How to deal with boredom?

Normally when we have nothing to do, we feel unsatisfied and bored. Boredom comes from a lack of interest in what we are doing if we are doing something or from just doing nothing. We easily feel bored when we are doing something we don’t like or a job we hate. You may also feel fatigued or nervous. 

Boredom happens for many reasons, and it happens to us all from time to time. Continuous feelings of boredom can lead to health issues such as depression. The good news is that there are many ways you can use to help you be more productive and not feeling bored. 

I will only share my top five steps that I used whenever I feel bored and hope you will find them helpful. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know how you deal with boredom and do you have any tips or advice that you can share with us. 

Without further ado let’s discuss the 5 easy steps to help you deal with boredom. 

1-        Have a balanced diet 

Diet plays a big role in our mental health and how we feel. If you are constantly consuming junk food, you will feel sluggish and lazy which will lead to boredom. The food we eat releases chemicals to the brain which affects our mood and how we feel. Eating a balanced diet will improve your overall health from heart, prevent infections, and improves your mental health. Make sure you eat the right food with the right fats such as olive oil. An example of a healthy diet is a Mediterranean diet which is mostly plant-based with lots of herbs that can reduce depression. Stay dehydrated is also important as it is difficult to concentrate or think without even water and fluids in your body. 

2-        Learn a new skill

Start a new hobby or craft or even learn to play a musical instrument. This will improve your brain function and will keep your mind and body connected and active. Also, you will get to meet new people if you are taking a new class which will improve your social skills and reduce your anxiety. In addition to developing a growth mindset and believing that you can learn anything and achieve your goals. You will also feel empowered by the new knowledge, and you become more exciting. That level of satisfaction and achievement will definitely make you feel less bored and enjoying your day. 

3-        Take a break from electronics 

Nowadays, everyone uses electronics from computers, phones, and TV. Using an electronics screen will affect your health and be linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Excessive use of electronics will cause sleep disorders as the blue light of the device tricks the brain that it is daylight subsequently will make you alert and unable to sleep. Such distribution in your sleep will cause a change in your mood, behaviour and you won’t be able to focus. Set a time for your electronic devices. Try and don’t use your devices first thing when you wake up in the morning. Try reading or exercising instead and that way you are protecting your brain and energy. Then, try not using your devices an hour before bedtime and that you will give your brain the rest it needs, and you will be able to have a good night sleep. 

4-        Volunteer 

Volunteer in your community and do something that you enjoy. When you volunteer in the community you will feel good as you will give something back to the community, you are making a difference in someone else’s life, gain more confidence and self-esteem. In addition to feeling proud and valued as part of the community.  You will be making new friends and meet new people. Additionally, it will help your health as it reduces stress as you will be giving attention to others, this will take your attention off your problems and boredom. you are going to feel more grateful and happy as you are doing something meaningful and great. At the end of the day, you will feel fulfilled and productive.

5-        Go out 

When you feel bored why not put your shoes on and go out for a walk or exercise. Staying indoors for a long time is not healthy. Getting fresh air and going out in nature will improve your health as you will be giving your brain the oxygen it needs to maintain health and function. Going out for a walk and exercising will cause your brain to release endorphins which are neurotransmitter that is responsible for regulating mood. It also has many other good health benefits for example it reduces stress levels, depression as you will feel happier. In addition to mood improvement, it also strengthens your focus. It will also you to think clearly and become more creative and you won’t feel bored.

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