It is understandable that our life can’t be like Sherlock Holmes; a new adventure every day. Unfortunately, boredom resides just next door to us and can come into our life without knocking. In an era where life’s dullness can be crushed by binge-watching a Netflix series or playing Fortnight, it is surprising that many people are still bored with life.
A review of the wrong habits in their routine can tell us why boredom is conquering their world and how they can get rid of it.
⦿ Bored? Get rid of these habits ⦿
The following practices are red flag indicators, if you have them in your life it is best to get rid of them. Of course, it won’t be possible in a single go but perseverance is the key!
1. Delaying tasks
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One of the root causes of feeling bored is procrastinating tasks. If you continue doing so you elongate the monotony of your day and a static day is a boring, dull day. When you have nothing to do on hand and you keep yourself inside your self-made cocoon then you have nothing to engage with.
Work keeps us busy and sidelines all irrelevant thoughts and anxiety. Plus it is a brain exercise and sharpens the mind when you do creative stuff. Now you might argue that your work is not interesting, but the more you incline your mind to do it, the less disturbing thoughts will interrupt you.
A quick reminder, if you feel like quitting, think about why you started in the first place. So if you have to make a presentation, complete homework, or write a book report it is better to do it now.
2. Avoiding new people
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It is impossible for objects to keep you content for long. Human beings crave the company of their fellow beings, even if they do not admit it. If you are anti-social and spend less time with family members it can lead to a boring life.
I am not saying it is bad enjoying your own company but it is also unwise to continue doing so. Laying on the couch all day makes you miss the opportunity to meet new people and hear their stories, experiences and connect with their culture. You may say that I do have a bunch of friends. Fair enough, but meeting the same people over and over is like playing a video repeatedly.
Moreover, avoiding new people in workplaces, parties or any other event reduces your ability to deal with a diverse range of human beings. Of course, one day won’t make a drastic change but regularly excusing from social gatherings can affect your life.
3. Wearing pajamas all-day
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The psychology behind not changing clothes is that it is pointless to do it. What many people may consider as an insignificant thing can really mess up your mental cycle and professional life. According to Dr. Dragonette, a psychologist, wearing PJs all day can make your brain lazy.
It limits your mind’s ability to distinguish between sleep time and work time since the brain associates pajamas with relaxation. Especially if you work from home, it is equally important to maintain a work-like environment so your unconsciousness can prepare you for an active, blissful day.
But if you spend a major chunk of your day wearing your nightclothes, it lowers your self-esteem and motivation needed to break your boring life cycle and start a more healthy, colorful chapter in your life.
4. Repeating routine
Would you use a tried and tested spaghetti recipe that didn’t turn out well? The answer is no. Why would do you do the same with your life? It is truly pointless to repeat the routine that constantly disappoints you in the end and you feel no betterment in your personal life.
If you continue waking up late and going to bed late for the whole week, there will be zero difference between yesterday and today. You feel useless and end up guilty of deliberately screwing events in your life. It is better to craft out a plan, possibly a to-do list, and focus on how to follow it the rest of the week.
Slowly, you start to gather interest in things and feel joy in being able to break the same cycle. Figure out what needs to be done immediately and what tasks can wait. Moving on with the world is the best way to curb boredom in life. A successful routine does not entirely drain your energy and leaves much space for entertainment too.
5. Escaping responsibility
The idea of being free like a bird is not true freedom. It is because you failed to force your inner self to accept responsibilities and be more productive. True freedom means having control of your life i-e setting things in order the way you always wanted. Avoiding responsibilities is like refusing to put your capabilities to the test.
Your skills, mastery, and creativity go waste and this leads to inner resentment and anger directed towards your own self. Individuals with no responsibilities have a boring life because they are missing chances of learning new things and new adventures. Now, responsibilities can differ with age group, gender, and career.
Before someone else comes and guides you on what to do, recognize what needs to be done yourself. It can be as small as arranging your drawer, or cleaning your stationery pouch, etc. Gradually you can advance towards higher goals and deal with more complex issues.
6. Staying in
Shutting yourself in is a free ticket to negative feelings entering your soul. An extended period of living alone inside can bore you of your surroundings. A time will come when you will feel restless and your anxiety level will rise. If this is not enough to convince you, consider the negative impact on your health.
Staying indoors limits your exposure to sunlight. It is bad since sunlight elevates mood, is a source of vitamin D, and regulates your body’s internal clock (circadian cycle). Once the internal clock is not set, your routine is not proper. A messed-up routine triggers irritation and you no longer like having fun in living your life.
Staying alone indoors creates feelings of lack of control over your life and reduces overall happiness. Most people like to kill time by indulging in video games or other screen-based activities. This further distances them from their friends and family and lose precious moments of togetherness and joy.
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Overeating is a problem that individuals with a fun life also suffer from. Interestingly, people use eating as a remedy to get rid of depression, boredom, stress, and anxiety.
Boredom eating is considered normal to some extent but becomes dangerous when you make eating your only solution for a boring life. It is okay to treat yourself with delicious cookies on some days but if you overindulge in pleasure eating, it initiates a feedback mechanism.
By that I mean the next time, you feel sad or bore you are going to eat more and more and the cycle continues. In most cases, eating too much leads to weight gain and thus creates negative body image issues for the person.
Not feeling good about your body is a pathway to depression and giving up life. Eating disorders also encourage a sedentary lifestyle, making you shut yourself inside with a packet of chips and movies.
8. Being pretentious
People with boring life try to trick themselves into thinking that they are being independent and they do not need a friend or family member to make them happy. Inside they are depressed and done with life and they unconsciously need human intervention to help them.
When you bottle your emotions inside in an attempt to look unconcerned, you are doing a disservice to your mental health. This may lead to other unhealthy behaviors that are may upset people (especially your partner) around you.
So your emotions have a way of showing themselves in other forms like fear, obsessions, insomnia, and the inability to enjoy and live a relaxing life. Now you might have guessed the outcome, if someone does not feel the joy of life, inevitably they are bored with life and their own being.
A good standard or practice is to express your emotions in a sane manner (when needed) and…