why you must learn to tackle boredom

why you must learn to tackle boredom

The famous adage ‘An idle mind is a devil’s playground’ is very true. Boredom can quickly become an easy excuse to engage in addictive behaviors. In reality, it is simply a manifestation of lack of purpose, inspiration, self-motivation and running out of creativity. 

People get imprisoned by the monotony of life and start feeling stuck in their lives, their jobs and relationships craving for novelty and escape. Instead of finding healthier alternatives to relieve this boredom, people start participating in anti-social and self-destructive behaviors that cause further pain, misery, and loneliness. 

In her post titled ‘Boredom – a very real road to addiction’ in Psychology Today, Carole Bennett writes, “Boredom is often simply a state of awareness that shows up just prior to the surfacing of difficult, painful things we have stuffed away from our conscious awareness.” 

Seeking thrills and adrenaline rush in high-risk activities may help us deal with boredom, but we end up paying a heavy price in the long run. Engaging in self-introspection and knowing what passions, interests, activities and events inspire us and make us happy can go a long way in spending quality time in worthwhile pursuits instead of feeling victimized and empty due to boredom. Open mind, optimism, and curiosity can be effective tools to overcome boredom and getting stuck in the mundane. 

We need to accept that boredom is a part of life and take responsibility for our actions. Finding strategies to tackle boredom will definitely help us in living a happier and healthier life.

PS: If you or someone close to you is having a tough time battling an addiction or a toxic attachment, I’d encourage you to get my book The Detachment Manifesto. This book will guide you step-by-step on the journey that you or your loved one need to take from a life of imprisonment to a life of freedom.