How to cure boredom in 10 easy steps

When I saw this request , I thought to myself, I can do that. When I started to think about it , I thought to myself, this isn't as easy as one thinks.

There are many reasons for being bored, the first one is having nothing to do. Having nothing to do! I have been bored and wondered round the house and all those little things , like , that cupboard could do with a paint...........paint is flaking ,better give a touch up........Jack's wardrobe needs a sort out..........that brass clock could do with a clean........excetera excetera excetera..do I do them ,no, why, because I am bored.

I know , I'll do some gardening! better survey the realm first..weeds, yes.......long grass, yes.....peat,yes.......plants, yes....so much to do, do I do them ,no , why, because I am bored.

Ah hah, I will visit my friend, I havn't seen her in a while be good for a catch up, plenty of diesel , that's what I'll do....Upstairs, what shall I wear, I don't know ,can't do that anyway..Why, because I am bored.

Hey! how about a drive, I like to drive, plenty of diesel...look at the weather, raining again, that's not much fun, think I'll give it a miss , why, because I am bored.

I could go on for a very long time, listing things to do, but none of it will help, why, because I am bored.

Boredom ,then, has absolutely nothing to do , with the lack of things to do. Personally, I think it has everything to do with your state of mind.

Personally, I recognize boredom as the onset of an oncoming depression, this of course , is not true for everyone, children get bored for instance but that is easily overcome with the ingenuity of a parent, teenagers get bored, mainly through not having the financial wherewithall to do what they want, nor the age , to realize that not everything depends on money.  Then there are those , that do whatever they want, and still get bored , through not being able to think of anything new to do.

For me, as I said , it's the onset of depression. I am quite lucky really, to be able to recognize this as it saves me weeks of despair.  And, I deal with it , as follows:

I give myself , me time. My work still has to be done and when I get out my tea cup with ,'Time for Me ' written upon it, I am given a wide berth and allowed to find my way back out.  My second port of call is a stop by the sea, here ,I watch the water and drink the air, Time passes and I clear my mind before leaving. The music playing is always Classical , and it plays until I hear the piece that brings the tears, don't ask why ,but it helps.

When I get back home, I have a long soak in the bath and wash away the troubles, the rest of the day I spend doing absolutely nothing, nothing unless I choose to, generally I will even fall asleep, I speak to no-one and am a virtual recluse , but I find it works, could be a day , could be two, but certainly it works and it saves the heartache that could have been.

So, What's the solution to Boredom? Who knows? All I know is that if you are content with whatever you choose to do, and happy..Why be bored?


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Hawkesdream profile image

Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks badcompany99, was definitely harder than I thought.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I myself turn to drugs and alcohol when I'm bored, but I don't suggest it for anyone else, I would recommend getting on hubpages though


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

Drugs and alcohol ARE the reason i am on HubPages!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

sometimes hubpages drives me to drugs and alcohol!


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

It can be a vicious cycle, that is for sure!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

You pair, G.T and Pest, drugs, alchohol and hubpages, If it works for you, go for it.


Iphigenia 7 years ago

Hi Hawkesdream, you tackled a difficult subject here - for me boredom is when I cannot muster up any interest, even in something that usually interest me. All I know it that I need to do something completely different at that point - it usually works.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Think maybe it's a human default, could do with a deeper understanding as to why and how. Maybe I will give some deeper consideration to this matter.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Thanks for answering my request, Hawkesdream. I think you've hit the nail on the head here. Boredom is almost when you have too many things you need to do, but can't get up the motivation to get started and you procrastinate. So you say you are bored and find other things to do but still don't tackle the important things!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Exactly, it's the distraction factor of our lives.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

you got to force yourself to work, take on a project, paint your house, rip up your sidewalk, build a patio... all have helped me with depression


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

thanks Dolores, keeping busy always helps.


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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

I often try to engage myself into something to avoid boredom. When I have now work to do, I just log on to the internet and read hubs or articles on the internet.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Oh yes, I do now, now that I have caught the bug, you do too? isn't it great?


