How to Fight Boredom: Five Strategies

Are you bored?


The world is eaten up by boredom.... You can’t see it all at once. It is like dust. You go about and never notice, you breathe it in; you eat and drink it. It is sifted so fine, it doesn’t even grit on your teeth. But stand still for an instant and there it is, coating your face and hands. To shake off this drizzle of ashes you must be forever on the go. And so people are always “on the go.”

GEORGES BERNANOS, The Diary of a Country Priest


Do you often feel tired and listless? Are you having trouble maintaining interest or focusing on things? Do you find your life to be tedious and lacking stimulation? Are you frequently tired, or perhaps you are restless and irritable? These are symptoms of boredom. Before you make an appointment with your doctor to find out why you’re always tired and sluggish, ask yourself this question: “Am I bored?”

If you are bored, you’re certainly not alone. Everyone experiences boredom at one time or another. It has been suggested that more than half the United States work force is bored at or with their jobs. A study of high school students indicated that over 85% were bored with school and homework. Many believe the term “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce is a fancy term for boredom. Whatever the causes, it seems no aspect of our lives is spared from the effects of ennui.

Why do people get bored? There is no single answer to this question. Some believe we have a physical as well as a psychological need for interaction with others, and boredom results when this need is not met. Many are convinced the routines that life imposes on us lack sufficient variety and stimulation to maintain our interest, especially if the patterns remain unchanged for months or years. Some simply feel their activities lack meaning. It is difficult to focus on something pointless. There are as myriad causes for boredom, and the reasons we are bored might be different for each of us.

So, what can we do to combat it?


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Strategies for fighting boredom


It is not necessary to surrender to boredom, and there are ways to fight feeling lethargic and uninterested. Like similar problems, it is first necessary to recognize that boredom is an undesirable state and want to do something about it. If you refuse to accept being bored, you will find ways to combat it. Listed below are several recommendations to help combat boredom.


Disrupt your routines. The most unusual of routines is still a routine. If you are stuck in a rut, interrupt the patterns of your life and find new ways to accomplish things. Shower in the evening instead of the morning. Prepare something for dinner you’ve never tried before, write poetry, enroll in adult education classes, or read a book in a genre you’ve never before considered. The variety will not only invigorate you, it will make your normal activities seem less tedious.

Be curious. Curiosity defeats boredom every time. Explore the latest technologies or develop new hobbies. Create “bucket lists” of things you wish to do and take action; if you are interested in skydiving, jump out of that airplane. Actively listen to others and learn from everyone. The things you will discover from listening will amaze you, and offering another person your attention is a wonderful gift that will always be appreciated.

Be creative. This is the method I most frequently choose to combat boredom. When I am bored, I write or draw. Creating something that did not exist previously engages me on physical, intellectual and emotional levels—it is extremely satisfying. I find it easier to draw than write when boredom sets in, but when I become involved in a drawing or painting, I am immersed in what I am doing. There is no room for boredom in my life when I am active as a writer or artist.

Concentrate on others. It is difficult to feel bored when you are focusing on someone or something outside yourself. Helping others is an outstanding way to shift your attention away from yourself. Working with children, the sick or elderly can be interesting and fulfilling. Many people select jobs or careers that focus on helping others, such as teachers and firefighters. Sending a letter or email to a friend or helping a neighbor rake fallen leaves will add zest to your day and brighten someone else’s, as well.

Search for meaning. Finding purpose in our actions empowers us. Not even the most trivial of tasks will seem boring for long if we recognize their true importance. The search for meaning can be a difficult path that leads in many directions. Some find answers through connecting with family, with friends or with God. Others find purpose in selfless acts, devoting time to public service or charitable works. Embrace the meaning in your life, wherever it may be found.


It's a magical world


Boredom is endemic in our society. We plod through our days at work and mindlessly tend to chores at home. In what remains of our free time we sit in front of a television or computer and experience life vicariously. Why travel to France when we can tune in the Travel Channel or Google it? We don’t even need to wonder what’s for Sunday dinner—it must be beef today because chicken was last week.

It doesn’t have to be this way, however. After all, what we focus upon determines how we feel, and there is far too much to see and experience for anyone to go through life suffering from boredom! Take action now and awaken within yourself the zest for living that you deserve. Have fun—allow yourself to be crazy and unpredictable. Shift your attention from yourself and look for opportunities to give to others. Ask questions and search for meaningful answers. Show a child how to solve a problem or help an elderly man or woman with grocery bags. These experiences will demonstrate the joys and passions life offers to everyone every day. When you realize your passion and share it with others, boredom will be replaced by exaltation and you will be transformed.

