It's Okay to be Bored

During this time of the "Stay home, Stay safe" directive, You or your child (or both!) might find yourself feeling bored. Just know it's okay to be bored! In fact, we need people to get bored. It's while we're bored that our minds are free to create. Creativity is the heart that moves us forward into newer brighter ideas for the future. Boredom also provides the building blocks to build relationships and confidence.

So what is actually happening with your brain when you feel bored? Being "bored" simply means that no one or no devices are stimulating your mind. When this happens, the mind is free to entertain itself or to contemplate the meaning of things. The feeling of boredom often feels uncomfortable; we humans don't like to sit in the silence. In turn, we find every way possible to keep ourselves from getting bored.

Let's take a look at some of the benefits boredom can have!

  • Boredom is the birthplace of creativity. Left to its own devices, the brain can allow the imagination portion to take control. Research shows when people are given boring tasks, there is more imagination and creativity shown in a thinking activity.
  • Boredom can help us form relationships. Having time to interact with other people helps build interpersonal relationship skills. In return, having relationships and feeling a sense of belonging is a fundamental part of being human.
  • When our minds are bored, we are more willing to try new things. When opportunities to explore the new or retry something on our own are successful, it gives a boost of self-esteem. We are showing ourselves that we are capable and it's okay to try.
  • Boredom can also lead to better problem-solving skills and resilience. Allowing our minds time to wander, exploring different thought patterns and ideas, we are more likely to have success when faced with a problem.
  • Better mental health and a sense of belonging are also benefits of being bored. If we are too focused on being "busy," we will miss the opportunity to find and create ourselves as a person. It is important that we have a chance to engage with our environment and the people around us. It brings a sense of belonging and purpose to our lives.

So how do we let ourselves be bored when we live in a world with constant distractions?

  • Put Down the Devices -- Pick one day of the week to "detox." You would be surprised what you can get done when you turn your devices off.
  • No Structure -- Pick a day where you have no structured activities, and make it up as you go along.
  • Get Outdoors -- Go for a hike, a walk -- feel the silence of the nature around you. Let children climb and play.
  • Don't Mind the Mess -- Pick activities for yourself and family that can get a little messy.
  • Create a Sense of Community -- Find ways to interact with other people every day. Make sure they are getting your full attention!

For More on the subject check out these great videos!

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