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Published on January 21, 2021

How to Cure Boredom: 20 Things to Reignite Your Life

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How to Cure Boredom: 20 Things to Reignite Your Life

Boredom arises from repetition, so if you want to cure boredom, start by noticing how many new experiences you have on a day to day basis.

Doing, seeing, and engaging with new things creates the space for curiosity and inspiration. As part of the deal you may feel some fear—tempered by excitement—but it will be worth it.

Here are 20 things you can do now or in the near future to cure boredom and reignite your life.

1. Travel

If when you spend a two week holiday travelling, it feels like a month or more, it’s probably because your typical way of life is repetitive[1]. Same routine; same commute; same food. Even benign, healthy activities like yoga and mindfulness can become part of the repetition of your everyday life or week, and repetition shrinks time.

Travel, by its very definition, leads to perpetual new experiences, and each new experience has to be processed by the brain for the first time. Whenever you learn something new, neural circuits communicate through synapses, and the creation of these pathways takes more energy and more time.

That “longer” time is then interpreted as such by the brain, hence you perceive the two weeks of you holiday as significantly longer than a typical two weeks at home.

I understand that it’s a difficult time to travel abroad at the moment amid the pandemic, what you need to do is then to try to fulfill your life with new experiences — explore a little and get out of your comfort zone!

2. Learn a New Language

If you feel bored you must have time on your hands. What better way to spend that time than to enhance your ability to communicate. Remember when you said: “I’d really love to be able to speak Italian”?

There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to converse with a foreigner in their own language. It opens the door to recognize the differences and similarities between cultures while also making a new friend.

The extra bonus is that your new friend really appreciates your effort to speak their language, which is, in itself, an indication of not just your curiosity but your respect for them, their country, and culture.

3. Empower Yourself

You might consider “boredom” as a state, but in essence it is a thought. Consider the thought “I am bored.” It suggests that I am being bored. So who or what is boring me? And why would I allow my conscious state to be altered by external factors?

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Take responsibility and ownership of your own life if you really want to learn how to cure boredom.

4. Let Go of Self-Pity

  • “I’m bored.”
  • “It’s not fair.”
  • “Why is this happening to me?”

How useful are these thoughts? How much more useful would it be to let them go and reignite your life with positive affirmations instead?

5. Be Creative

Creativity is what we were born for. Whether it be artistically, musically, or literary, it’s something you can do alone. It may be practical, for example gardening or carpentry, or perhaps building a business plan for your new enterprise, but whatever it is that gets your creative juices flowing will neutralize any feelings of boredom and reignite your life.

6. Learn How to Play a Musical Instrument

The ten thousand hour rule for musical proficiency has lost some of it’s credence of late, which is probably not such a bad thing for aspiring learners[2].

Rather than being daunted by the idea of learning how to play a musical instrument, focus on the end goal. What is it you really want?

Take the guitar, for instance. Do you want to learn to play classical music like “Tales of the Alhambra” or the riff from “Smoke on the Water”? There are vast differences between the two—not least the amount of time it will take you to learn how.

Do-it-yourself learning is all very well, but when it comes to music, one size definitely doesn’t fit all, so treat yourself to finding a teacher—online if necessary—who can customize your lessons to exactly what you want to achieve. This way you can avoid learning unwanted techniques and complicated scales and concentrate on that particular sound and style that you want to create.

7. Move

Physical activity produces endorphins, which, by interacting with your brain receptors, create positive feelings. The feeling of boredom cannot coexist with positive feelings, so this is a perfect way to cure it.

Whether it be the effort of bench-pressing your maximum weight, achieving a head-stand, or dancing to your favorite song, you will never be bored when you are enjoying the experience of pushing yourself physically.

8. Take Conscious Breaths

If you are not thinking, then you cannot think that you are bored, and when you are present you cannot conceive of the duality that prompts comparison between your current state and an alternative fantasy.

Conscious breathing reduces stress levels and brings you mind back to the here and now[3]. The best part is that it only takes a few minutes!

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9. Accept Reality as It Is

According to Buddhist teachings[4], all suffering arises from craving, and learning to accept reality as it is liberates us from that craving.

Since boredom is resistance to what is, the cure is to accept reality.

10. Choose Your Chores

We all have things we have to do from time to time for practical reasons. They may be time consuming, they may be uninspiring, they may seem boring, but they just need doing.

Rather than resist the experience and go into victim mode—poor me—make a different choice. Choose to do what you have to do, and do it to the best of your ability with as much enthusiasm as you can muster. You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes.

11. Declutter

Do you really need that fondue set? When did you last wear that double-cuff dress shirt? Are you ever going to use that static bike again? How much lighter would your life feel without this excess baggage?

If you want to learn how to cure boredom, decluttering and aiming for a more minimalist lifestyle can be a great goal to occupy your time and energy.

