Whoever you are, wherever you are, you likely experienced boredom. Likely you experienced this every day of your lives. This is the reason why everyone seems, “On the go.” Many of the reason why you are bored is because of repetition.
Human beings are innately creative creatures. This distinguishes us from lower forms of life without self awareness. One of the problems with modern society is that every year the cost of living goes up and up. This fact makes all people work more and more for less and less. This could be a symptom of burn out. Many people thus lack the time to be creative and do things that involve creativity. Usually, people do things more creative in their leisure time. With less and less time being available for leisure, people, especially modern people, find themselves bored because they are forced into a routine that they detest.
One way out is to diminish your need for material comforts. Much of what you work for involves satisfying that which you think you need to survive. What you are doing then is trading your life away for money and goods. This is a sure fire recipe for unhappiness and boredom.
To get more leisure time for experiencing creativity in your life, curtail all financial debt. Don’t be led astray with promises of happiness by say buying a new car with all the frills if you have to get into debt. All this does is put another nail in your coffin of exiting boredom. Financial indebtedness puts undue pressure on you to continue working harder and harder in a routine that saps time away from your creativity.
The key to an activity that escapes your cycle of boredom is to find things to do that is inspiring, or fulfilling. Take time to write down on a sheet of paper all the things that “inspire” you.
Much of that will entail helping others. When the focus is shifted away from yourself and onto others, it is harder to get bored, because you are loving and serving others and are not so “into yourself”. To focus on helping others, you must begin the process. You cannot get anywhere by not walking. You must make your feet move one step in front of the other.
Also, do things that involve your creative spirit. Everyone has a creative side to them, and harnessing their inner creativity is paramount to happiness away from boredom. Do you feel creative when you write a song, a poem, draw a picture, play a musical instrument? What about if you write a story? Think of a way to do something new and create a patent for it.
Don’t expect the world to automatically satisfy your boredom. Much of what modern society does is give you television and boring stories about reality TV stars (famous only for being famous) and movies that are just eye candy. Many psychology studies proved that PASSIVE engagement is only a very temporary solution for boredom. As soon as the TV program ends, the boredom comes back, with even a greater fury.
In addition, ask yourself, “What is the meaning of Life?” and address that issue. Everyone has a different answer, and addressing your own is yet another key to solving your boredom/burnout/unhappiness. If one has meaning and purpose to one’s life, it is nearly impossible to stay bored. If you are doing something that has real “meaning” to your life, you won’t even stand still long enough to be “bored”.
Pursuing your own meaning for life keeps you focused, on purpose, and inspired. Maybe you find meaning in family and friends. Others find meaning in poetry and maybe in cooking. Others in charitable work… When you witness people in the news helping tornado victims working, or those helping feed hungry people, do they look bored? Of course not. They are “on purpose”, and have found their own meaning. Finding meaning in the agenda of a big corporation whose only motivation is profit is just ridiculous. Just like finding a virgin in a “red light district”.
The meaning in life must be explored and found within an individual. The meaning of your life will NOT just come to you. You must work to find it. Once you do, you can leave the ghost of boredom behind. It doesn’t mean you won’t encounter that “demon” once in a while, but it will surely keep such phantoms away.
Also, awaken your inner child. Find the beauty and the small miracles in your everyday life. I recall a movie called “Big” with Tom Hanks. Children are always fascinated with new things. It is highly doubtful that you know and understand everything in your everyday routine life.
Like children do, change things around in your day. Add new activities every week to your “to do” list. Join a new organization, a new club, take classes at a local community college. There, find and meet new friends. Even the closest of friends can incite boredom if the relationships do not challenge you. Take up a new sport. Join a bowling league, a golf team, an adult tennis league.
Be like water. When water stands still, it stagnates and rots. Water must keep flowing to be crystal clear, healthy, and free of rotting smells. Create a “things to do before you die” list. Having a “bucket list” like countries to travel to, states to visit on a car road trip, all will help you constantly stave off boredom. Start your list with small things, and then move the list to bigger things. For example, you may put on your list that you will visit the nearest nature museum in your city, and then at the far end of your list you may put that you will visit Venice in the summer. Just move… Like the Nike shoe company exhorts, “Just Do It”…
Whatever you do, engage in activities that are of permanence. Not of zero substance. Drugs and reckless activities fall into this category. There is no “soul” in drugs and reckless endeavors. For example, taking a hit of cocaine will stave off boredom for certain, but that high lasts only a few minutes (not to mention will empty your wallet and bring the lawman to your door). Like John Lennon wrote, such drugs are a dirty dirty thing. Examine closely what you do decide to combat your boredom. Make sure it entails things that are soul fulfilling. Make sure you “own it”. Don’t engage in activities that only entail staring at the shadows of others…