Are you bored right now?
Do you often find yourself plagued by the horrible feeling of not having anything to do? Do catch yourself browsing through your social media feeds, watching uninspiring reality TV shows or movies, entertaining yourself with random videos online for lack of something better to stimulate your mind?
Trust me, I’ve been there.
But since 2013, for the past 4 years, I haven’t been bored—not for a single moment of the past 4 years.
This is possible because of habits like constant self-education, reading, exercise, meditation, and working on my passion that keep me happily occupied every minute and every second of my day. And the crazy thing is, I don’t even get bored when I’m stuck in traffic! Traffic is one the most soul-sucking experiences known to man. But when I’m stuck in that never-ending bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, I always choose stimulate my mind by listening to or watching some motivational content that occupies me and fulfills me.
Making boredom a thing of the past is possibility, not just for myself, but for everybody. There’s more than one way to stay locked in to interesting, engaging, and exciting activities that keep you occupied at all hours of the day.
Here are 5 Life-Changing Habits To Do When Bored to help you make that happen:
#1- Read 20 Pages of A Great Book
Reading is therapeutic, can offer peace of mind, expands your vocabulary, improves memory, boosts your focus, boosts your concentration abilities, improves your writing skills, increases empathy, and boosts your emotional intelligence (ability to manage and control emotions). Reading—especially when you focus on reading the right books—MOTIVATES you and pushes you to make progress on your goals.
And reading gives you perspective by showing you that there is no tragedy or setback you are facing that somebody else in the past has not face and overcome before. Just like that, reading the right books can show you that anything is possible.
The mental and emotional gains that you can make through the simple but incredible practice of daily reading are astounding.
As someone who reads at least 2 books per month, this is a phenomenon I can attest to personally. In fact, if I could recommend one single habit to completely revolutionize your life, motivate yourself, and up-level your success, it would definitely be daily reading.
So if you are bored and if you are one of the many people who has multitudes of unread books lying around your house or apartment, look no further than reading as a Life-Changing Habit To Do When You’re Bored.
Cracking open the right book, might transform your boredom into a life-changing epiphany.
#2- Get Some Exercise In. Go To The Gym.
Very few habits are more tried, true, and indisputably good for you than exercise. Exercise reduces your chances of contracting many diseases like certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and others. Working out melts away your stress, releases happiness chemicals in your brain, boosts your self-confidence, improves self-image, helps control your weight, gets you outside, helps you fight addictions, boosts productivity, and inspires creativity.
Working out on the regular creates a ripple effect of awesomeness that translates into better results in every aspect of your life—health, happiness, mental health, success, relationships with others, and your relationship with yourself. Exercising religiously breaks the chains of self-doubt within your mind. And as you witness yourself go through that transformation of becoming a better version of yourself, you truly begin to believe that anything is possible. And there isn’t much that you can’t do.
So if you are bored and exercising more is something that you have aspired to do in 2017, what are you waiting for? Get your workout gear on, hit the tarmac for a jog, hit the sidewalk for a run, or make your way to the gym for a session.
This is a decision you will NOT regret.
#3- Work On Something You Love.
One of the craziest things that happens to you when you find your passion is, you’re never bored.
That’s right. Once you find something—a career path, interest, hobby, activity, or a craft—that you absolutely LOVE to do, you will never be bored again for the rest of your life!!
Finding your passion is a cure for boredom! What a gift that is!
Once you have stumbled onto that craft that you could literally spend entire weeks or months on without losing interest—whether it’s fishing, cooking, writing, playing a sport, playing an instrument, running a small business, or making YouTube videos—you will literally never be bored again a day in your life.
Because anytime you find yourself without anything to do to occupy yourself—even if you aren’t at home or at your office—you’ll be able to crack open a device or a book and just educate yourself more on your topic of interest. And if your passion is a physical activity, you’ll be able to instantly end your boredom by heading off to go partake in it.
