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Everyone Should Know Why It Seems Hard to Overcome Boredom Sometimes

Everyone Should Know Why It Seems Hard to Overcome Boredom Sometimes

Boredom is a state of mind that occurs when we are no longer able to entertain ourselves or experience any level of enjoyment in our daily activities. For example, often you will hear people complain that there is nothing worth watching on television, when in fact, there are actually many programs worth watching. It’s just that your brain has decided that none of them are worth your time. Or perhaps you experience this with chores around the home, or incomplete paperwork at your place of employment. Regardless of how your experiences with boredom have manifested, the truth of the matter is that boredom is a good thing. So how does one overcome boredom?

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    Boredom and depression share a similar trait.

    As a psychotherapist, the number one group of people who often report feeling bored are depressed clients. This may not surprise a number of people, given that the primary and popular symptom of depression is poor motivation. I am not writing that boredom is exclusive to depressed persons; however, I am drawing a similarity between boredom and depression.

    You see, biological factors aside, a primary cause of depression with any person is the reluctance to accept expectations not being met in life. When people with depression experience significant difficulty with things not going their way, they become angry and take it out on themselves, primarily through depressed mood and poor motivation.

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    Boredom occurs on the same paradigm in which there is a marked difficulty in being able to accept life on life’s terms. Take for example again, the scenario with the television. When the complaint that “there’s nothing on TV,” is made, it simply isn’t true, because there are plenty of programs to watch and enjoy on television.

    Boredom warns us that we are not actively living our lives.

    The reality is that our brain’s are created mostly to respond to diverse experiences and there is a limited amount of idling that our minds can tolerate. This is what makes boredom a good thing; specifically, boredom is good because it is our mind’s way of alerting us that we are not actively living our lives, as evidenced by the brain’s yearning for a fair degree of adversity, diversity and production.

    For instance, if all you do is go to work, perform the same duties, come home to perform the same chores, and have the same type of interactions with people in your lives, with little to no variations, then you find yourself having very little to look forward to the next day. Why would you? Afterall, your lifestyle pretty much guarantees that your days are going to be roughly the same.

    What makes our experiences with boredom difficult, is our interpretation of being bored. So while our brains are telling us that we need to start doing something, some of us tell ourselves that we are not being entertained enough, or that the world around us has little to offer us. The truth is that the world around us has a lot of offer. If you find yourself bored, it’s most likely because you don’t have a well-defined vision of your life, and subsequently, you lack a sense of meaning and purpose.

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    Conquer boredom by pursuing your goals and dreams.

    The most effective way of addressing boredom is to write down what your dreams or goals are, keeping in mind that the goal is to aim as high as you want. So let’s say, for example, that you want to go back to school to earn a teaching degree to teach math. Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself.

    What are the requirements for becoming a math teacher?

    What specific demographic of students, do you plan teaching math to?

    What school will you attend to earn your teaching degree?

    How much will it cost you?

    Where will you get the money for tuition?

    What are the odds of you getting hired to teach math after you graduate?

    Are there other alternative routes to teaching math?

    As you can see with these types of questions, you will quickly realize that you have your work cut out for you. The key to discovering the cause of your boredom and overcoming it lies in your thoughts and feelings to these types of question. Ultimately, people who are able to identify their desired goals, but are resistant in following through on the questions, are unwilling to make sacrifices, specifically sacrifices of personal time. Then again, it you find your days bleeding into one another with little distinction, what do you have to lose?

    Ultimately, the path towards making that paradigm shift towards a more fulfilling life and overcoming boredom will involve a trade-off.

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    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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