Mom I'm Bored-- boredom causes and what we can do about it

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What causes boredom?

Boredom causes--according to health professionals--are varied and somewhat elusive. To get to the cure for any problem, it's important, however, to understand the cause--at least as much as we can.

What parent hasn't heard, "I'm bored."

In my house growing up, saying, "I'm bored," was a sure-fire way to get a list of chores to do. I learned not to verbalize my boredom because the solution often meant a day of picking weeds and cleaning my room.

Psychology suggests boredom comes from a lack of awareness of stimulating things to do, and a lack of motivation coming from within when we have a choice to do something about being bored.

Eating and Boredom

One of my favorite scenes of actor Jim Carrey is a scene from the Grinch. Laying in a recliner isolated and alone, he chews on a glass bottle, asking himself, "Am I eating because I'm bored?"

How many times have you grabbed a snack because you were bored? I know that is one of my eating challenges. I notice this is especially true when I'm driving on a long stretch of road where there is little to see. It is the lack of stimulation that causes my boredom.

That's why diet experts tell clients to get up and get moving instead of eating. It helps to stimulate the brain.

Boredom Busters for younger kids

Boredom and Depression

Because we lack motivation to "do something" or we simply don't know what to do to--boredom and depression can go hand in hand. One of the key symptoms of depression is a lack of motivation.

If you find yourself bored, maybe what's really happening is depression. We all get depressed at some point. I think we are afraid to verbalize it, however, because mental illness is still such a taboo in our society.

Still, if we want to cure something, we have to identify it. If you are bored, you may be depressed.

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Kids and Boredom

When a child can't exercise his independence, and at the same time can't physically leave a situation, he might disengage--mentally--by being bored.

For instance:

  • Kids sit sullen on a couch at a family function, not participating in the conversation.
  • Kids sit in the back seat of a car asking over and over, "are we there yet?"
  • Kids sit in a social setting such as church and squirm, fidget, and sigh. Often ending up doing something annoying like making farting sounds or flicking the person next to them.

What to do if you are bored

Bored of Boredom

Kids get bored. Parents get bored. We are bored of boredom! What can we do? What are some "Boredom Busters"?

Firrst assess the situation: Ask yourself, "Why am I bored?"

  • Are you bored because you are depressed?
  • Are you bored because there is no way out of the current situation?
  • Are you bored because the current circumstance lacks stimulation?

Stop Boredom

To stop boredom, we need to be stimulated by something. Make a list of all the things that excite you and your kids. What do you like to do? What kinds of activities engage your senses? These are the things to focus on when you are bored.

If you make a list ahead of time, the next time boredom strikes, you will know what to do. You can choose healthy things that energize you, rather than eating because you're bored for instance.

For kids, it is easier than it used to be to stop boredom. Just flip on the DVD, computer, or GameBoy. This usually stops boredom. Unfortunately, this leads to a whole new problem of kids craving external stimulation causing their internal motivation skills to grow under developed. But that is a topic for another time.


What Bores Me the Most

When do you find yourself the most bored?

  • At work
  • At school
  • At church
  • When I am driving
  • When I am alone
  • When I am home on weekends
  • When I am with my spouse or significant other
  • When I am visiting relatives
  • When I am broke and can't go anywhere
  • When I am with my kids
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How do you stop boredom?

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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Sometimes when I am bored, I talk a quick walk outside, even if it is just around my yard. Nature is very rejuvenating! Great Hub. I voted UP, awesome!

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bayareagreatthing 4 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks CS for the vote up. I think any different view coupled with a raise in your heart rate can help. Thanks for taking time to stop by.

LuvableSweetheart 4 years ago

I always find something to do, reading God's Word, praying, writing, reading, finding info you never knew about or writing for a new hub, make a blog, being creative :)

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