5 Ways Being Super Bored Can Change Your Life For The Better (According To Science)

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Boredom Can Have Positive, Lasting Effects On You, Says Science

I can’t speak for anyone else but lately, I’ve been super bored.

I’m from Chicago, so maybe it’s the winter catching up with me or something, but I find myself wondering what I could or should do. I know there have been times when I felt like I was crawling into my skin because I was so bored and didn’t know what to do with myself.

In time, I realized that I was only feeling that way because I didn’t know how to embrace the boredom nor did I know how to truly be alone.

Boredom is commonly associated with negative traits and behaviors such as depression, impulsivity, and attention-seeking.

Boredom is less commonly discussed in terms of possible positive effects boredom can have on people. If people don’t learn how to utilize their boredom than it may very well have negative consequences. When people learn how to use their boredom to their advantage, there are many positive outcomes and benefits of boredom available for them.

So how can boredom be a good thing and possibly help you throughout your life? 

1. It sparks creativity.

By being able to think and ponder without becoming antsy or irritable, you are allowing your mind to explore different ideas. You may come up with a brand new business idea or writing project.

Regardless, according to two studies from last year, you allow your mind to be open and free to explore endless possibilities in the world.

2. It allows you to be more productive.

Boredom can be used as a tool to make sure everything in your life is in check.

Are you working on a project or a few projects? You can use this time to evaluate what needs to be done next or what should have been completed already.

3. You become more goal-oriented.

You can use your boredom to establish short and long-term goals. Where do you want to be in the next year or two? Where would you like to be 5-10 years from now?

This gives you time to reflect on your goals and/or plans as well as make revisions to any goals or plans that have already been established.

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4. It makes you a better person.

According to a 2011 study, boredom can give you the necessary time to reflect on your life, relationships and friendships both past and present. It allows you the time to see where things went right and where things went wrong.

From there, you are given the opportunity to change what was wrong, for future experiences that you may come across. It gives you the chance to acknowledge your mistakes so you lessen the chance of making the same mistake twice.

5. It increases your happiness. 

This boredom allows you to relax both mentally and physically. It gives your mind a break so you can have peace of mind for a little while. It helps your mind be more clear and not so cluttered. It gives your mind the time to wind down so you’re not always feeling as if you have to be doing something or have racing thoughts.

With this, relaxation and not always being "on the go" or involved in something may cause you to be more happy and joyous.

So, rather than look at boredom as having nothing to do, use it to create a more peaceful environment and overall life for yourself.

To be quite honest, before I started writing this article, I was "bored". I sat by myself and decided to explore why I’m bored and possible reasons why it could be positive in my life. I feel so many people are always on the go and never give themselves or allow themselves the time to let their mind rest or give it a break.

We can all use a little more creativity and happiness in our lives. I feel that we have this preconceived notion that boredom is always negative. But, it’s not.

If we learn how to use it wisely and allow our mind to roam around, there are endless possibilities for where you might end up. You may come to find that your interests have shifted or things have happened in your life where you may have to adjust your plans or goals.

Boredom can be a positive tool for ourselves and our lives that is often overlooked by many of us.   

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Brittney Lindstrom is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

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