So if you are bored and you are fortunate enough to know what you passion is, use this spare time that you have right now to go do what you love! Jump down to your kitchen, hit the studio, pick up your instrument, jump on YouTube, head to the office, hit the track, or jump on the field, and get to work!
For those of you who don’t know what your passion is, use this time that you have to explore yourself by writing out a list of activities, crafts, and career fields that REALLY interest you. Ask yourself: “What do I really want to do with my life? What really makes me happy? What craft could I spend the rest of my life happily doing without any compensation whatsoever?”
Then once you know what that craft is, go do that.
#4- Watch a Video or Listen to Audio That Will Teach You Something New!
Do you want to learn the guitar? Learn the piano? Learn how to code? Learn how to launch a blog? Learn how to write a book? Learn how to become a better team player at work? Learn how to launch a business? Learn to how to invest in stocks, bonds, or real estate? Learn a second, third, or fourth language?
Is there anything that you want to learn that you don’t currently know right now?
Well congratulations. You live in a period of time where the Internet and mobile technology has made virtually all of the knowledge in the world available to anybody with a Wi-Fi connection. Anybody with Wi-Fi has access to virtually all of the knowledge in the world.
You can watch tutorials on YouTube, partake in free online courses at sites like Mind-Valley and Khan Academy, read free e-books, look up information on Wikipedia and Google, and purchase digital books to read all from the comfort of your mobile device or your laptop.
How cool is that? Have you ever seen this “I know Kung-Fu” scene from the classic movie The Matrix?
That is exactly what learning and self-education is. All of the knowledge, skills, and information is right there waiting for you at your fingertips. You can even literally learn Kung-Fu online if you want to.
So if you’re bored and if there is any subject, language, or topic that you want to improve your knowledge on, use this as an opportunity to educate yourself.
#5- Meditate for 15 Minutes
Last, but DEFINITELY not least is meditation.
Where do I begin with the benefits of meditation?
Improved concentration, more focus, better creativity, better relationships, anxiety-relief, stress-release, depression-relief, peace of mind, serenity, compassion, generosity, physical energy, motivation, self-knowledge, resilience, improved ability to enjoy learning and increased capacity to quit addictions are all benefits of meditation that people all over the world have experienced—including myself.
I started meditating on a daily basis at the beginning of 2013 4 years ago. And I have experienced life-changing results with literally every benefit that I just listed above. You name a benefit of meditation. I’ve experienced it. And I have made incredible gains in every department of my life because of it.
So to cap this blog post off, I’m going to leave you with the instructions from Russell Simmons’ Super Rich—the self-help book that taught me to meditate—on how to get started:
“After sitting down and getting comfortable, the next step is to simply begin repeating your mantra. Since most of you reading this probably don’t have one yet, let me share a mantra that I’ve been taught and have found works well for novices: Rum.
Try not to think of it as a word, but rather as a vibration. ‘Ruuuuuuuuuuum.’ Say it loudly in your mind. Say it softly. Say it fast. Say it slow. Whisper it. Scream it. Fixate your mind on ‘Rum’ until that vibration fills up your being.
If you keep repeating ‘Rum’ for even just five minutes, you’ll feel yourself beginning to transcend the hundreds of frivolous thoughts that are cluttering your mind. Again, think of all those thoughts as waves on a stormy ocean. As the vibration of ‘Rum’ becomes stronger and stronger, soon the fluctuations of those waves will become smaller and smaller until your mind will be a calm, glassy sea. When those waves are gone, you’ll be entering a state of real stillness.” – Russell Simmons
Just a couple words of advice, if the above meditation exercise does not provide any results for you the first time around or if you don’t feel like it’s working for you, be patient. I didn’t get results the first time I tried it. And there are plenty of people around the world who don’t either. It takes patience and consistency.
But when you do start to experience that profound stillness that Russell Simmons is talking about above, the results that you get from it will transform your entire life from the inside out.
And because this incredible practice will always be available to you at any time or place, you’ll never be bored again.
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