12. Learn a New Recipe

Cooking programs on TV have never been more popular, and yet we spend more time watching than doing[5].

If you put your mind to it, you can easily learn how to cook to a decent standard by using free resources available online including recipes and YouTube videos.

13. Free Yourself From Time

Sometimes boredom manifests as a result of simply waiting in a queue, and can lead to stress and anxiety even if you do not have a deadline to meet:

  • Why is this taking so long?
  • Why didn’t I choose the other line?
  • Why is that woman asking so many questions?
  • How can they be so inefficient?

You can allow time to be your master, or you can recognize it for what it is—a mental construct created by humans.

14. Be Grateful

Take ten minutes to focus on gratitude. Think of three things to be grateful for in your life and just sit with that intention.

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Do this every day to help you learn how to cure boredom. When you feel good about the little things in life, it’s difficult to feel bored or think that you have nothing interesting to do.

15. Be

Boredom stems from a lack ability to just “be.”

The pace of technological development, from Crompton’s Spinning Mule to the smart phone, has been so fast that it is completely at odds with human evolution. In the “developed” world, the increase in leisure time, plus the more recent trend and hence expectation of instant gratification, has resulted in a craving mentality for the “next” thing[6].

“I am a human being, not a human doing.” -Kurt Vonnegut

If you want to reignite your life, you must first focus on being instead of constantly doing. Only then can you really focus on what will bring interest back to your life.

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” -Blaise Pascal

16. Clear Your Mind

Close your eyes and ask yourself: “I wonder what the next thing I think of is going to be?”

You may be surprised at the results.

17. Don’t Think of Boredom as an Enemy

If you feel boredom looming, don’t be negative and don’t resist it. Recognize it and be curious.

Why do I feel this way? What a blessing to have this space where I can choose to do whatever I like, including nothing.

When you see boredom as an opportunity to analyze what’s going on in your mind, you immediately have a chance to reignite your life through understanding.

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18. Give of Yourself

When you have time that you’re not using well, why not go out and help others. You can get to know your neighbors better or find a place to volunteer. Any of these can help you as you learn how to cure boredom.

How might giving to others affect your feelings of self-worth and your commitment to taking your life to the next level?

19. Get Closure

If you’re feeling bored and lost in life, there is likely something holding you back. It may be regret, grief, anger, or disappointment. Engage in self-reflection to discover what’s causing these feelings and find a way to get closure so that you can move forward.

20. Don’t Play It Safe

Boredom is negative, blinkered, dis-empowering and, above all, complacent.

You can engage with it and remain stuck within its known limitations, or you can break through and take a chance on the unknown; the otherness; the excitement—perhaps even the danger—of the new.

Step out of your comfort zone, even just a bit. Pick up a new hobby, read a book you wouldn’t normally read, or go out with friends you haven’t seen in years. Doing something new will help you cure boredom and reignite something in you.

Final Thoughts

The concept of boredom is, in truth, a doorway to a myriad of possibilities. Remove the veil and choose from a plethora of options to rebuild your passion and interest in life.

Follow these tips and see how consistently enjoying new experiences helps you learn how to cure boredom and reignites your life by expanding your horizons both internally and externally.

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Feel That Life Is Meaningless? Here’s How to Find Meaning

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Feel That Life Is Meaningless? Here’s How to Find Meaning

Have you ever felt like you’re unable to feel anything? You know exactly what this feeling is if you’ve been through it. The feeling of a meaningless life is unexplainable.

A meaningless life may not look bad. In fact, there’s likely nothing obviously wrong. You may be living in your dream house with the love of your life. Your well-paid job in the company that you dreamt of is doing great, too. However, you feel like a part of your heart and soul are missing.

If you feel like nothing is right, you may be living a meaningless life. But don’t you worry, because you’re in the right place to find the perfect solution for you and your unique life.

What Is a Meaningless Life?

Let’s start by helping you put a finger on your issue. Is it actually a meaningless life or just a rough slump?

Be clear on one thing: no human’s life is ever truly meaningless. Basically, your life can never lose its meaning and purpose. If you’re living in this world, there is some reason deep down. The only issue is that you have lost the vision to identify it. Your perspective is too blurred to figure out what you are in this world for.

A meaningless life may mean you’re going through an existential crisis. You could be borderline depressed. The feeling of emptiness may prevail all other emotions. However, you can be sure that, despite all of this, there’s still meaning to your existence.

All you have to do is push through to find it.

If you feel that you’re living a meaningless life, negativity will surround you like wildfire. However, you’ve got to keep your head high so that you can look ahead and find an answer. You have to strive to find your life’s meaning to continue to live a life of high motivation.

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Before you move on with the rest of the process, make sure to first imprint this in your mind. Only then will you be able to guide your thought process in the right direction.

Is There Any Meaning to Life?