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guidebaba 7 years ago from India

Yes. Cheers !


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hawkesdream, you certainly triggered a response with this hub, I suffer from boredom very regularly but I always work on it and eventually I find a solution, be it only a temporary one.

Wish I had understood such things years ago.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi katyzzz, the more I think about it , the more I believe that boredom is a state of mind , Thanks for dropping in.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Woot great response Hawkesdream...people who get bored need to use their imagination a little more.Heck I am so busy,that it would be nice to get bored occassionally as then it would mean I have absolutely nothing to do looool, fat chance ....xx


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi blondepoet, that's the only advantage, time for yourself, but then you wouldn't know what to do and you would be fed up.


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

Great hub Hawkesdream. I believe you hit the nail on the head too with showing that even when we have plenty to do, repetitiveness and tedium can set in. Maybe that's why hubpages is so exciting. There are so many new topics to check out, interesting new subjects to research and share - it takes us out of "routine".


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

HaHa , you're getting the bug, Sem, lol


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frogdropping 7 years ago

Boredom. A strange aflliction. Well written, difficult subject.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

I found it so, not as easy as I thought. Nice to meet you frogdropping


Person 7 years ago

it is absolutly iritating to have so many things to do and not want to do any of it.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Ain't that the truth , Person.


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Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

Boredom is a natural state of mind for me. But what do I do when I get excited?


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

AH Ha ! wouldn't that be telling


SarahMichelle 7 years ago

I really liked this - I am going through a transition in life and find myself with soooooo much time just waiting. I hate it! And I have major depression - doesn't help that either! Thanks for sharing!


Nisha shan 7 years ago

Loneliness and boredom could easily lead to depression and anxiety. Many may get addicted to alcohol and smoking. This blog is a eye opener for such kind of persons.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Nisha shan, thanks for reading, you are so right. Thanks for the support.


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Madison22 7 years ago from NYC

I agree with dolores, I try to not be bored by taking walks, meeting a friend for coffee, going to a museum or movie, book store, visiting a relative, etc. And than sometimes I just like to sit back, relax watch tv and ok with that too. Thanks!!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Madison, first off, thanks for the e-mail, much appreciated. Relieving boredom is to do something, anything and it will soon lift.


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Aware1 7 years ago

Wow, This is so well written. I agree boredom can be tough to beat, especially if one can easily just keep there nose stuck on the internet...lol. Or maybe that strikes a motivational cord, who knows. I really enjoyed this article and can relate. Thanks for sharing! :)


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you Aware1, glad that you enjoyed, and could relate.


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wsp2469 6 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

What about using your lover's thighs as earmuffs when you're bored? THAT will cure depression, too for a little bit anyway.


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

wsp2469, I think you are missing the point.

Thanks for the idea anyway, I am sure that many here will appreciate it.


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wsp2469 6 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

To tell the truth, I was browsing through the first 25 pages of so-called best hubs. I only stopped to comment on the few that were at least a little bit interesting. So, while I might have been a bit silly with my response you can at least take some comfort in the fact that I found something interesting in your hub, okay?


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

wsp2469, I am sorry, I do appreciate you coming to call and commenting.

Yesterday, my computer was playing silly buggers and the last thought was using my lovers legs as earmuffs..lol

Do hope we cross each others path again.


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Jess Killmenow 6 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

I'm sorry I missed this one before. Personally I write a poem when I start feeling down, or maybe I write a story or something making fun of my situation. When I was a kid I used to go down by Lake Superior and listen to the waves. Thank you, Hawkesdream!


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi Jess, the sea is a great place, listening to the water and the smell of the air is rivaled by none.

Thanks for popping by


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Allison, you are right on target with this one. There is always something to do. Boredom = depression. I think in young children, boredom goes with watching to much TV and being to involved with electronic screenage.


