The Need to Change to Eliminate Boredom

The phenomenon that we call “boredom” is something that starts within ourselves. If you look up its definition, you can find that the meaning of boredom is something like this:

Boredom – an emotional state or feeling an individual experiences when one feels like there is nothing left to do or one is left uninterested with his or her surroundings.

Given that definition, you have to look deeper on what boredom really is. You’re probably going to ask questions. How does it happen? Why does it happen? But most importantly, where does it start?

A common misconception that we have is that boredom comes from the world around us. We think that the world around us is boring that it infects us with its boredom, leading us to feel tired and uninterested. However, that’s not actually the case. We often say things like, “I’m talking with someone boring,” or “This place is so boring.” We often blame everything around us whenever we get bored. But when you think about it, boredom doesn’t come from what surrounds us. Boredom comes from within us. Once you realize that boredom isn’t some sort of plague or disease, but rather a feeling that brews within us, you can start your battle against boredom.

Once that you know that boredom comes from within ourselves, realize that you need to change as well.

First off, you need to change. Not in a sense that you need to change yourself entirely. What you need to do is to change your attitude and change your outlook in life and the world. The way you look at the world contributes to your feeling of getting bored. If you look at the world with weary and tiresome eyes, chances are that you’re going to get bored easily. There are a lot of things to do and to enjoy in the world. It’s not such a sad and pitiful place to live in. Getting bored is actually an attitude, as Dr. S.K. Sharma would say it. It’s not because that the world is boring. It’s because that you let boredom enter your life and made you idle. You need to change that way of thinking. Whenever you get bored, just try and say to yourself, “I’m bored. I’m going to go and do something!”

Life is all about how you see it – perspective. When you think life is dull and boring, then it will be. But if you think that the world’s filled with countless adventures to be had and numerous mysteries that need to be uncovered, then life will be filled with lots of excitement and never-ending fun.

Boredom often comes when your own life is in clutter. It means that you do have time for yourself but you don’t know how to use it or you end up using it poorly. What you need to do is to organize the things in your life. Make a list of the things that you want to do and start making a routine. For example, you can go exercise, play sports, do a hobby – just keep doing something that can make you busy. Something productive.

You need to understand that the only thing that’s going to be permanent in our lives is change. No matter what you do, change will always be there. At one point, you may be at the peak of life and enjoying everything it has to offer. But at the next moment, you might be tired and weary, bored of the world since you’ve ran out of things to do. We have to accept that fact. But how can we set ourselves free from this ruthless truth? How can we fight against the tides of boredom? It’s simple – you keep up.

When you think you’ve ran out of things, hobbies or anything recreational to do, research and experiment on the brand new things you can do to. If you aren’t used to reading, try picking up and reading a book. Who knows? The very thing you hate might become your most favorite hobby if you give it a chance. Change on how you dress up to spice things up a bit. Renovate your house and rearrange furniture to experience a new perspective starting in your own home. Change the setup of your desk at work, bringing about a new air of productivity and creativity. Experiment by changing certain things in your life and certainly, you’ll be sweeping away boredom slowly but surely.

Most of us have a certain routine, especially when we have work or we have school to think about. It’s been a common phenomenon that most people feel like not working or don’t feel like going to work because they’re bored or they don’t feel satisfied. That’s because most people feel like work is a chore. And if you think of work as a chore, it will get boring – fast. You might hear people saying things like, “You should leave and pursue what your heart tells you,” or something similar to that. But truth be told, no one wants to quit or leave a job, especially now that the economy is kind of predictable. You never know when or where you might get a job. A lot of people are even finding a hard time finding one.

But instead of leaving, why not change yourself instead of your environment? If you feel that work is uninteresting and unfulfilling, then do something that will get your gears moving. You can change the arrangement of your personal desk. Add more things that pronounce your identity, but at a certain limit that your workplace would allow. Start accepting more load of work, as long as you can handle it. Being a busy bee certainly has its perks and it gets you moving around. Furthermore, it will start to change on how your coworkers see you as well. You’ll be recognized as more responsible, a dependable person, a hard working individual and someone who can handle the job. With this, there will be a lot opportunities coming your way and gradually, change will come into your life that will bring about a new sense of joy and meaning.

A change of pace is what we need most of the time. Whenever we’re tired, we think of our lives as boring or tiresome. If you live a fast-paced life filled with nerve-wracking decisions that you need to make within seconds, you need some time to slow down and chill out for a bit. This is common for those living the city life where work just seems to never leave your mind. Take a day or two to relax a bit. Organize and sort out the things in your life so that you can keep up. Sit back and relax for a while without thinking of anything else. If you’re up for it, you can go to serene locations and meditate. Reaching a point of zen and peace can certainly bring you back and readjust the pace of your life.

But if you’re living a mellow routine going at a slow pace, then you need to do the opposite. People who have this kind of lifestyle often think that life has nothing more to offer and there’s nothing in the world that’s fun anymore. What you need to do is the opposite of your routine then. Take up things that will get your blood pumping and your adrenaline rushing through your veins. Take up sports or hobbies that incite the level of your excitement. If you’re really, really, really bored out of your wits, then you need some extreme measures. Take up some rock climbing or wall climbing. If it’s during the winter season, do some snowboarding and some skiing. If you’re planning your vacation during the summer, go to the beach and go surfing, go scuba diving and go jet skiing – there’s a lot of things that you can do in the beach.


As you’ve read on, you might have noticed that changing the little things in your life certainly has an impact. When you change your attitude, your outlook, your perspective, or your pace, boredom has no way to keep up with all the things that you’re doing.

Oftentimes, the thing that hinders us from our goals and what makes us think that we are boring and insufficient is ourselves. Self-esteem and confidence play their own roles in our lives too. Boredom in our lives is a dreaded thing to have as it brings about a number of negative emotions and feelings with it. It makes us tired. It makes us weary. It makes us lazy. It makes us slow. We often blame the world around us why it is uninteresting, why it’s boring, why it doesn’t have anything that can spark that light within you. But little by little, you have to understand that boredom doesn’t come from the world around us. Boredom comes from within us. And to fight boredom, you have to make the little changes in your life – starting with yourself. Read more