Do you find life uninteresting? Nothing seem to pique your interest? Recognizing that you are bored with everything is the first step to removing the burden of monotony from your life. Boredom is a unique problem, affecting each person differently. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to increase your enthusiasm about everyday activities.
Beware Risky Behavior
Boredom is undesirable not only because of the lack of mental stimulation you feel but also because it can put you at risk for hazardous behaviors. People who experience chronic boredom are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, anger, drug and alcohol addiction, compulsive behaviors (such as gambling or eating disorders), and poor academic and work performance, according to McWelling Todman, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and associate professor at the New School of Social Research, in his "Psychology Today" article "Recovery from Boredom." To avoid these pitfalls, find proactive methods to regenerate your interest in the world around you.
Stimulate Your Mind
Learning to energize your mind and get your cognitive wheels turning, no matter what your situation is, can lessen your feelings of boredom. Disinterest can result from a lack of brain stimulation and intellectual challenges. Changing your environment, trying something new, taking up a hobby and increasing your productivity may create the change needed to jump-start your neurons and get them firing fiercely again, according to the article "Bored to Death -- Chronic Boredom" on the HealthGuidance.org.
Socialize With Others
When you are bored with most situations in your life, you may find it hard to get off the couch and interact with others. However, socializing can improve your attitude toward your personal or academic environment. Joining in conversations on a regular basis can motivate you to be more active in your social life and keep your mind more actively engaged, says Joseph Mercola, D.O., an author widely published on the subject of a holistic approach to health, in the article "Being Bored is Bad for Your Health" on his website. The more you are around others, the more opportunities you may have to experience new things and reduce boredom.
Adopt Healthy Habits
Take a close look at your eating, sleeping, and physical and mental exercise patterns. Could they be contributing to your boredom? Studies show that thinking a lot about leisure activities can create a sense of boredom in academic or occupational situations, reports Maria Konnikova, author of the Literally Psyched blog for "Scientific American," in her "Boston Globe" article "Could Boredom Be Curable?" Regular exercise not only is good for your physical health but also enhances brain functioning and clears your mind. A diet high in sugar, unhealthy fats and salt can interfere with your brain chemistry, making it more difficult to relieve the boredom blahs, according to the "Psychology Today" article "I Am Bored, Therefore I Eat" by Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine for the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Department of Medicine.
Sharon Bolling holds a master's in counseling and human development with a concentration in school counseling from Radford University. She is an experienced instructor of both high school and college students. She has been writing for Demand Media online since April 2013.