Being bored or something being ‘boring’ is a common, negative way to describe something. But perhaps forcing ourselves to be bored may be a positive thing?
With the power of technology, something is always going on in our lives. The TV is on whilst we are making breakfast. You may be reading a book when *blep* a message comes through. You’re in the bath when a phone rings. You’re studying whilst being on your phone at the same time. We are wired to be constantly occupied now, that the fear of being bored is a common one.
Putting yourself into a situation where you are “bored” may actually be extremely beneficial. It gives you time to be completely at peace, alone with you and your thoughts (it’s not scary!)
Being bored goes hand in hand with mindfulness. Being mindful in everything you do isn’t exactly fun, but it’s crucial. Being mindful means to be at the present moment in what you are doing. You can even be mindful doing something as simple as washing the dishes. Focusing on the warm water or rinsing a glass instead of thinking other thoughts is being mindful. Going on a walk and focusing on the sounds, the sun, the trees etc, instead of what you have to do that day, is being mindful.
Research has proven that by focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
I’m going to take half an hour out of my day to purposely have no distractions, you should try it too! Go outside. Simply sit in your garden, on some stairs, or on a chair outside and put a timer on for half an hour to not check your phone or leave your area. What do you see? Hear? Smell? How does the sun feel on your skin? What does the wind do to your hair? Watch your skin get goose bumps. Notice how your body is sitting. Relax your legs or stop chewing your lip, just relax. Pretend you just ran or worked a laborious job and you are taking a physical rest. Let your mind drift to other things, but gently bring it back to the present moment. Appreciate every single thing no matter how insignificant.
It’s important to focus on the small details of life.