Boredom: The Good and the Bad.

True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller –

We don’t like being bored. When bored the mind becomes restless. It is an uncomfortable feeling and we try to relieve the discomfort by seeking stimulation or by day dreaming.

Boredom can be the result of too little stimulation and sometimes of over stimulation as well.  Have you noticed how your children can play games on their electronic devices while watching television at the same time? Switch everything off and soon they will be looking for treats or they will be chasing each other around noisily.

For someone who tries to be more careful with what one eats, boredom can be a challenge when the search for relief leads to excessive kilojoule intake to satisfy the need for sensory stimulation and before you know it, that excess will show on the scale.

Rather than seeking relief from boredom, it might be a wise strategy to embrace times of boredom and to let it work to your advantage. The following tips can help.

  • Boredom leads to day dreaming, which in turn, can stimulate creativity.
  • Boredom can be the inspiration behind new ideas and the motivation to set and follow meaningful new goals.
  • Keep you mind active with engaging mental activities.
  • Start meaningful projects which can have lasting value for your self, your family or even others.
  • Go for a long walk and enjoy nature’s bounty.

Allow yourself to stop and do absolutely nothing from time to time.

A quiet mind allows for introspection and mindfulness which is a much needed luxury in our busy lives.

Don’t forget: Newton was sitting quietly under an apple tree when he discovered the law of gravity.

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