A friend texted me the other day with two words – I’m bored. I was blown away and had so many suggestions to help her not be bored anymore. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been bored. There’s always so much for me to do. But I know that for some people, boredom can be a real issue. If you find yourself bored often, try using some affirmations to combat those negative feelings.
1. There’s Always Something New To Learn, And I Want To Learn Something New
Boredom means you have nothing to do, but there is always something to learn… which is something to do!
Years ago, I made it my mission to learn at least one new thing every day. I’ve never experienced boredom since.
Learning something new helps to stimulate the mind and can provide a much-needed sense of challenge and accomplishment. It can also help to broaden our perspective and deepen our understanding of the world around us.
Even if you spent every second learning for a million years, there would still be stuff to learn.
In other words, if you always want to learn something new, there will always be something new for you to learn, and boredom will never be an issue.
2. I’m Grateful For This Moment And What’s In It
Boredom is often a result of not being present.
When we’re fully present and engaged in the moment, there’s no room for boredom.
The friend who texted me was visiting with her parents whom she only sees a few times per year. Instead of texting me about her boredom, she could have been interacting with her parents or appreciating the fact that she was with her parents.
The next time you find yourself bored, try to bring your attention back to the present moment and focus on what you’re grateful for in this moment.
3. I’m Willing To Be Uncomfortable
Boredom often comes from a place of discomfort. We’re uncomfortable with ourselves, our surroundings, or the situation we’re in.
One way to combat boredom is to be willing to be uncomfortable. It’s not always comfortable to put yourself in new situations or to interact with new people, but it can help to reduce boredom.
4. I’m Open To New Experiences
When we’re open to new experiences, we’re less likely to get bored.
If you find yourself in a situation that’s not particularly interesting, try to be open to the experience and see if you can find something interesting about it.
It’s easy to write off an experience as boring before giving it a chance, but if we’re open to it, we might be surprised by how much we enjoy it.
5. I Embrace Doing Something Different
Boredom often comes from doing the same things over and over again.
If you find yourself in a rut, try doing something different. Embrace change and mix things up. You might be surprised by how much fun you have when you step outside of your comfort zone.
6. Create A Lifebook
A Lifebook focuses on your vision for your life, as well as all the categories of your life. If you have created a Lifebook, there is always something to do so that you can optimize your life the way you want it.
Lifebook is a life creation system by Jon and Missy Butcher. It’s a step-by-step process that helps you to create the life of your dreams.
The Lifebook system includes 12 dimensions of life, each with specific exercises to help you get clear about what you want in each area.
With the kind of vision and purpose Lifebook creates for you, boredom is a far-off concern.
You can read a detailed Lifebook review here that outlines all the benefits and how it works.
7. I’m Always Engaged In A Challenge
It’s hard to experience boredom when you are working on completing a challenge. Whether you are in a walking challenge or a writing challenge, you are always engaged in something.
The key is to choose challenges that are ambitious enough to be motivating, but not so difficult that they seem impossible, or you won’t engage in them. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Take on a new hobby or sport. Trying something new can be both exhilarating and rewarding. And even if you don’t end up enjoying the activity itself, you’ll certainly appreciate the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing it.
- Set a personal goal and strive to achieve it. Whether it’s learning a new skill or losing weight, pushing yourself to reach a goal can be immensely satisfying. Plus, the process of achieving your goal will likely teach you some valuable lessons along the way.
- Do something that scares you. Stepping outside your comfort zone can be daunting, but it can also lead to some of the most rewarding experiences of your life. So go ahead and challenge yourself to take a walk in unknown territory. You might just surprise yourself with what you’re capable of.
8. I Enjoy Life’s Surprises
Boredom often comes from a lack of surprises in life.
One way to combat this is to create your own surprises. This could mean planning fun activities for yourself or your family, or it could simply be about adding some spontaneity to your life.
It can also mean being open to the twists and turns that happen in life and embracing them with joy and curiosity.
9. I’m Grateful For Life’s Simple Pleasures
When we focus on the simple pleasures in life, it’s hard to feel bored.
There are so many things to be grateful for, even when life feels mundane. From the warmth of a cup of coffee on a chilly morning to the smile of a loved one, there are countless things that can bring us joy.
The key is to take the time to notice and appreciate them.
10. I Have A Positive Attitude
It’s hard to feel bored when you have a positive attitude. When you can see the good in life, things have much more meaning and value.
No matter what life throws your way, if you approach it with a positive attitude, you’re more likely to find the silver lining and feel motivated to get up and do something constructive.