[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ven though some people say that only boring people get bored, we can all find ourselves not enjoying life. It might be that we’re doing something that we don’t like doing, or it could be a case of not knowing what to do. It’s not that hard to think of activities like “go outside” or “read a book.” But sometimes, when you’re bored, nothing appeals to you. It can be more about the mood you’re in than what there is to do, but you need to find the right thing to do to get you out of it. Whether you’re stuck doing a boring activity, or you’re sitting around not doing much, you can overcome the boredom and be in a better mood.
Actively Engage with What You’re Doing
Sometimes, you can’t get away from doing something extremely dull. Perhaps it’s a business meeting that you’re required to attend. The content of it may be boring, but you can’t just get up and walk out. You won’t be able to turn it into an exciting event. But you can at least stop yourself falling asleep from boredom. The best thing to do is to try and tune in to what’s happening. It might not be very thrilling, but you probably need it for your job. So pay attention and take notes. If you’re certain it’s not relevant to you, try to do something else productive. Or, failing that, just doodle discretely in your notepad.
Read Random Facts and Trivia
If you’ve got a bit more freedom, you can choose something that you want to do. Sometimes that might be something strenuous, or it might not take much effort. Do you know one of those people who always seems to be full of random facts? It’s partly because they have a good memory for trivia. But it’s also because they hear and read interesting facts in the first place. If you’ve got some time on your hands, you could spend it clicking from page to page on the internet. Read about anything from intriguing events in history to celebrity statistics. You could take a team to victory at your next local quiz night! This kind of activity is ideal for when you’re waiting for something, like a bus or a meeting.
Get a Change of Perspective
The worst thing you can do when you’re bored is to sit around doing nothing. You’ll only get more bored and feel less like moving. Instead of staring at the walls of your house, get outside and find something to do. You don’t have to meet up with anyone, although you might find it fun to do so. It can be just as enjoyable to spend some time on your own. Take a walk, drop into your favorite cafe for a coffee or sit in your local park. If you’re stuck at home, maybe because of the weather, even going into a different room can help you.
Pick Up a Lapsed Hobby
Everyone has things they started doing but didn’t continue pursuing. Perhaps you didn’t enjoy it as much as you thought you would or you didn’t have time. Consider the things you have bought to entertain yourself and pick them up again. Maybe you bought a guitar, but you’ve barely tried to play it. Or you haven’t had time to do any knitting recently. Sometimes these things might not sound appealing when you’re bored. Everything you think of sounds boring because the frame of mind you’re in. But if you force yourself to start doing something, you can begin to get into it.
Do Something Childish
Getting in touch with your inner child can be a great way to relieve boredom. Sometimes you’re bored with life altogether and being silly can help you forget your adult responsibilities for a bit. You could do something on your own or rope some friends in to have fun together. A lot of adults avoid doing arts and crafts because they think they’re not very good. But when you’re a child, it doesn’t matter if you’re good or not. Forget about making something impressive and just have fun with some paper and some paints or pencils. You could even print out some coloring pages or use a paint-by-numbers set. If your friends are around, get out some water pistols or other fun toys you play around with.
Even adults get bored sometimes, and you need some help to get you out of your mood. Fortunately, it’s not hard to come up with things to distract you.