Coping with boredom

The other day I was at the supermarket, and met a friend and as we got talking, she told me how bored she was and that she only came out to look around and buy things, she later confessed she did not need.

Boredom itself is neither bad nor good, only our choices about how to counter it make it so. To prevent boredom and keep it away, we need to find solutions at home that provide lasting meaning and challenge.

See periods of boredom as time to Pause and Reflect. Find your purpose in life – you have something that the world needs- what do you love doing? What could you do right now if you knew you would succeed?

It did make me think about boredom and how sometimes it can lead us to doing things which are not necessary. In the past, when I was bored, I would just eat junk food and spend time on the phone chatting away to friends for ages. I realise that I had to stop it as I then put on weight which made me feel bad and stressed.

Some of my tips to cope with boredom.

  1. Plan what you are going to do each day including time to just relax and chill.

2. Declutter – Over this covid19 period, I have actually cleared up all the rubbish in my shed and garden. It feels good as I can now spend quality time in the garden.

3. Make a to do list – I made a list of things I had been putting off, and each day I would do one of the tasks, and i enjoyed crossing my list each time I completed a task and this gave me a sense of achievement.

4. Volunteer – I decided to volunteer to help deliver lunches and being a friend to those in need in our local area. This I find very rewarding helping and making a difference.

5. New Hobby – I started bird watching, walking and DIY. I am really enjoying trying these new hobbies as they help me connect with others as well as given me a sense of purpose.

There’s no denying that the situation we face with  COVID19 is a challenging one  – maybe the most difficult that many of us will face, ever. But, finding ways to cope with boredom,  focusing on the positives and embracing simplicity of life  are ways   to make things that little bit easier.

The graveyard is full of people who would gladly exchange  places with us now, so that they can live their life again, so please make every moment of your life count, make the most of each day and as the motivational speaker Les Brown would say, “You have greatness within you” go now and unwrap it.

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