Why do we get bored? This is something that has puzzled scientists for a long time – why do we get bored? There’s no reason for this to happen, since there are so many things we can do in our modern lives. And yet it still happens, more and more regularly.
Different people have different responses to it, of course. Some people actively find things to do, although this is not always advisable; other people place the burden of their entertainment on another person, to avoid the fact that they can’t amuse themselves in the same way that others can. Read on for some ways to fill your time when you get bored.
First of all, you need to realise that you are bored. This might seem counterproductive, but realising that you are bored is what gives you the power to change things for the better, and get rid of your boredom. Realise that you are bored, and you will also realise that you are responsible for changing that fact, and that the capability of doing so is literally at your fingertips.
Using your imagination is a good way to alleviate boredom, no matter how it is used. If you need to have a purpose for everything you do, write a story – you can do this anyway, and then afterwards decide if you want to do anything with it.
Carry pen and paper everywhere. You don’t need to write down everything, but occasionally noting ideas and events down can stimulate your curiosity and intrigue, which can lead to less boredom, as you spend time thinking about what you are writing. This can also work with a sketch pad.
Curiosity is a human trait, but some people are more curious than others. Even if you aren’t naturally as curious as other people, try and look into something that interests you as a cure for being bored. You never know what you might find out, and as a bonus, you will pass the time more quickly.
Act spontaneously. This also comes up as one of the tips for adults who date, as spontaneity can be a good trait for some people. Spontaneity can lead you out of your normal routine (which might be what is causing your boredom), and give you something new and interesting with which to interest yourself.
Begin writing. This is a step up from simply using your imagination, as coming up with a story is the stated goal from the start. Your writing project can be anything you want it to be; fiction, non-fiction, long or short. Everything is up to you.
You could also volunteer with an organisation of your choice. This has multiple advantages to it – not only do you get something which occupies your time and as well as your mind, therefore curbing boredom on multiple fronts, the organisation you are helping (and the people it serves) will benefit from your work. Choose a programme which needs help, but which also interests you.