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How to Make Boredom Your Friend (and Not Your Foe)

How to Make Boredom Your Friend (and Not Your Foe)

If you ever caught yourself saying ‘there’s not enough hours in the day,’ you may be living at a hectic (perhaps unsustainable) pace. There are days that can also seem to stretch out forever and do not seem to offer what you want out of life. If you want to make friends with both of these dichotomies (busy and quiet), you can try the following tips. Boredom can truly be a friend rather than foe, especially in recovery.

A Wake-Up Call

New circumstances call for a new perspective on life. You may be feeling like you are not motivated to do anything but find yourself bored out of your mind. The key to realizing how much freedom you have is that you also have freedom to spend it how you like. You’re free to do so many things now. Turn from boredom to freedom and realize this is a wake-up call to take ownership of your life. You can start by trying the following:

  • Get out. If you don’t try new things, you’ll never get out of your boredom trap you’ve fallen into. Classes you might like to take and places you might like to see are just waiting for you to take but it is hard to do if you don’t get motivated. It is hard to stay bored when investing in your own interests.
  • Set goals. You don’t have to find complex or difficult goals to achieve. Just shoot for ones that make the most sense for you. Simple goals are okay, too. Maybe you want to spend more time with kids or finish that degree (finally). Set those goals and do it. This will build momentum to finally get off the couch and do what works for you.
  • Serve others. You can serve others in recovery, serve the homeless, serve veterans. There are always people who are struggling behind you that need a hand up. If you love animals, head to a rescue shelter. Give back in some way and get your head out of the doldrums you’re locked into. Don’t ever feel like you cannot get out of where you are right this moment. Life is waiting to happen to you.

Honor the Silence

Stillness has become a dirty word in a culture that speaks of mindfulness one one hand while saying you can also be simultaneously busy on the other. To work in tandem, it has to be done in balance. Creating a frazzling schedule without drugs and alcohol is not doing you any favors. Don’t push yourself so hard you end up over the edge of the other cliff of relapse because you were bored, then overwhelmed, and landed in rehab again. You are better than that and deserve the rest and peace waiting for you in silence. Give yourself space to rest, be bored, and experience quiet but also honor times of busyness and bustle that keeps you moving forward and feeling fulfilled.

If you want to give rehab a try, we are the place to come. We provide rest for your body and spirit and a space to figure out what you need to do to move forward. If you are stuck in addiction, let us help you figure out how to untangle the knots one at a time and support you in a new vision of sober life.  Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401