Take care and be happy.




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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

How to fight boredom and your five strategies is amazing. I love it! A really fun way to find the inner child giving a rebirth to new ideas and excitement is to play music from the past maybe even dancing around barefoot allowing your innermost dreams of the past to end boredom. I love this hub and your insights are beautiful. Thanks, Love and Peace :) Katie


peacefulparadox 6 years ago

Those symptoms might also sounds similar to symptoms of "burn-out". And if that is the case, then another tip might be to work less. The only problem is that the cost of living is rising too fast and it seems like everyone is struggling and is trying to work more and more just to keep up with the cost of living -- and they don't have enough leisure time.

I did write a hub once about how having enough "leisure time" is one factor is happiness: http://hubpages.com/t/17192c


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Katie, thanks for your kind words. I rely on music a lot to stay in focus, also. I don't (necessarily) dance barefoot, but I do play songs that remind me of ideas or dreams, and the inspiration they bring is a real boost at times. Thanks again for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Peacefulparadox, thanks for reading. Boredom and burnout do indeed share many symptoms, and you are absolutely correct--most people are in too much of a financial bind to slow down. Even the folks that want to slow down can't always do so--businesses are cutting back and asking more from everyone that is left. It is a cycle that has injured us as a society and will continue to do so. Without time for ourselves, we are simply machines working to produce products and services we do not own. It is a tragedy.

Thanks again for offering your insights.

Mike


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Thanks for the excellent article. Living well is becoming increasingly difficult in our society and I agree, peacefulparadox has a good point. I wonder what we would do if at the beginning of 'making a living' it were pointed out to us that we are trading life for money and/or goods. Would we proceed in that direction? But I digress... thanks for the thought-provoking hub :)


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ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

Great hub! I read the title and thought I'm always doing something so I can't be board. After reading I thought the routine and lack of inspirational things that fills most of my day is boring. I will try and change things up a bit!


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original010 6 years ago from Egypt

Good article, some of your points are easy to follow, but others like being creative are not easy when you're bored and feel like doing nothing.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Neither of us is bored - at least not often. We have tried to teach our children to deal with boredom by concentrating on the moment. All to often kids say "I can't wait for tomorrow/next week/my birthday/school holidays/Christmas (pick one or more)". We try to say, think about what is good about right this minute.

This is a good hub and it gives us some new idea.

Thanks - we've rated it up.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

SilverGenes, thanks for stopping by. What we have to do simply to survive is daunting and often overwhelming, and it is unfortunate in so many ways that we live in a society that demands we sell our time and labor without allowing us to keep at least some of what we have produced. This is becoming an increasing problem as the division between the "haves" and the "have-nots" widens. How many of really would be willing to make the sacrifice of selling our labor if we knew from the outset what it entails????

Thanks for stopping by and offering your opinion, and I appreciate the kind words.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ghomefitness, thanks for reading. We can certainly be busy and still be bored, and that's why it is important to recognize boredom when it grabs us. Repetitive and uninspired tasks can certainly lead us down the path of boredom. I hope that whatever fills your day, you are content and happy. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Original010, you are correct in pointing out that sometimes it isn't easy to be creative if you're bored, and I have experienced that myself on occasion. If I can force myself to begin the process, usually my attention eventually focuses on what I am creating, and the boredom fades. It isn't always easy, however....

Thanks for stopping by and offering your insights, I truly appreciate it.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

2Patricias, thanks reading. Your strategy for focusing on the moment is a very good one, particularly when dealing with kids. Kids often find that what they are looking forward to doesn't always meet their expectations, so focusing their attention and the here-and-now is sound advice. I appreciate your stopping by, your recommendations for combating boredom were terrific. Take care.

Mike


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Mike,

It is good to come back to hp and read your work These 5 strategies are excellent! Although it is a rare thing for me to get bored, I find that when I do the creative strategy works well for me.. Funny thing about the 4th one, concentrating on other ...I find that when I quit doing this is when I get bored..

blessings to you!!!

CS


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PurpleOne 6 years ago from Canada

I love the opening quote!


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FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

People depend too much on being entertained rather than using their own imagination to spur them on to creativity. I think your suggestions are great and I will keep them in mind the next time I'm in a slump of restlessness. thanks.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

CS, it's so nice to see you back here! I wondered where you had gone for the last few weeks. I'm glad you're back. Yup, being creative works best for me and, of course, we're never bored when we can focus outside ourselves. Thanks so much for stopping by, it's nice to have you back!

