolutely has to. I tend to cook a lot more when I’m bored and try new recipes – things that I wouldn’t normally attempt or are very involved are a good antidote. I also find that I write a lot more if I’m bored. I can easily write away for an afternoon and find that I’ve killed a few hours without even thinking about it. But I am so looking forward to spring, when I can get back out in my garden, because that’s something that I really love to do, and soon I will start dragging out the gardening books to start planning the seasons projects as well as the vegetable garden plantings. Roll on Spring !
Thanks so much for sharing your boredom busting ideas Anna – cooking is one of my favorite things to do and I would love to be more creative in terms of gardening, as I know how therapeutic it can be. Yes, roll on Spring!