Twiddling thumbs, dozing off, staring off into space, daydreaming…
Every now and then, we all encounter unproductive moments where we just can’t seem to find anything to do but those activities listed above. Hopefully this list (below) will help you the next time you are bored.
What to do when you are bored:
Get Up and Move. Have you ever noticed that the longer you sit around doing nothing, the more you want to continue sitting around doing nothing, but as soon as you get up and start doing something, you feel so much better? Kind of like that Celebrex commercial (“A body at rest tends to stay at rest…a body in motion tends to stay in motion…”). When you’re bored, if at all possible, avoid being stagnant. Go for a walk or jog. Have a dance party in your living room. Just get up and move.
Tackle something on your to-do list. That nagging task on your to-do list isn’t going to accomplish itself. Take this opportunity to think about what tasks you have been putting off, and (as Nike says) just do it!
Do something creative. Write. Color. Draw. Build. CREATE! These activities can sometimes be stress-relieving, especially if there’s no pressure, and you’re just creating for the sake of creating. When we were “trapped” in our house due to a flood in our city a few years ago, my mom killed time by making throw pillows out of old t-shirts, and bracelets & hair clips out of an assortment of buttons she had lying around. Although my sisters and I teased her about them, it was actually kind of cool, and I’m sure for her, it made the time go by faster.
Reach out. Contact someone who has been on your mind lately. Reconnect with someone you haven’t seen or heard from in a while. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. You never know; someone just might be in need of your contact.
Help Others. Can’t seem to do anything for yourself? Ask someone else if they need help with anything and inquire how you can help them. Sometimes when you do something for someone else, it can motivate you to take action in your own life.
These are a few of my suggestions for fighting boredom. What do you do when you’re bored?