In this blog, I want to share with you how to stop being bored but also how to use that feeling to enhance your life. Boredom is linked to both anxiety and stress. It’s something that holds you back from feeling able to concentrate on a task or commit to anything.
You may know what you want but when you feel bored it stops you feeling able to concentrate.
Help! I’m bored
What your brain is doing here is it’s trying to help you to
A. Focus on something fun which will keep you interested and
B. Regulate your stress levels.
This is why when you are bored, you usually yawn, to get more oxygen into your body.
Which, in turn, helps you to de-stress and give a short burst of energy.
So, if you can learn to overcome boredom, this will mean that you can be more motivated and driven.
The thing about boredom is that it saps all of your energy and your brain automatically thinks about something else, anything else, except those boring tasks.
The irony, however, is that the boring task is usually important. If it wasn’t it wouldn’t keep on coming up in your thoughts.
So, how do you eliminate and control boredom?
First, is rather than focusing on the boredom focus on the excitement of getting that task or thing done.
Remember, if you don’t finish it will keep entering your thoughts, reminding you that you have unfinished business at the most inappropriate times – such as when you are trying to have fun or relax.
When you start to feel bored and want to do something else, focus instead on how great it will feel when it is done; and how relieved you will feel that you don’t need to think about it anymore.
Take a break to battle boredom
Next, make sure that you give yourself breaks.
You may want it done and over with so that you can relax, but if you don’t give yourself breaks, you can feel tired and this will make it more likely that you will procrastinate.
So, take short breaks so that you can stay on point when you need to be.
Bye boredom – start right now
The sooner you start the sooner it will be over.
Delaying and procrastinating just prolongs the emotional pain of knowing that you have to do it. Make a start and you will realise that it isn’t as hard as you thought.
What I want you to take away from this is that boredom is trying to help you to manage stress and anxiety in your life.