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Why do we struggle when boredom strikes?



Kirjoittanut: Vincent Bitana - tiimistä Kaaos.

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Introduction

While seated at my computer, contemplating what to do, I found myself listening to gentle, beautiful music.  When bored, others do simple activities like listen to music, watch videos, and browse at reels on different social networking platforms. Probably for some serious student (not me, hahaha!) learning, reading books, composing essays, and so on. I could go on, but the interesting point is, what is the most beneficial activity to do while bored?

Boredom is a common issue for many of us. Because when we are bored, we frequently seek out activities that will alleviate our boredom; yet our choices to alleviate our boredom might have bad (even fatal) effects. Investigate healthy strategies to alleviate boredom and live a healthy life. In this essay, we will investigate the causes of our boredom and examine its psychological and societal ramifications. We will also talk about how to use boredom as an opportunity for self-discovery and personal improvement.

The nature of boredom can be defined as a state of restlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of interest or stimulation. In our modern, fast-paced world, constant connectivity and instant gratification have reduced our tolerance for moments of idleness. When faced with boredom, we may feel a sense of unease, prompting us to seek immediate distractions. This struggle arises from our discomfort with introspection and the fear of confronting our inner thoughts and emotions.

Boredom is a complicated feeling that is connected to several elements, including sensation-seeking behavior and attention management. According to research, those who battle with boredom may have trouble managing their attention, resulting in a heightened sensation of discontent during tedious work. Furthermore, our brain’s reward system is important; when we are not engaged, the brain’s pleasure regions stay dormant, contributing to our pain.

Societal pressures also contribute to our struggle with boredom. The rise of social media and constant digital stimulation have created a fear of missing out (FOMO) phenomenon, making it challenging to appreciate moments of stillness. Moreover, the emphasis on productivity and achievement today often leads us to perceive downtime as unproductive, fueling our restlessness.

Boredom, on the other hand, may be a strong stimulus for self-discovery and personal progress. We may turn boredom into opportunity for creativity and contemplation by changing our perspective. Embracing boredom allows us to explore our ideas, pursue our hobbies, and engage in activities that reflect our true selves.

Mindfulness and Presence: Mindfulness practices can help us be present in the moment, allowing us to enjoy the beauty of everyday situations. We may learn to be content in the present moment by increasing awareness, even during routine chores.

Boredom provides rich ground for creative exploration. Writing, sketching, or playing musical instruments, for example, allow us to channel our restless energy into meaningful expressions. Creativity thrives in times of emotional stress.

Self-Reflection:

Boredom provides an opportunity for contemplation. I may obtain clarity about my genuine wishes by thinking about my objectives, values, and aspirations. Journaling (still disciplining myself to be consistent on this, hahaha!) and self-reflection activities assist me in navigating my inner thoughts, resulting in a better understanding of myself. Boredom may be alleviated by trying new hobbies and moving outside of our comfort zones. Exploring new activities or gaining new talents not only stimulates me but also broadens my viewpoint, making my life richer. I quote a famous verse in the Bible that states, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10

Conclusion

Finally, our boredom problem arises from cultural pressures, psychological reasons, and a misunderstanding of its potential advantages. We may change boredom from a source of suffering into a portal to self-discovery by reframing our view of it. Idleness helps us to explore the depths of our creativity, increase self-awareness, and find joy in the simplicity of life. Boredom becomes a wonderful companion on our journey toward personal and spiritual growth as we learn to appreciate the benefits of silence. As I mature in life, I have learned the value of patience and being still. Strengthening my inner core and believing in what God has purposed for me to do. In connection to our TEAM KAAOS, understanding my team members individually takes time and effort, but I believe it is worth it as we grow together by flexing ourselves to do more projects together and building strong relationships together. We can accomplish more.

Reference

Puff. R. DR. When Boredom Strikes podcast, December 18, 2022 https://www.happinesspodcast.org/when-boredom-strikes/

Toohey. P. 2011 Boredom: A Lively History, Read on the 17th of October 2023.

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