How To Manage Boredom

Pat Garner

I’ve heard from many people who “retire” that they don’t know how they had time to work their 40-hour day job now that they’re retired. I find there’s a LOT to do daily, but then there are times when boredom creeps in. For example, when my husband is out of town for softball tournaments, I have time to focus on things I want to do. Instead, I spent time rearranging my closet, going through dresser drawers, catching up on reading, and even watching a few bad movies on Netflix!

Toward the end of the week, I found myself a little bored. I had to look for things to do. I even felt a little guilty for not being in constant motion. I met with a friend for coffee, and I shared my feeling of boredom with her. There were a few takeaways from our conversation that made me think and reflect.

I consulted Dr. Google and researched boredom and found inadequate rest and little mental stimulation lead to boredom. I knew I wasn’t sleeping well, and watching mindless TV or Netflix wasn’t mental stimulation. (although I found I couldn’t look away, I saw the enormity of first-world problems plaguing our society.)

Regardless of age, we need mental stimulation to keep the brain firing. My boredom led me to feel unsettled, a little anxious and had some brain fog.  Boredom can appear as a symptom of depression, and I’m clear that wasn’t my issue.

I thought I’d share six ways to manage boredom.

  1. Identify the feeling of boredom and sit with it. Ponder it, explore any physical sensations associated with being bored, and decide just to let the feeling go.
  1. If you’re familiar with Mel Robbins’ book The Five-Second Rule, count 5-4-3-2-1 and decide to do anything to get yourself out of the boredom mindset. It could be something simple like going for a walk. You’ll get a rush from your feel-good hormone, dopamine. And who doesn’t want to feel good?
  1. Clear the clutter! Having too much stuff around you can suck the energy right out of you and cause overwhelming feelings without you even knowing it! You’d be amazed how clearing off your desk and tidying up can be a boost to your overall well-being.
  2. If you have a dog, take it out for an extra-long walk. Guess what, your dog gets bored too. If you don’t have a dog, take yourself for an extra-long walk and take time to notice the minor details in nature along the way. We all need to move!
  1. Be kind to yourself. I had to step back and lose the feeling of guilt I was having for not being in constant motion. Next time you feel like you need to do something, do it without judgment.
  1. Find a daily routine that fits your lifestyle. I believe most humans and animals function well with structure. It gives us purpose and fills our days with tasks so we can feel accomplished.

The decision is yours to succumb to the boredom or make a plan to combat it!

Good Stuff to Know November 2016

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In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.

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People who retain a particular bacterium in their gut after a bout of food poisoning may be at an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease later in life, according to a new study.

Cannabis excess linked to bone disease, fractures

People who regularly smoke large amounts of cannabis have reduced bone density and are more prone to fractures, research has found. The study also found that heavy cannabis users have a lower body weight and a reduced body mass index (BMI), which could contribute to thinning of their bones.

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A tomato farm that relies on the sun and seawater to produce more than 15,000 tons of fruit a year has been officially launched in South Australia.

Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments

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More American men with early-stage prostate cancer could opt out of immediate treatment

A new report on Swedish men with non-aggressive prostate cancer suggests that a lot more American men could safely choose to monitor their disease instead of seeking immediate radiation treatment or surgery.

Concern that radiation may contribute to development of Alzheimer’s

More humans than ever are exposed to higher levels of ionizing radiation from medical equipment, airplanes, etc. A new study suggests that this kind of radiation may be a confounding factor in the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s.

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Ten Things to Know About Chemotherapy

Elaine Jesmer

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1. Not everybody feels lousy.

2. There’s a beginning and end to it. The hardest part is usually getting through the middle. Think of a bell curve.

3. Chances are you know someone on it, even if they don’t talk about it. Chemo isn’t just for cancer, it’s also for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and for anyone who has had an organ transplant.

4. Not everybody gets the same side effects.

5. Some people don’t get any side effects. A lot of people do, but some don’t.

6. There are meds to keep the chemo meds from making you feel sicker. A whole industry exists to keep patients from throwing up or sleeping all day

7. Some people will die during chemo treatment. It’s not a magic bullet.

8. Knowing the names of the drugs you take can be helpful, especially if you move or travel a lot.

9. Chemotherapy, in general, is expensive.

10. Thankfully, it’s nowhere near as awful as we imagine. It’s not the end of the world, it’s the treatment designed to keep that from happening.

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Do You Have This Affliction?

Rebecca Morgan

I’ve rarely had it, but know I have once in a while.
You may have, too.
It’s an affliction that has affected millions.
It creeps upon you without your becoming aware of it. You display classic signs, yet they seem normal. After all, so many people in your circle display the same symptoms.
What is this dreaded malady?
See if you’re afflicted


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