Updated: Mar 27, 2022
Feeling bored or unmotivated these days? You’re not alone. Despite our current society being full of enough technology to provide constant stimulation and entertainment, boredom is more common than ever.
First of all, what is boredom? Boredom is defined as the averse experience of wanting, but being unable, to participate in fulfilling or rewarding activity.
Whenever you feel disinterested or detached for extended periods of time, that can then become chronic boredom. Chronic boredom may then lead to addictive behaviors such as excessive drinking, overindulgent eating habits, hours of playing video games, or other self destructive behaviors in order to feel alive.
The need to escape boredom is very much related to our inability to be present and to live in the moment. Mindfulness is a way to cultivate a greater sense of being in the moment.
Then, once we are in the moment, the feeling of boredom naturally subsides.
The next time you feel extra bored or lazy, give this simple exercise a try.
Acknowledge that you are bored and recognize that it is just a feeling…feelings are natural and will eventually go away
Ask yourself, why are you feeling bored or detached
Connect with the sensations that your boredom is creating in your mind and body. Can you feel it resting somewhere within your body? How does it feel? How would you describe it to someone else?
Imagine breathing in and out, focusing on your breathing and your heartbeat. What happens then?
Now that you’ve shifted your focus to your body, and away from the sensation of just being bored. How do you feel?
Mindfulness is the perfect cure for boredom. Throughout your day, whenever you feel bored, just bring your attention back to your breath, your senses, and your surroundings. Take a little extra time to appreciate the world around you and you’ll feel better soon.
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