When our parents and grandparents were kids, they may have complained of boredom more often than children do in the younger generations. They had to find a way to stay connected with friends, play games, build toys and learn. It took much more effort to not be bored.
Nowadays, kids and adults are able to access technology from just about anywhere. We have the constant ability to stay connected with family, friends, and work. We have no idea what it’s like to even get bored since we can fill our time with e-mails, social media, selfies, games and watching shows.
Because of this, our brains are actively thinking and trying to process all of the stimulation that surrounds us. It barely ever gets a break or even enough darkness to have a decent night’s sleep. This means we are producing more stress hormones since our nervous systems don’t have a chance to slow down and recover. When we are constantly thinking and doing, it is not allowing us to relax, breathe and rejuvenate our minds and bodies fully.
This is why it is more important than ever to be bored once in awhile. When we are bored, we give ourselves the time and space to be present and in the moment. When we do this, our adrenaline slows down and we are less prone to future health issues caused by stress and overthinking.
Here are some tips on how to be bored more often.