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

PurpleOne, thanks for stopping by. I thought the opening quote was very powerful, as well. I'm glad you appreciated it. Thanks again.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

FloBe, thanks for your comments. I agree, we expect the TV or the Internet or our iPads to entertain us, instead of addressing why we are bored. I'm glad you found something of value here. Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Mike, it is good to be back...feels like coming home..thanks for the open-arm welcome back


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

It is indeed a Magical World Mike, if only we would get curious. I love the strategies listed, particularly no: 4. Thanks


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lyjo 6 years ago

What a great hub, full of great ideas, something we all can do something about....thanks for a great read & reminder. Take care!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Yes, it is a magical world, Mike, and anyone with ingenuity, creativity and intelligence - like yourself - should never be bored. Love the yellow sticky bucket list with Tahiti and pole dancing lessons on the top. Now that's creativity.

Thanks for these appropriate suggestions.


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Hi Mike, i can honestly say that i can't remember the last time i felt bored. In my work i do a lot of brick paving and this type of work is very creative. That's one third of my life covered. The other third i'm asleep and what's left i haven't the time to get bored. You must get a lot of pleasure out of your drawing, I'm ok at technical drawing but child-like free hand. Great hub as always


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I think that creative people are rarely bored and that actually boredom is depression. Most of your suggestions would help depressed people!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I must admit that I suffer from boredom quite often. Sometimes I think such ennui is due to my tendency to live in my head-watching the world rather than being an active participant.

Writing is one way of participating-I need to do much, much more!

Thanks, Mike, for this reminder.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

CS, I'm glad you're back. You were definitely missed.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Elena, thanks for your comments. If we can just get curious about life, we would see how much there is to experience. Also....I think the easiest way to eradicate boredom is to do something for someone else. It is also a way to improve our world. If we can brighten someone else's day, it is awfully difficult to feel bored.

Thanks for your comments. As always, they are greatly appreciated.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lyjo, thanks for reading. I am always glad to learn that someone found something of value in my work. I appreciate your stopping by. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Drbj, the world doesn't need to see me pole dancing, but it's the idea of doing something unique that counts...right? There is so much to experience, and I hope to never suffer from boredom.

Thanks for stopping by...I always enjoy your comments and insights.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Attemptedhumour, thanks for stopping by. So many people suffer from boredom--you are doing a lot of things right if you are not among them. It is admittedly easy to fall prey to boredom, and I applaud you for leading the kind of life that maintains your curiosity and focus. As for me, I do indeed derive great pleasure from writing and drawing. It truly sustains me.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Dolores, I agree that symptoms of boredom and depression are quite similar, and I hope that the suggestions I've listed here help folks, whether the problem is boredom or depression. Thanks for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lorlie, thanks for your comments. I have a tendency to live inside my head somewhat as well, and you're absolutely correct--writing helps! It is a tremendous way to focus and get the brain working. I have been drawing a lot lately to participate in some craft fairs and shows for the holidays, but both writing and drawing are meaningful for me.

Thanks again for your comments, I appreciate your stopping by. Take care.

Mike


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great hub and since coming here I have no time for boredom. I couldn't help smiling as soon as I saw the title. My children learned at a very young age to never say they were bored! Mama could fix that right now! lol

Seriously though I have had a couple of depression bouts but I don't in my life ever remember being bored, honestly. I don't know what that says but now I will have to think about it all day.

Well, up, of course, how does it feel to always be at the top?


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JohnBarret 6 years ago

I never get bored as I have so much to do with the life that I don't have time to be bored. But, this is a great hub and you have well written it.


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

Hi Mike! LOng time no see :) It's always nice seeing you whether on your page or mine :)

What a great topic!!! I usually get bored ALL THE TIME!!!!

But recently I"ve focused on helping my elder parents 77 and 82. Since there' "behaving" LOL I can, and it's great! I"m not bored or lonely. It's awesome :) great hub!! Cheers and God bless :)


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the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

i often find myself too anxious to be bored. My son however, only on this earth for about 2 years with everything new to him is bored to the point of frustration more times than i could ever be. So, i vary his routine every few days and try to give him new experiences. I find it easier to relieve somwone elses boredom than to relieve ones own. lol. why is that?


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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

Of course, men don't get bored. We have a built-in joystick.

Internet Porn: The End to All Boredom

But seriously, interesting article, Mike. Like you, I rely on creativity to keep me from boredom. And it works: I'm never bored.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Polly, thanks for stopping by and I apologize for taking so long to respond. I am usually not bored, and when I do find myself facing boredom I am pretty certain there are other issues to address. I have had depression freeze me into a virtual immobility, and boredom has sprung from that, but under normal circumstances I am rarely bored, and if I am it usually does not last.

