It happens to all of us at some point. There we are sitting around, staring out the window, wondering what the heck to do with our time. For me, I like to get outside and at least get some fresh air. There are many ways to be productive while not over-exerting yourself if you’re looking for some type of mellow activity.
This morning I went out and got a hair cut, which is not something I recommend doing. My hair needed a trim that’s for sure, but the lady chopped about othree inches off my ends and for a second, I was a bit down about it.
Once I got home, I decided to go down to the pool and read while soaking up the sun. This was a great idea because I was in much need of some warmth and sunlight.
Being bored is a mindset and it happens to some people more often than others. Being bored doesn’t mean you are boring. It just means you’re experiencing moments of dullness and low excitement, but also a desire to do something but whatever it is feels out of reach.
While I sit here and write this, I think about how I was feeling bored just a little bit ago, but I got myself up and outside. I got out my notebook and started writing with the intention of creating a new blog post. As I have been writing, other ideas have come to mind such as ways to utilize some of my past blogs for new social media videos.
For the past 10 years, I’ve been working in social media marketing and I’ve had to be self-motivated everyday to come up with new ideas for things to post. Not just random stuff, but content that people will actually engage with and share with others. Ideally, I like to create content that helps inspire change and motion in people so they can learn and grow in various ways.
Many of my ideas have come to me when I’ve felt bored. Sitting, thinking, always wondering how I can improve what I do and share what I know. One of the best things to do when you’re bored is start writing or get outside if the weather permits.
There are several other ideas that help spark inspiration and motion for you so you don’t waste the day binging Netflix and contributing nothing to society.
- Get outside. Either put your swimsuit on and go get some sun by the water (beach, pool, or lake) or slip your walking shoes on and take a nice long walk at your local park or the beach. Fresh air and sunshine are two things that never fail to help lift our spirits and encourage new ideas as we sort through the many obstacles life puts in our way.
- Clean your home. Vacuum, dust, and sanitize each room in your house to create a clean and positive living environment. Do the dishes and throw in a load of laundry. This will help you enjoy your space more and shake up any stagnant energy that’s lingering in your home and affecting your mood.
- Take yourself out for a meal. When was the last time you took yourself out for a good meal? It could be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a cup of tea or coffee. There is truly something so relaxing and empowering about having the courage to enjoy your own company out among other people. If you’re looking to get out, but don’t want to do any of the things above, then this is exactly what you should do. I love going out to a little cafe or restaurant and listening to soft music or a podcast through my Airpods. There is no shame in doing things alone. I’m not sure why more people don’t do this more often.
The important thing to do when you’re feeling bored, is take a deep breath and ask yourself why you may be feeling this way. Maybe its because you’re craving some excitement and that is completely normal. We were not designed to sit around and do nothing all day. Its important to experience life, to truly live it so that at the end of day, you can feel accomplished and satisfied with how you are choosing to spend the days and hours you’ve been given.