6 Tips for Fighting Boredom


  • Samuel Johnson wrote, "He is studying the little things that reach the great art of misery have so little and as much happiness as possible. "



  • A "little thing" that can be a source of misfortune is trapped in an activity that is annoying. Sitting in the traffic. Wash. Waiting in a doctor's office. Listen to your five-year-old daughter tells the story of the dream he had last night.



  • The more you focus on your boredom, the more amplifies that feeling. Here are six tips to reframe the moment; Even if you can not escape a situation, Crop your emotions about it, you can transform it.


    1- Put the word "meditation" after the activity that bores you. If you are impatient while waiting for the bus, say you are doing "meditation waiting for bus". If you are standing in a slow line at the pharmacy, you are doing "Waiting in online meditation. "Simply saying these words makes me feel very spiritual and high-minded and wise.

    2- if you can not get out Digging As they say, - enter it. Diane Arbus wrote: "The Chinese have a theory that go through boredom in fascination and thinks it is true. If something is annoying for two minutes, do it for four minutes. If still boring, do it for eight minutes, then sixteen, and so on. Eventually you will discover that is not boring at all. If part of my research is not interesting to me - like the Dardanelles campaign for forty ways to see Winston Churchill - I read about it a whole book, and then becomes captivating. The same principle is accomplishing boring or irritating tasks such as washing dishes.

    3- Take the perspective of a journalist or scientist. Really study what is around you. How do people see, what they look like inside buildings, with noise? If you bring your analytical skills, you can do almost anything interesting.

    4- Find an area of ​​refuge. Have planned a mental escape from the road. Think of something delicious or inspiring (not your! List of things to do). Check your children's photos on your phone (studies show that looking at pictures of their loved ones offers a big moral boost). Listen to an audio book.

    5- Find a way to be grateful. It is much better to bother while waiting in a doctor's office to be in a thrill of suspense about your results. It is more fun to sit around the breakfast table talking about dreams that are away from home on a business trip. Perhaps the other line at the pharmacy moves even more slowly. Etc.

    6- considers: Am I the boring one? La Rochefoucauld observed: "Whenever we bore you with what we had. I remember when I'm having a boring conversation with someone!

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