I remember when I was young and told my dad, “I’m so bored! There’s nothing to do! Why is this so boring?” Of course, I said it in the super whinnnnnny voice of a 12-year-old (no offense if you are 12 and reading this post, but maybe you shouldn’t be?). His response was, “Being bored is great! One day you’ll wish you were bored!” I rolled my eyes and disagreed passionately. I was very passionate.
Fast forward a few years…
I WANT TO BE BORED! Better yet, I want to be bored for a week straight on a beach doing nothing at all! Nothing at all! And then get back to normal because I would miss my kids and my dog (I seriously just typed dog. 😢 Please refer to my post about losing my Shay). I’d probably bring my husband along to enjoy the boredom, too. My Dad was right again. Being bored is so much fun!
With children, work, sports, birthday parties, exercise, cooking, cleaning, eating, vacuuming, driving, flossing, changing diapers, laundry and all those other time-consuming tasks, it’s hard to appreciate the feeling of doing little and focusing on less. The good thing is that I’m superwoman and can do all of them at once while drinking coffee and writing a blog post. Sure…
So what should you do when you want to be bored?
Here are 10 things to do to add a little boredom into your life:
1. Read the same book to your toddler ten times in a row. It’s boring because you almost forget what you are reading and who is turning the pages. But it’s super rewarding to have your little one sitting on your lap for so long without interruptions.
2. Take a hot bath and listen to the wall clock in the background. Don’t be afraid to plop in one of those fuzzy little ball things. See now? Isn’t that boring? And oh-so-relaxing?
3. Get up an hour before your children, grab a cup of coffee and go look at the trees in your backyard. If you don’t have trees, look at the green grass. I love the color green.
4. Sit in your living room and look at the blank television screen. Do not turn it on. Just look at it and enjoy the silence.
5. Before you start your day at work, sit at your chair for a few minutes and take a few deep breaths- in and out. In and out.
6. Take yourself out to lunch and leave your electronics in the car. Be sure to look around. Enjoy your food. Appreciate the taste of your beverage. It’s boring and liberating at the same time.
7. Go get a professional massage. Fall asleep if you so desire.
8. Ask that neighbor of yours that has a pool if you can borrow it for a few hours while they are not home. Purchase a raft and float on it for as long as they will let you. Don’t forget your sunscreen.
9. Watch Caillou with your kids. Just kidding. Don’t ever do that! It’s torture!
9. (second attempt) Color a picture out of an adult coloring book for your daughter. There are so many small and mind-numbing details. Seriously? But she will appreciate it!
10. Go get a manicure and a pedicure, but this time, wait under the UV lights for the suggested amount of time. Do not move until your nails are completely dry. I dare you!
There are many benefits to being bored. Being bored can mean more snuggle time with your son, the ability to focus on one thing at a time and an opportunity to reset. Do you get wrapped up in what needs to be done? Do the days seem to fly away from you? Yep, it’s official.
You need more boredom in your life!
This post was written after a long day of working, running around Omaha and drinking a lot of coffee until probably too late in the day. That’s probably why I am still up writing this post.