Looking Ahead With Lauren: Beating Boredom

beat-boredom“I’m bored.” I’m sure we’ve all hear and said that phrase a couple thousand times in our lives. Yet what is boredom? We seem to blame boredom on a lot of things: the reason we snack so much, the reason we hate our jobs and even rowdy teenagers use it when being prosecuted for petty crimes. But if you really think about it, is boredom a valid emotion? Isn’t there always some sort of cure? There is always something you can be doing, you just say you’re bored because you’re too lazy or scared to get things done.

You get the point… so now how do we beat the boredom monster? A mini pep talk is definitely in order, along with a inner questioning. The next time you find yourself feeling bored or doing something like mindless snacking out of boredom, ask yourself why. Why am I bored? What can I be doing that will help me feel productive or help me have fun? As silly as it sounds, making a list of things to keep yourself occupied with to look at when you’re feeling bored can help!

Just be mindful and make good choices. Are you avoiding exercise by vegging out and watching TV and mindless eating? Are you avoiding a big project at work by saying you’re bored and trying to find something else to do? Take a look inside and at your to-do list.

If you’re stuck in a unavoidable boredom such as waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in traffic, be happy for those moments of relaxation. Be aware of your surroundings.

What do you think? Is boredom a valid emotion? How do you overcome boredom? Tell us!

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  1. Great ideas, Lauren; I can tell you keep a journal, or two or three.

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