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Answers for "I'm bored!"
Answers for "I'm bored!"
With summer vacation around the corner, what are some solutions for the moans of “I’m bored”? Do we need to be active constantly? What about this notion of mindfulness that is circulating social media? Can we teach “mindfulness”? Some people come to this naturally and intuitively.
Mindfulness and boredom are two distinct mental states with different characteristics and effects.
Mindfulness is being fully present and engaged in the present moment. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve focus, and increase self-awareness.
On the other hand, boredom is a feeling of dissatisfaction or disinterest that arises when one feels unengaged or unstimulated. Boredom can result from a lack of stimulation, a feeling of meaninglessness or purposelessness, or a lack of motivation or interest in activities. It can lead to restlessness, apathy, frustration or sadness.
While mindfulness involves actively engaging with the present moment, boredom involves a disconnection from the present and a desire for something more stimulating or meaningful.
Mindfulness can be a way to counteract boredom by bringing attention to the present moment and finding meaning and purpose in everyday experiences.
Some ideas for practicing mindfulness:
Sit quietly and focus on your breath.
Observe your thoughts without judgment.
Practice mindful eating, savor each bite, think about the flavors, textures, and smells.
Smell a flower, listen to music, or photograph interesting things around you.
Take a mindful walk and observe the world around you without judging.
Practice gratitude by listing things you are thankful for.
Practice being kind to yourself.
Engage in creativity like drawing, writing, or playing music.
Practice meditation by sending positive thoughts to yourself and others.
Or, combat boredom with:
Drawing, painting, or writing.
Learn a new skill like cooking, playing an instrument, or coding.
Read a book, try some brain teasers, or binge-watch a TV show.
Go for a walk or exercise.
Call or message a friend or family member.
Enjoy some gardening or baking.
Organize your space and de-clutter your belongings.
Listen to a podcast or audiobook.
Play a board game or video game.
Volunteer for a cause you care about.
Explore a new place in your town.
Take a nap.
Plan a trip.
Learn a new language or a new subject.
Write in a journal or start a blog.
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Publisher: MathMedia Educational Software, Inc.
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