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you Dolores, sometimes I hit the target lol. I agree about the children too, it seems than many just don't know how to play.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

That's sad. Thank heavens I didn't hear a lot of that from my kids. On the rare occasion they were bored, I would just give them a job to do!


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Sexy jonty 6 years ago from India

Thanks Hawkesdream .....

boredom leads to low out the confidence ....

sometimes habit of unwillingness also leads to boredom ....


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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

You are correct sexyjonty, try using to your advantage, have some thought time,it will then cease to be boredom and become a positive move.


Randomness 6 years ago

I find that i've had a low confidence for a while, an being bored all the time just isn't helping, an its also making me get irritated by slight things, but its all just a lack of motivation, usualy helps to have friends come round or to see them but they're usualy busy with work or college.


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Madison22 6 years ago from NYC

Hey Hawkesdream, I also always find there is something to do. No such thing as boredom in my list because as mentioned it can surely lead to depression and that is one thing I can't afford. Awesome hub!! Thank you!!

Madison


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GiftedGrandma 6 years ago from USA

I am constantly hearing that from my grandchildren on their FB. They really don't like suggestiong :O) Me when I think I'm bored, computer here I come... my mind is always busy during every waking hour and I love to watch birds, squirrels and cats from my windows.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida

Yes, well spotted... in my experience, many depressed people are bored. There is a feeling of overwhelm in the demand of things to do, combined with a guilt over the non-action that causes an inner stalemate. This conflict is a sure sign there is underlying depression. As you stated, its important to be kind to oneself, (despite the guilt and oftentimes, self-loathing). Although I have found that people who are bored, can't or won't do things that will make them feel better and dig the hole deeper. I think reading hubs like this one, help 'bored and depressed' people understand the condition and helps them to learn self-compassion and self-care without paying heed to the internal negative dialogue. Your hub helps 'catch' the symptom we call 'bored' before it becomes full-blown depression.


Anonymous Youngster 6 years ago

Neat...I've been bored lately myself, But I'm not depressed lol. Well I'm doing something from August 20th to August 22, Celebrate Dad's birthday at the festival, Watch Pirahna 3D (Oooh!) And go to one of my bud's 4th b-days! WOOT!


anony 5 years ago

hi im bored all the time got lots to do but just cant be bothered doing them help me


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Hawkesdream 5 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi anonymous, if you would like to contact me, I will do my best to help


anony 5 years ago

thanks hawkesdream its affecting my marriage cause i leave the housework and sometimes lose my temper with my daughter


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Hawkesdream 5 years ago from Cornwall Author

Your housework can wait, just do little things at a time, if your husband gets annoyed, just tell him that you wont stand in his way if he wants to help.

Losing your temper with your daughter is not acceptable, she is not to blame, nor will she understand. Spend time doing fun stuff with her, she can help you to be happy.


anony 5 years ago

thankyou hawkesdream


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Hawkesdream 5 years ago from Cornwall Author

You are welcome


anon 5 years ago

im isolated in the country with no transport and suffer depresion how do i deal with this


madam 5 years ago

boredom certainly is a roadblock sometimes,but i certainly disagree that a person should turn to stuff like drugs n alcohol, they r bad. N bad stuff can never yield good results.Just a sincere advice, my job is done.


Mummy21 5 years ago

Ive been diagnosed with depression and can really relate to this 'boredom' topic which I think is quite obvious as I am reading all these comments.

It is almost comforting to see i'm not the only one going through this although I do not wish it upon anyone.

I myself have a small toddler and a puppy, the puppy is what i've recently bought as my partner works nights so I feel very lonely and thought he would perhaps bring me some company. This hasn't worked yet but im sticking with it.

I have also started smoking again after I had quit for 3 and a half years.

None of which has helped to date but this boredom thing is driving me insane. All my friends and family that I seem to be close too also have families of their own so visitors in the evening are very far and few between which is obviously unfair.

I have been at the in laws house until gone 2200 at night with my little girl of 19 months just to avoid going home. On the other hand I feel so awfull that im keeping her up but I feel sometimes I have to for my own sanity. Those of you with young families yourself probably understand money is always on issue and creating your own fun these days seems so hard.

