Naturally, you are a very busy person and have many activities you do every day. Do you remember the last time you felt like staying in bed forever or lying on the sofa all day. And this mood stayed with you for hours? It was as if a huge peplum of lassitude was covering your entire body and the only urge you had was to close your eyes and do absolutely NOTHING!
Nonetheless, a little voice inside your head was incessantly reminding you in detail of all the “good” reasons why you should get up and keep up with all the errands you had for the day. This same voice took a harsher tone the moment you realised you had no intention to do so. It accused you of being lazy and when this didn’t motivate you, there was a sudden concern about your well-being. “Maybe there is something seriously wrong with me” the voice prompted. You started to worry and have anxious thoughts. Still, these negative feelings weren’t strong enough to pull you out of bed, and you ended up ruminating between the covers about a very important day passing by in vain.
But what exactly happened to you? Were you really “ill” or “lazy”? Was this the end of your active life?
Not at all! What was really going on was your own inner self, which wisely and with a huge interest for your own welfare, broke free from your non-stop activity. The reason was simple: your body and mind needed a rest. Still, you didn’t have the self-discipline to listen to this simple request. You were forcing yourself to be active so often that you didn’t realise you were wearing yourself out. For this reason, you have an internal system of self-protection which manifests itself through a healthy form of boredom. I stress the word “healthy” because there are two other forms of boredom that hide psychological issues; these are “depression boredom” and “suppressed-anger boredom”, neither of which concern us right now. Let’s take a look at seven important traits of “healthy boredom” that indicate a need for your body to rest and help you revive your creativity:
#1. Healthy boredom appears only for a maximum of a couple of days. Apparently, this duration is the necessary timeframe for the body to have a significant rest and get all the necessary energy to keep up with the person’s creative lifestyle.
#2. When you are in healthy boredom, your mind is clear, full of creative ideas, but you feel this inertial force that keeps you from doing anything (in contrast to the two non-healthy boredoms which act differently).
#3. You feel positive emotions despite your boredom. You are happy and serene and have a high degree of self-acceptance. Nonetheless, if you don’t respect this boredom break, you will soon face negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and irritability from fatigue which will hamper your creative actions.
#4. The moment your body and mind are rested, the mood for action instantly reappears. Once the batteries are charged, you have an unstoppable drive to get up and create!
#5. This feeling of boredom can reappear periodically, which may vary based on your individual – particular activities or agenda. It may visit you only one day out of the month, or you might experience boredom for an entire week out of the month. Listen to your body. It always asks for the proper amount of time you need. Remember, your body isn’t a time waster, it simply needs to recharge.
#6. The best way to deal with this type of boredom is to respect it and wait until it ends. Act as if you have a day off or a mini holiday. Rest and pamper yourself during this time. Otherwise, you will end up dragging yourself to do things without any energy, without any desire, and you will be prone to make mistakes and unproductive decisions due to physical fatigue.
#7. During this time your brain actually “digests” information from recent activity. If you respect this time, you may feel surprised to witness that once active again, you will probably have refreshed ideas and inspiration that will boost your creativity.
If you observe that your boredom doesn’t follow these traits and it comes up more often and for more than a few days in a row, accompanied by negative emotions and a thought drowsiness (clustered mind), you may want to discuss this with a health specialist.
So, what do you think? Are you able to recognize your healthy boredom when it comes? Do you feel awkwardly about it or do you embrace it, realizing that it is merely part of a natural cycle? What do you do when you experience healthy boredom?
Last modified: February 27, 2017