10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Health When You Are Bored
Nothing to do? Instead of staring at the wall, chose one of the following 10 things that could change your boredom into improving your health!
- Exercise: We have all heard preaching about how important exercise is for you, and it truly is!! Even just minutes of exercise each day can make a huge difference in your health, allowing you to live a much fuller (longer!) and more satisfied life. Exercise reduces your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It also reduces your risk of depression and helps with weight control. So if you are feeling bored, take the opportunity to get a little more fit. Exercise does not have to be long; take a short walk, enjoy a 5 minute bike ride, or do jumping jacks during TV commercials. Exercise does not have to be at gym, either; hike with some friends, play basketball with your kids, or walk around the mall.
- Deep Breathing/Meditation: Breathing deep and/or the art of meditation offers many benefits to your health. It can help you achieve emotional balance, while increasing both immunity and fertility. Perhaps it's most effective health benefit is how much meditation can relax you. If you have nothing to do, close your eyes and take a few moments to transform your breathing. Those few moments may end up giving you a new outlook for the rest of your day.
- Drink Water: Most people do not drink enough water. Being dehydrated can lead to feelings commonly mistaken as hunger, leading people to eat more than necessary. Drinking the right amount of water has many health benefits. It can help you lose weight, improve your skin condition, cure a headache, and reduce fatigue. So if you have nothing to do, reach for a glass and guzzle up!
- Read: Reading is one of my favorite pass times, but one that is easy for people to forget about. There are many health benefits to reading. Aside from making you smarter (yes, it really does!!), it can improve your memory, your vocabulary, and your writing skills. It also is proven to help relax you. If you have a few spare minutes, pick up a book, and lose yourself in the story.
- Give Someone A Compliment: Most people are not happy when they are bored, thus their moods suffer. Next time you have nothing to do, try giving someone a compliment. If you are not around another person, give a phone call to a friend or family member to say something nice to them. Complimenting someone releases endorphins in your body. Endorphins are called "feel good hormones," because upon their release, you begin to feel warm and fuzzy. Complimenting someone will also make another person feel good, thus a win-win situation!!
- Clean Up: While cleaning is rarely at the top of anyone's "love to do" list, if you are bored, it may be a great time to tackle some of your cleaning list, and relish in the health benefits while you do it!! Not only does the act of cleaning burn calories, but it has been found to reduce injuries (by un-cluttering spaces!), discourages pests from making a home in your space, prevents mold from growing, improves your mental state, lowers stress, and reduces allergens.
- Take A Nap: If you find yourself with nothing to do, it might be a great time to catch up on some zzzzzz's. There are many known benefits to getting sleep; such as improving memory, encouraging creativity, prolonging your life, increasing attentiveness, improving athletic ability, assisting with weight maintenance, reducing stress, and lowering your risk of depression.
- Cut Up Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Many people blame their poor diets or eating habits of lack of better options. If you find yourself with nothing to do, take the opportunity to cut up some fresh fruits and vegetables so you will have them on hand to snack later. Eating the appropriate amount of fruits and vegetables can lower your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It can also help you control your weight and boost your energy level.
- Go Outside: If you have nothing to do, and weather permits, it may be a great chance to get outside. Being outside can have many health benefits. Lots of people are vitamin D deficient without even knowing it. Vitamin D is needed to prevent certain kinds of cancer and illnesses in your body. Being in the sunlight for just a few minutes can greatly increase your body's vitamin D absorption. Being outside at all times of the year communicates signals to your brain, which can help reset circadian rhythms (a natural 24 hour cycle). It can also balances hormones and aid in weight loss. Forest and green areas outside have been found to reduce both fatigue and stress in people, so take a few minutes and head to the great outdoors!!
- Schedule/Go To Important Appointments: Many people find excuses to not visit the doctor each year, when in reality, there are many appointments you should not skip! Every person should be seeing a dentist on a regular basis. Women should have a pap exam annually. Children (and adults!) should have a regular physical, as well as an eye exam each year. If you have some down time, it can greatly improve your health to take time to schedule or go to these appointments.