How about overcoming boredom and getting some fun? Learn why people get bored, why it is a good thing and how to cure it.
What is boredom?
It means to be uninterested in anything happening. Boredom is uncomfortable. Such a simple and common day occurrence as boredom can in fact lead us to the most profound ideas. One of them is that life by itself may not be enough to satisfy us. Otherwise, we would have never gotten bored.
On the other hand, it may indicate that the human being is so much greater that the world around us that we keep looking for something or someone greater still to satisfy us.
Here are some awesome facts for you on this thing:
- When you are bored, your brain gets even more active in certain areas responsible for cognition and self-understanding
- The brain activity drops down only by five percent, when you are bored
- When we get bored, we become creative
- Actually it stimulates your self-development and self-improvement activities
- There is a special test (BPS) you can take to measure out the level of it in your life
- Boredom can be caused by the smaller number of dopamine receptors in the brain
- It may lead to depression and various addictions
- Monotony can actually destroy our brain and its receptors, if it gets overwhelming
- Variety, on the other hand, stimulates the growth and development of brain and makes its cells live longer
- The word “boredom” was entered in 1852
Boredom is a mild form of disgust, which pushes us away from harmful things. It is an emotion and it works like a warning. When you get into the area of no interest (lacking of use and unhealthy for you), you get bored. Basically, it warns you of wasting your time on some meaningless activities and makes you more productive. That is, you can use a sense of monotony as your friend.
If you sense that “healthy” boredom, you start doing more and achieving more in life. That’s one view on it. The other one is that this sense allows us to hang out doing nothing in particular and being engaged in an unstructured type of activities.
That is kind of what we have done in our childhoods. There is no way adults could entertain their kids all the time back then. Now we have gotten all those digital babysitters for our kids: phones, notebooks, iPads, etc. But in our time there was nothing of the sort and kids used to hang out doing nothing and everything at once. Most of us did enjoy our young years, though.
So, on one hand extreme boredom may lead to disorders and even addictions.
Or, at least to dumb activates. On the other hand, it can be a useful tool for waking up your creativity and letting your brain reboot.
How to overcome boredom – 5 top ideas
I am pretty much sure you can find your own easy ways to put away boredom and “kill” time. No need to aid you there. So, let’s take a look at some more constructive ways of handling it.
- Make it your friend
Life keeps telling us something and teaching us about things. The problem is we do not always know how to pay attention and learn those useful lessons. If you often times get bored, take heed to it. Ask yourself: what lesson may I get from it? It might be that the life is warning you of wasting your time on the wrong job position or taking the wrong classes in college. Or, it might be it is signalizing to you that it’s time to reboot, get creative and move to the next level.
What is it exactly that you need to do? Stop (well, I’m already not doing much and get bored!) and think. Let your mind roam through things it wants to. Let it run like a wild horse for a moment. Do some brain storming on the subject: how to fly to Mars or what would I do with a billion dollar bill? Just take it easy and dream a little. Make your own fiction story or a fairy tale. Just let yourself to be a child once again.
- Get to work
Often times, when people get bored they are more inclined and open to “catch” with some things they postponed. Stuff like cleaning or doing your assignments can actually help you get engaged and bring back that interest and spice of life.
Constant shelving can lead to depression and anxiety. So, being bored is a good time to get those things done and make a head away.
- Start crafting
Getting your hand busy is a good idea. You can find new hobby or develop new skills trying to cope with your boredom. Explore a new area or find time to do something you have been dreaming to do for a long time. Start making things, turning trash to treasure. Many people have attained great success doing that. And since boredom stimulates creativity, you can use it as your ally.
- Play some games
Who would have thought that playing games is actually is one of the basic human necessities. We do not overgrow it with time. Being adults we still can learn many things by playing digital games. You can do the logic or cards ones. Or just something for fun. It lets you relax and enjoy life, but you keep developing some of your skills at the same time.
Being bored means your brain is looking for stimulation. What could be more stimulating than a good workout? You would immediately boost your energy levels and feel better. If you are tired of mental activities, just take a stroll or a walk down the park or do some heavy duty exercises to make get you really stimulated.
5 dumbest things people do to entertain – 5 top
Now people and especially teens do really crazy things to keep the boredom away. Let’s take a look at the wildest ones.
- Jump off of things
That’s the favorite one. Folks jump off buildings, blocks, cars, bridges, trees, just about any place as if they would have clean forgotten they cannot fly. Here is a bit of exotic. There is not much ice in Nigeria. By all means not enough to do such a crazy thing as to jump into the frozen lake – there you go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3N04Z3W4uc
- Spin on swings
Another popular one. Some folks think that kids playgrounds were actually made for them and their crazy stunts. Here is a great video for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWyLp6OWa48.
- Sporty dumb things
You must have seen tons of unlucky stunts done on bikes, boards, boats, motorcycles and cars. Here is something new for you. A guy has decided to travel from USA to Bermuda triangle in a… homemade bubble! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-NTQDN9L2Y They have inserted the wrap bubble into a metal frame and sent him of first to a nearby island. He walked on the water for over 90 km, so he decided he can walk the rest 2000 on the water safely. After a week of time and 120 km the guy was moved back to the solid land, existed but unharmed.
- Getting drunk
Having a drink may seem like a good idea at first, but you if you do not stop timely, you can get yourself in trouble. It’s a mercy if you get just a mild headache and some funny videos made by your friends afterwards (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4C5j1hO13U). Some folks do awful thing being drunk.
- Making stupid and funny videos (and dangerous mistakes)
What else is YouTube for, ha? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-UoJ-kT-Rc Just watch and may be you’ll spare yourself of trying anything like that!
So, what to do when you are bored? That really depends on who you are and how dumb you are! Life can get monotonous at times, but it’s up to you to pick the path: the dumb or the creative one. Choose well.