I want the best for my little girl she is my whole world and I try so hard but sometimes I just don't feel like im good enough on times because I have no motivation when she should have 100% of my attention.

Sorry to write an essay but it feels quite good to be able to get all this down :)

Thanks xx


akri 5 years ago

Mummy21..there are online places that u can go to for help with depression if you want to remain anonymous..you shouldn't suffer alone..try to reach out to your family members or friends..i know sometimes it's not easy to reach out to people and tell them how you're feeling..but if they love you and they're true friends they should be there for you..hope you come out of this soon so you can enjoy your little girl..life is precious and short..good luck to ya.


garry 4 years ago

if your no money to drive anyware or decorate and don't no anyone then what ?


Im not giving you my name. 4 years ago

pretend you have super-powers and try them out,

always works for me.


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall Author

If you are in the position where your scenario is a reality. I would have a long soak in the bath and take myself to bed. Sleep will bring a new time and the emotions that you are experiencing will be lessened. Awake to a new frame of mind.


james D. Smith 4 years ago

I found this to be a good article but I have yet to test it but since I live in the tiny useless town in Iowa I can not stay interested in anything and I have no sea to look at or things to enjoy or money to go places to becomes less bored.


Marcus 4 years ago

One thing that I believe is really good to do to change your boredom is to read books. Just start reading and keep reading. Not only will you become smarter but you will travel all over the place. I have been reading The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien and I have traveled miles upon miles in my mind and seen all sorts of woods, rivers, mountains, caves, etc.

Another suggestion that I would give you is to try self-talk as well. A good book I would suggest is "What to say when you talk to yourself" By Shad Helmstetter.


Natalie 4 years ago

Mummy21...I'm not sure if this will help, but I think boredom is the result of a natural human survival mechanism. I think historically, people who were constantly working hard and striving to achieve new goals, were probably more successful at keeping themselves and their families alive. Nowadays, we don't need to spend every minute worrying about staying alive. We have extra time and a lot of extra energy available for whatever may interest us. This has allowed us to evolve emotionally and intellectually to the point where just surviving isn't enough to fulfill us. At times I think we all feel a sort of "void" or "emptiness". Its just that innate hunger in us to fill up our time in a meaningful way. Cleaning the house just doesn't cut it sometimes. Even spending time with our children can feel monotonous and insignificant. This doesn't make you a bad mom, it makes you "normal". The boredom and hunger for meaning can definitely lead to depression and a desire to fill the void with something. Some people try to fill the hole with overindulgence in unhealthy things: drugs, alcohol, food, smoking, sex, etc. and others try to fill it with positive things: art, music, hobbies, projects, social activities, spiritual pursuits. Sometimes we try to fill it with changes to our lives: a new house, new job, baby, new car, new relationship etc. I have tried a few things in each category. But recently I have found that if I am aware that boredom is normal and natural, it is less depressing. If I sit by myself and think of everything I have to be thankful for in my life, cry over every nameless desire I can't quite put my finger on, and then find peace in the knowledge that this suffering is the human condition, I don't feel so alone, even when I am by myself. And I truly do think that ultimately the struggle makes us better, stronger, more compassionate people.


person2 4 years ago

i so agree with you person i felt like that after i watched that new disney channel movie let it shine it irratated me after words because there were so many stuff to do but i didn't want to do anything but i still wanted to do something ugh i was so irratated that night i cryed


susan.villaroman 4 years ago

i believe that the modern age causes us to be easily bored. nothing is exciting to seek anymore. everything is under our fingertips.


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall Author

Ah, Susan. Thanks for making a comment.

Your statement, as I read it, makes the assumption that everyone has everything. I am sure that that was not your intention.

Yes I do agree that most things in life are attainable, but not everything is at our fingertips. Do you not think that the excitement comes with the search and the goal of obtaining what we want?