Life, in its literal term, means to exist and reproduce. The reproduction not only includes the creation of humans like yourself, but also of thoughts, ideologies, and philosophies.

A person who is living a meaningless life has a very different view of what life is supposed to be. That is where the issue arises. To understand the meaning of life without any misconceptions, one should look at the philosophy behind this concept.

Like most branches of research, philosophy has numerous diverging answers to answer what the meaning of life is[1]. Here’s a quick summary of what I consider the most suitable understanding.

It all starts from a human’s expectations and, ultimately, reactions. Every individual expects something from the world and, in return, has to react to the expectations of others. Generally, this idea is surrounded by wanting goodness. To achieve that, a person has to do good deeds as well.

This cycle continues. But, of course, it is very complex. A lot of factors contribute to this cycle, such as selfishness, a different point of view of what’s good, emotions, likes and dislikes, etc.

The point of this entire concept in philosophy is that, ultimately, the process of growth and reproduction comes to an end for every human. There’s no escaping that. Therefore, the goal is to live life in a way that, when the individual’s growth comes to an end, something good is still left behind for the cycle to continue.

Where Does the Good Come From?

This is the point where the differences come in. People with different beliefs opt for varying methods to reach the same goal.

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There are four main schools of thought in philosophy in this regard, and they all offer different advice on how to move past living a meaningless life[2].

1. God

One school believes that God is the center of everything we do. Hence, goodness is anything that goes in line with the religion that you believe in.

2. The Soul

The other school of thought centers their actions on the soul. For them, anything that satisfies and calms your inner self is the path you should follow, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.

3. Objectivists

The objectivists say that everything in the world is defined; the good and bad are certain, so no one should go beyond the set boundaries.

4. Subjectivists

The subjectivists, on the other hand, believe that since every individual’s cognition varies, the meaning of every single thing in the world is different. No two individuals can have a similar thought process.

All in all, life comes down to one thing only: goodness. That is what life should be, and that is what you should leave behind. How you achieve it depends on which school of thought you agree with. Whatever you believe in is ultimately what the meaning of your life is.

How to Stop Living a Meaningless Life

Now you know that there is a meaning to your life, without question. You also have an idea of what this meaning is. You’ve got to figure out what you consider “good” and build your life around it.

Regardless of which school of thought you agree with or what you have decided your life’s meaning to be, the process to implement will be a bit hard. To make it easier, here are some universal tips.

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1. Unlearn What You’ve Been Told All Your Life

Do not be distracted by what you’ve learned in your life until now. The truth is, you could have been told something for 30 years of your life only to find out that it was all baseless.

The only thing in life that is definite is that there are no rules. We didn’t come into this world with a rule book or defined meaning. Every individual was given the ability to make choices in their life. So, take hold of yours, learn your right and wrong from scratch, and make sure nothing is detracting you from the real meaning of your life. Don’t be afraid if you learn something that goes against your lifelong motto if it gets you away from living a meaningless life.

2. Know That You Matter

This has been said a couple of times by now but, honestly, the more you emphasize this fact, the easier it will be for you.

The fact that you’re alive, living in this world, and taking another breath to take means that you matter. Your life purpose is yet to be fulfilled, so you’ve still got to make some impact in this world.

You are the one person that has to change the world, even if it is something as small as changing the life of one tiny creature. Keep this in mind at all times.

3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

If your life’s meaning was somewhere inside the circle that you stay in, you would’ve found it by now. Isn’t it obvious that what you’re looking for is out of your comfort zone? Then, what’s keeping you from stepping out?

Don’t hesitate to step out. The short-term discomfort will help you find the long-term purpose of life, which will give you a lifetime of relaxation and a constant way out of a meaningless life.

4. Follow Your Heart

Whether you’re choosing which school of thought to follow or opting between what good to go after, never ignore your heart. Your intuition is your heart’s way of guiding you. Don’t let it take over, but also don’t forget to take it into consideration.

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5. Do Not Let Go of Your Passion

You know that one thing in life that you just cannot give up no matter hard you try? Stop trying to get rid of it. You’re passionate about something for a reason. It is a step for you to reach your life’s meaning.

6. Be More Mindful

The big things in life tend to take over the tiny details. These little things are signs to help you decode and find answers. Meditate if you have a hard time focusing, but always try your best to pay attention to the little experiences that you usually don’t notice.

Conclusion

If you’re a person who is going through the dilemma of living a meaningless life, try to use these tips to help you seek out your unique meaning. Although your life seems meaningless, rest assured that it’s not.

The ball is now in your court. You’re the one who has to do the rest of the work. Use the tips to help you find the true meaning of your life, and then stick to it. Get on with step 1 from today without losing any motivation at all.

All the work that you’ll put in the process now will help you achieve a life of happiness and peace worth living.

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Reference

[1] Philosophy Now: What is Life?
[2] Philosophy Now: What is The Meaning Of Life?

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