The joy of being bored...

Who is the saboteur? The unconscious in everyday life

May 26 2020 • 5 mins

What do you do when you feel bored?  Do you turn to your mobile phone for distraction or just nod off?

There has never been so much to do. Whenever we feel the slightest twinge of boredom, we reach for our smartphone for instant gratification. If you walk around any city you will see people gazing down at their phones, rather than paying attention to what is going on around them. We live in a society where we are chronically over stimulated - 24 hour social media, shopping and TV.

We should embrace boredom as a luxury of modern life, rather than fear and avoid it.

The next time you feel bored, resist reaching for a distraction and instead turn your attention inwards. Allow your mind to wander. This is when creativity starts to kick in and your mind looks for stimulation from your internal world, not the external world. When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.