Exercise, exercise, and more exercise. To combat boredom, it is always safe to look at others who are NOT bored at that moment and emulate what they are doing. Have you ever seen a 10K race where everyone was bored? Never. They are running, huffing, puffing, engaged in the moment. We are all physical bodies in need of movement. Find all situations and carve out time periods in your day where you can get some exercise.
Sporting Events…As we mentioned previously, engaging in sports is a great way to combat boredom. But what if you can’t or simply do not feel like running, biking, jogging, soccer, volleyball, etc.? Then go to a stadium and watch a sporting event. Once again, the rule applies. Look at people who are NOT bored, and do the same.
Did you ever attend a baseball or football game where all the spectators were bored out of their skulls? Never happens. The sounds of the crowds, the screaming (and jeering), the umpires yelling, all the energy in the air. Even the vendors selling hot dogs up and down the aisles. There is no room for boredom anywhere in the stands. Do so likewise and attend these “boredom busting” activities.
Become a “tourist” within your own town. It may not be feasible financially to go to Venice right away. But what about all the wonder in your nearest city? Did you think about all the art galleries and museums…right in your own backyard? Most people will drive a thousand miles to visit an art gallery in another city but completely ignore their own gems in their backyard. For example in Chicago, we have the Art Institute, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo. All have free days, and you can get one of those free museum passes at your local Chicago Public Library. The Lincoln Park Zoo is free all year around. There is so much to see and wonder and imagine. You need not look far to find fulfillment.
Talk to Strangers. While it may be awkward to begin a conversation with someone randomly on a busy rush hour subway in the morning, how about a nice conversation with someone at your local grocery store. There need not be any ulterior motive behind it. If you are in the fruit and vegetable section, and you see someone buying a certain vegetable or fruit, casually mention to them what they plan on cooking with their new food item. Mention a recipe of your own. Take and evaluate a proper and appropriate time to chat with a stranger. Maybe engage in a conversation at a book store while someone is reading a particular author or subject you are also keen about. There is so much to learn about others, people…all people have an interesting side. When the right moment arises, everyone has something they like to talk about. There is no such thing as boredom in a bright and lively conversation.
Watch your local PBS station. Boredom hits everyone from time to time, you just have to know yourself and what cures it when it happens. Everyone has their own interests that they would like to explore. I mentioned much of what passes as network television entertainment is vapid and empty. But I neglected to mentioned soulful quality enriching television. Particularly look at your local PBS station. There are travel shows, cooking shows, documentaries on politics and countries and nature shows.
Read or write an interesting book or blog. They say everyone has a novel inside them. Explore your inner self and create your own story. Maybe it is about a children’s book. I remember one of my favorite books was about Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad” books as a child. The stories and pictures were so fascinating and enriching…with wonderful tales and words of wisdom. Even if very few will end up reading it, the very act of creating stories will destroy any boredom which comes your way. Even this blog is a great example of “boredom busters”. I myself do get bored from time to time. But by creating this blog and having many unique visitors, I gain such joy and happiness from my creative writing. Find your own niche, and start writing away. Visit other blogsites with similar interests and link back to them. It can even be considered an interesting hobby.