Being Bored Can Be Good for You – If You Do It Right

In a world that values productivity and constant stimulation, it can be challenging to appreciate the simple joys of boredom. But what if we told you that boredom could actually be good for you? Yes, you read that right; boredom can have its benefits, but only if you do it right. 

Psychologists say that boredom is a normal feeling, and there's no truth in the reproach that only boring people get bored. Yet, still, boredom is often seen as a negative experience, something you must avoid at all costs.  

However, research has shown that boredom can be good for us. According to a study published in the Academy of Management Discoveries journal, boredom can lead to creativity and innovation. When you are bored, your mind is free to wander, and you are more likely to come up with new ideas and solutions. Getting bored can be a healthy way to free up headspace and open your mind to new ways of being and thinking. 

Furthermore, being bored can also lead to increased self-reflection and self-awareness. When external factors do not constantly stimulate you, you have more time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings and better understand yourself. 

What is the real meaning of boredom?

Many people need help understanding what boredom is. One of the most common misinterpretations is that it happens due to the absence of things to do. However, this is not true. Instead, when you are bored, you usually know you have plenty of things to do, yet you feel you can't summon up sufficient desire to do them. 

The negative result of being bored

People prone to regular feelings of boredom who don't know how to harness it productively may lean toward unhealthy tendencies, such as smoking, drinking too much, overeating, or, in extreme cases taking drugs. 

And if someone finds themself consistently bored, it could signal an underlying desire to find a greater purpose and meaning for their life. To know you can affect the world and that things in life make sense are feelings essential for us as human beings, as vital even as fresh air, healthy food and sunlight. 

So, how can you make the most of boredom and reap more of its positive benefits? Here are a few tips: 

Embrace the boredom

The first step to making the most of boredom is to embrace it. Instead of trying to distract yourself or fill every moment with activity, allow yourself to be bored. Give yourself permission to do nothing and instead enjoy the present moment. 

Disconnect from technology

To fully embrace boredom, it's essential to disconnect from technology. Put away your phone, turn off the TV, and step away from your computer. By disconnecting from technology, you give yourself the space to be present and engage with your thoughts and feelings. 

Immerse yourself in a simple activity

While it's essential to disconnect from technology, that doesn't mean you have to do nothing. Instead, try simple activities like walking, yoga, or reading a book. These activities can help you relax and unwind while allowing your mind to wander and develop new ideas. 

Practice mindfulness

Another way to make the most of your boredom is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness involves being fully present and engaged in the present moment without judgment or distraction. By practising mindfulness, you can become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, leading to 'Aha' moments and a better understanding of yourself. 

Set aside dedicated time for boredom

If you really want to make the most of your boredom, set aside dedicated time for it. Schedule some time each day or each week to be bored. It's an easy way to help you develop a routine and maximise the benefits of boredom. 

Being bored can benefit us, but only if we do it right. By embracing boredom, disconnecting from technology, engaging in simple activities, practising mindfulness, and setting aside dedicated time for boredom, we can reap the benefits of this often-misunderstood experience.  

So, next time you find yourself bored, don't try to distract yourself - instead, lean into the boredom and see where it takes you. 

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