boredom is part of your emotional cycle. everybody gets bored. but no one wants to be bored. we all like to be entertained. 21st century is for entertainment, entertainment and entertainment. but still despite having so many interesting options we get bored.
getting bored once in a while is natural. but how you deal with boredom and use it creatively for your transformation depends upon you. your response to boredom depends upon your intelligence.
boredom simply means that you don’t want to do what you are doing. you want a change, a fresh perspective towards things or a break from your routine. boredom always carries a message for you but most people fail to see it.
there are two types of boredom:
1. one is natural boredom which is part of your emotional cycle. it comes to everybody. no matter who you are, what you do or what you don’t do. it does not matter how many interesting options you have to spend time. some amount of boredom will always come in your life every few days. just as anger, love, excitement, hope, frustration, irritation are part of your moods. so is boredom. if you don’t accept it then you are missing something. remember, you are a human being and you have a heart. boredom is one of the emotion of your heart. don’t run away from it as it may have a purpose in your life.
2. boredom created by your lifestyle – this happens when you are not creative in your life. when you don’t have any hobby or you are not listening to your inner voice and doing something which is against your natural flow of energies. it can also happen when you are giving more importance to earning money and fame than in doing what you like doing. boredom also comes when your work is more about efficiency than creativity. your work is regular, monotonous or repetitive and does not have much scope of creativity.
in this post, we will be dealing with second type of boredom which happens because of your lifestyle. you can definitely do something about this boredom as you are indirectly creating it.
how to deal with boredom:
1. don’t run away from it – most people don’t want to face boredom. they try to run away from it by watching cinema, reading books, going out with friends or any other distraction. it does not help. because what it does is that you simply suppress or ignore the boredom. this way you miss learning the insights which boredom brings with it.
2. accept boredom and learn from it – when you accept any issue then the whole quality of your energy changes. because now you don’t waste energy in fighting with the issue. so you have extra energy and you can have a fresh look at the issue. so acceptance helps a lot. you become at ease and are ready to learn.
when you face boredom with acceptance of it, then in that inner calm state you can listen to signals which your soul is sending to you. you become open to the voice of your soul. you may get courage to change your lifestyle. many things are possible. give it a try.
3. when bored then spend time with yourself – most people ‘go out‘ when bored. i suggest ‘go in‘. its a good time to be with yourself. when i am bored then i like to go out for a walk or spend time in a garden or doing meditation. it helps and many times i get lot of insights. spending time in nature is also a wonderful idea. remember, every emotion has a certain amount of energy. so when you are bored then you have to use the energy of boredom meaningfully. most people dissipate this energy in cinema or in friends or in shopping. but it does not add any meaning in your life. according to me, when you are bored then either be with yourself or with nature. you can spend time in gardening, going for a walk in a beach or in a park, looking at the birds or at the play of nature.
4. analyze your lifestyle – when you are bored then look at your life and see where you are going in life. are you living a meaningful life? do you need to get more creative and meditative in life. do you need a change in your lifestyle. boredom will indicate some pointers towards your faulty lifestyle. it will indicate some changes which you should make in your life. but it can only happen when you accept boredom and ready to learn from it. so be ready to face your boredom with a deep acceptance. boredom will point out where you are going wrong and what steps you should take.