During this period of isolation, I’ve read different social media post, and my niece called me stating she is bored. This is a time of uncertainty for all of us. However, as human beings it is an excellent opportunity for us to practice the old adage, “If you’re given lemons, make lemonade.”
It is important for us to look at this time as a chance for us to grow inwardly and outwardly. In light of this goal, I have outlined 4 Keys To Get Rid Of Boredom. Let us consider, that part of our purpose in life is to improve under all conditions; therefore, this period of social distancing should not change that.
The first key to ridding ourselves of boredom is, Intention. We must still have a purpose for getting up in the morning. Whether it be to work out, read, learn something new, start a new project, call, text, video chat, and spend time with loved ones. We must never forget, as long as we are alive our life must have purpose.
Of course, we should have had bigger goals before Covid-19 appeared. Our goals must still be there, but due to having to stay inside, we must have smaller goals inside of our bigger ones. Having intentions to do things keep our minds and hearts motivated if we’re seeking something on a daily basis. Even if it’s just learning a new skill, which brings me to the 2nd key.
The 2nd key is, Seeking Knowledge. This is easier to do than ever. We can download books for free, including audio books, take free courses online, sign up for Skill share, and even learn new things on YouTube. Whatever means we choose we should be learning new things every day. Remember how excited we would get as kids when we would learn something new?
That part of us is still there. This is an excellent time to enhance or reignite that part of ourselves. When we’re in the process of increasing our knowledge, boredom goes away because we are so engulfed and excited about the new information we are obtaining.
The 3rd key is, Daily Reflection. I talked about this on my podcast, The Heart Matters, on Sunday, where I quoted a tradition which states, “Don’t look at those who have more than you but look at those who have less than you. If you look at those who have more than you, you won’t appreciate the blessings God has given you.”
This tradition will give us something to reflect upon on a daily basis. Also, we should take a period every day where we turn off all the devices and distractions, and just take 15 to 20 minutes to think about things that really matter. There are somethings that matter to all of us as human beings, such as family, health, happiness, and death. But then, there are things that matter to us as individuals, such as losing weight, getting in better shape, earning a better living, retirement, etc.
Whatever these deeper issues are, we should take the time on a daily basis to give them some thought. That brings me to the 4th key, which is, Patience & Gratitude. One might ask, how do these inner actions keep us from being bored? The answer, what our hearts feel have either a positive or negative effect on our limbs. That is one of the reasons depression is such a debilitating thing. It comes from the heart but it can cause anger, laziness, sadness, and other things that appear on the limbs of a person who is afflicted with it.
Patience and gratitude is no different. If we resort to controlling our dislike and not complaining about it, while at the same time being grateful for what we have, it cures the boredom because these things bring light to our hearts. Also, gratitude puts us in a state of calm that can’t be explained, which causes the problem we are faced with to seem small.
These are the 4 keys to rid ourselves of boredom during this time of social distance. Please try them. I am positive you will see amazing results.