Boredom. It’s something we’ve all complained about since we were in kindergarten. And as I sat in the hairdresser waiting for my hair to develop, I kicked myself for not bringing a book or something else to pass the time.
Boredom. We’re allergic.
The first go-to was the boredom busting smart phone so I could fill my time endlessly scrolling through the socials. But what was the point of that? It was still boring. I was only doing it to feel like I was doing something. But what is wrong with doing nothing? And why do I feel like I need to do something?
It feels like a massive feat to unplug from the constant flow of updates, scrolling and notifications. It is a lost art. As I sat in the chair at the hairdresser, I realised that something that was so commonplace in my childhood (back in the dark ages, before the internet) seemed so hard. I itched to pick up my phone. So I made myself sit there and this is what I discovered:
- I think I am addicted to my phone. At the start, the urge to pick it up was overwhelming at times.
- After a while, my thoughts slowed down
- The thoughts that I noticed were random. Sometimes interesting and sometimes not
- I actually looked at the world around me
- I felt relaxed and calm
- I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time, or hassled, which is often what I do when I try and evade boredom
Next time you find yourself feeling bored, just try and be bored. Try and tolerate a feeling that makes you feel annoyed or frustrated and see what happens.