Dedfromtheneckup 4 years ago

Sitting here thinking how bored I was and found this and you're absolutely right. It's not the want of something to do - not even the want of something meaningful to do (I have goals that I'm deeply committed to), it's that I'm just too damn depressed to want to do anything. So now I have to go back to wondering how to get un-depressed (after 30 years and counting). The problem I have with 'me time' is that I wouldn't know what to do with it. Just sit on a sofa and stare at a wall. I may have to learn to enjoy being depressed. If life gives you depression, make ...um, any suggestions?


Dedfromtheneckup 4 years ago

Afterthought: One thing that I do live by is to try to carry on and do what needs doing despite the depression as often as you can. I tell myself, 'You can sit here doing nothing and feel depressed, or you can paint the fence and feel depressed'. Sort of 'Feel the apathy and do it anyway'.


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall Author

What you tell yourself is correct, though sometimes it is easier said than done, isn't it?

I find that once the initial wave of depression has subsided, I need to clear out everything. What I mean is, evrything has to be in it's place and in order. Only then do I start to lift out of it and live life to the full whilst I can.

I do not take medication, I did once and that made it worse, so now I don't. I find that recognizing at the outset and commencing the clearout can avoid the deep depression.


hello3 3 years ago

my favorite thing is to play checkers or something


Flight 3 years ago

I stay home alone a lot + the shops are a fair way away. I deal with boredom a lot. Simply, it's horribly irritating. I go online, but then give up, surf youtube, check facebook, look around, go outside, but it's incredibly irritating because nothing relieves my boredom. Also, I have a project (a mermaid tail) that I am working on, but I can't sew it up - which is the final step - because I don't have a sewing machine and I am not very good at sewing. I need to take it to a tailors but I can't because my parents always have the car for work, and when the come home, they're always too tired or it's too late. On the weekend they just don't bother and get angry at me when I mention it, because I'm too young for a licence and I really want them to take me. That plus the fact I'm already bored drives me insane. Basically, what you need to do to cure boredom is to do something new.


Ana Velez 3 years ago

Thanks for this article, I have to come to realization I suffered from boredom but with it comes depression..it all stems from my past which still trying to overcome and not feeling fulfill in life (feels more like an early head start of midlife crisis)...everything from marriage, kids and career....but I must press on and keep moving..and I do too used alcohol as an escape but can't be like that all the time


Henry 3 years ago

I'm so depressed I can't be bothered doing anything. My work is slipping, my fiancé is getting frustrated by me and can't understand that I'm bored because there is nothing that I enjoy doing, not because there is nothing to do. The only thing that relieves it is weed but that in the long term makes it worse. I might start taking serotonin tablets and see if that helps. Anyone got an idea if they work or if they are bad?


Alex 3 years ago

I disagree completely, in my case anyway.

At the moment I work 8:30-5:00, home at 5:30, gym for 1hr then eat. Im done for the day by 7:00/7:30.....I don't/cant sleep till 11:30 so have 4 hours every weeknight with nothing to do, and I mean nothing but the internet or TV...which is good from time to time but overall boring.

Cleaning the house gets done-as-I-go, plus its a share house so we chip in. I do my washing once a week, which takes very little time anyway so there isn't even stuff around the house to be 'getting on with'.

I don't have many friends (I didn't grow up in this city), and the ones I do have I mainly see at the weekends.

Talking of which, Im even bored most weekends too. The only thing I seem to enjoy is going out drinking with friends Fri/Sat nights. I will often go for a walk, go eat, coffee or all three during the day, but again, this is all wrapped up by midday and im left with nothing to do again for the rest of the day.

Yes there may be reading, TV & the internet to 'pass time' but this doesn't mean im not bored.

And im not depressed. Not at all. Maybe a little sad that im always bored but that's different.


failure to answer 3 years ago

... yea very helpful... NOT!!! i need a answer! how to cure boredem!!!


Joshua DURRRRMEAAANNNN 2 years ago

Hi

Im bored..

So YA!!! *~*

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