I am certain your kids were careful never to say they were bored.... sometimes admitting that can place them in activities they would prefer not to be in.......

Thanks again, I am always appreciative of your comments. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

JohnBarret, thanks for reading. Those who can keep themselves too busy to be bored are usually quite interesting people, and you must be living well to stay so active. Whatever you are doing--don't stop! And, thanks again for reading. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Schoolgirl, thanks for stopping by. I haven't been here as much as I used to be, but I am always glad to connect with folks when I get the chance. It's great that you are spending time helping your parents. When we focus on things outside ourselves, the boredom usually fades. It is also nice to connect with parents when they get old--they are always appreciative.

Thanks for stopping by, I am grateful for your interest in my work. I hope to get a chance to read your own work again soon. Take care and have a great weekend.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Pink Umbrella, thanks for your comments. I have missed seeing you here and reading your own work--I hope you are back for awhile. Many people find it easier to relieve someone else's boredom than their own, but I still believe that when we focus on other people, our own boredom will fade, as well. BTW, I very much understand high anxiety negating feelings of boredom. My own anxieties have affected me similarly. I'm not sure it's a good trade-off, but it does fight off feelings of being bored.

Well, thanks for stopping back by, and welcome back.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Arthur, thanks for stopping by. I also enjoy your comments, and often get a chuckle or two from your responses. I neglected to mention your suggestion for alleviating boredom, but it is certainly valid (lol). Its inclusion in my article probably would have changed its tone somewhat.....

You have a gift for recognizing and appreciating the magic this world offers, and when we can do that, we won't be bored.

Thanks again, and take care.

Mike

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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

Great hub Mike, thanks for the tips. I'll put a few of those on the agenda for 2011 as my creativity gene needs a jolt of electricity.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Jewels, thanks for stopping by. I've been trying to get some art projects done for the holiday season, and pressure is another way to alleviate boredom, although not one I would recommend. The creative juices have been really flowing lately, which has been nice. There has been little time for boredom. I hope your creativity gets the jolt you are looking for-without the stress, of course. Thanks for stopping by.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lorne, thanks for your comments. You are correct, of course; short term boredom is relatively easy to combat. In the long term, meaning and purpose is important to make life the magical event it is meant to be. Our search for meaning can be part of the answer, but ultimately we must find for ourselves what has true meaning.

Thanks again for your comments, and I hope your weekend was a good one. Take care.

Mike


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midnightbliss 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

nice article! at times when i get bored, i just use my creativity making stuff or writing poetry.


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JSAlison 6 years ago

Living with yourself for 16 hours a day can be tedious. I would recommend caring for a two year old or maybe a couple of dogs. You won't have time to be yourself! Service to others (or concentrating on others, as you phrase it) is a great cure for many ills.


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topdentistfinder 6 years ago

Great tips about how to fight boredom. Thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Midnightbliss, thanks for reading. I am like you--I rely on creativity to fight off boredom. When you have a creative outlet, it is usually possible to stay focused on that. Thanks again for reading.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

JSAlison, thanks for stopping by. You are absolutely correct about caring for children and/or pets as a cure for boredom. Children see the wonder of the world, and it is difficult not to see the world through their eyes. And, of course, pets offer unconditional love and an unpredictability that is very engaging.

Focusing on others is indeed a perfect way to combat boredom. Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Topdentistfinder, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you found my article interesting. Take care.

Mike


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fucsia 6 years ago

This page is a really useful! I will save it to read again: I do not get bored, many of the things you have written are also my strategies to not fall into boredom. But in the past has happened, and if it happens again I will read your words! Thanks


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

You give some excellent suggestions, Mike, and I enjoyed your pictures, too. Helen Keller gave similar advice when she wrote, "Live each day as if it were your last."


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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

Hi Mike, I think you hit the nail on the head with all your info and tips. I especially loved the Be Curious and Be Creative.

I am rarely bored...and I cherish some alone quiet time to vegg, think, not think, feel....breathe. Life is a gift and tho sometimes we may not like the "gift" of the moment, it's always of value.

My mother often told me that being "bored" was an internal issue, we just needed to dig deeper within ourselves to find the energy and light. She never accepted boredom as an excuse for doing nothing...she was driving us to fight it, and live with excitement.

I guess it worked, tho I thought she was quirky at the time; I find myself saying to my kids "Boredom is a state of mind...and since it's your mind, you can change it!"

Thanks for taking me down those paths again! Loved this!


