If you are bored, and we have addressed this topic before in previous chapters, you have to be able to try many different things until the boredom disappears from you. First and foremost, endeavor to do something different. Look at your current routine and figure out what is really boring you. If you always say did something indoors like exercising, work the workout outdoors for a change of scenery.
As we discussed, television and the Internet can paradoxically cause even more boredom. However, you have to realize that your body is built for “movement”. If you are not doing anything physical, then the heart and blood are not pumping and there is a dearth of endogenous epinephrine and endorphins running through your body. Turn off that television and do outdoors. Ride a bike, hike a nature trail.
Maybe the problem is that your mind is not stimulated. Watching television is often too passive of an endeavor. Rather, pick up a good book that engages your imagination. If the book is so thoroughly engaging, you may not even feel the time pass.
Try to get say a half hour to a one hour block of “private time”. In this time, make sure you are going to do whatever you want unrelated to your regular day. Many times, boredom is caused by a static environment. Do something you were putting off for a long time. Go downstairs and clean the basement. Go and clean up your attic and crawlspace. Redecorate or rearrange your room and furniture.
Unless they are forced to sit in a classroom and read boring stories or recite their multiplication tables, kids are a good source of things you can do to spark your imagination and lift you away from boredom. When you were a child or when you see children in the park, do they look bored? Take a cue from the little ones and use your imagination. Follow your kids (or your sibling’s kids) and make believe and go to the backyard and sit on a swing.
Much of what EXTENDS boredom is not being to do what you REALLY want to do. That can range from the short term to long term things. Short term, maybe you do not want to watch that rerun of your old comedy. Maybe you need to go to the hobby store and buy a paintbrush and watercolor board and make a painting of your house.
Also, studies have shown that much of boredom results from being alone. It is really hard to feel “bored” when surrounded by interesting people who share the same interests you do. Join any and all organizations that have similar interests as you. Maybe it is a book club where you can share you last favorite book. Maybe you need to go to a website like meetup.com and find friends that share in your interests like battles in World War II. Maybe you need to join a chess club or a cycling group or a skateboarding group.
Make a list of chores you need to accomplish that does two things. First, it will put off your boredom and also make you feel PRODUCTIVE by finishing the “to do” things around your house. Maybe your car needs to be washed.
Finally, take some time to add new challenges. If the emotion of boredom comes again and again, it means that you have periods of time that do not activate the creative centers of your brain. Write a list of new mental and physical stimulating things you can do right in your house or outside like starting a new garden.