KLeichester 6 years ago

Great tips! This should help ease boredom off me. Thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Fucsia, thanks for reading. We all get bored sometimes, but luckily we can combat it. I have been blessed with many interests that keep me from getting too bored, and it sounds as though the same can be said for you. Thanks again for reading, I appreciate your comments.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Mysterylady, thanks for your comments. Helen Keller had it right--if we assume there is no time to waste, we can embrace the beauty and richness that life offers. That offers the opportunity to seek the things that have true meaning for us. When we do this, we will certainly not be bored.

Thanks for your comments. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Marisue, thanks for your wonderful comments. Perhaps your mother was quirky in her own way, but she certainly had it right--and, it sounds as if you benefited greatly from her advice. When we look inside ourselves and see what is there, we can gain the self-awareness to deal with the world in an exciting way. There is so much to see and experience, and your Mom clearly understood this.

Thanks again for your comments and offering your memories. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

KLeichester, thanks for reading. I am glad you found something of value in my work. Stop by any time.

Mike


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow...judging from all the comments...and I read them all...you have hit a nerve with many people. I think that it is quite easy to get in a "rut" and just doing something different can bring excitement and a different focus back into our lives. Your tips are great ones! I especially liked the one about helping others. So much good can come of that for the recipient and the giver as well. Going to tweet this so that others can also read this. Also voting this up and useful. Thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hi, Peggy! Thanks for reading. I agree, it is very easy to get into a rut and many of us do this, perhaps without even realizing it. As far as solutions go, I am a firm believer that if we step outside ourselves and do something nice for someone else, not only does everyone benefit, the boredom will fade.

I appreciate the tweet, and most of all, for your stopping by and reading. Take care.

Mike


hattersmen 6 years ago

I need to admit that there are times i am bored. I walk and walk, i really do not know what to do. Mike,will think about this tips. Thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hattersmen, thanks for reading. Most of us experience periods of boredom. I hope this article proves to be of value to you, and I appreciate your stopping by. Take care.

Mike


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That's the way 5 years ago

I red somewhere (don't remember where exactly) that the most common status on FB in the last year was "Hit me up". People are bored indeed... Thank's for the great tips, I needed something like this! ;)

PS Instead thank me for reading, just go somewhere and do something remarkable that could make your day! :)

God, I hope people understand my English... :)


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

That's the Way, people are indeed bored. The very existence of Facebook is in many ways evidence of mass boredom. I say this even though I use it myself.

Your English is fine, by the way, and I will endeavor to do something remarkable tomorrow if I can.

Mike


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IslandVoice 5 years ago from Hawaii

We are dealing with kids who say they are bored, and i was glad to find your suggestions here on how to deal with the issue. I will be sharing this with their parents. Most useful, thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

IslandVoice, thanks for reading. Kids are especially challenging at times, because they are often ready for something new more frequently than adults. I hope the ideas presented here helps somewhat, and I appreciate your stopping by. Good luck.

Mike


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TruthAwake 5 years ago from The Dirty South

Hmmm...the boredom symptoms presented here have striking similarities to what doctors would diagnose as depression. That' funny. I personally believe that answers to why one feels the way they feel should be sought out thoroughly before claiming depression and dishing out money to greedy pharmaceutical companies to become a pill popper.

I think this article is going to help a lot of people address what's causing them these feelings in a positive, natural way, before resorting to medication that may not be necessary for them in the first place. Great article, thanks for writing. =)


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

TruthAwake, you have hit on a very interesting point. What is so frequently diagnosed as depression and treated with meds might easily be combated by looking within--are we truly depressed, or simply bored? If we change a few things in our life to fight boredom, will we find our depression has vanished?

Of course, there are many people that truly are depressed, and their counseling and/or medication helps them live a more normal and productive life. I find it easy to believe, however, that there are people out there who could benefit from examining positive and natural changes to their lives.

Thanks so much for your comments, I appreciate them a great deal.

Mike


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Sylvia Leong 5 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

Lots of wisdom in this Hub. I really enjoyed it. Thanks!


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thank you, Sylvia. I appreciate your kind words a great deal. Thanks for reading.

Mike


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mathira 4 years ago from chennai

Excellent strategies to fight boredom.


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Mike Lickteig 4 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thanks, Mathira. I appreciate your stopping by. Take care.

Mike


Elliot 4 years ago

thanks. Now I have a whole new view on boredom.


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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Yes, I like your "cures" for boredom rather than just jumping up and doing something rather than just sitting there. It is a complex world, and I love your way of looking at it.

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