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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Celebrate Anti-Boredom with Some Active Fun

By July 1, 2013

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July is officially Anti-Boredom Month. While many of the stressed and busy among us would relish having enough of a break in the action to be bored, many others find themselves stressed, at least partially, because their lives are boring: working in an unfulfilling job, unable to find a good partner, using television and other passive stress relievers to the point that boredom sets in as a companion to the stress. Or maybe there's just not enough fun stuff to do.

Whatever your boredom level, this month, I challenge you to add some excitement and fun to your life and create the opposite of boredom. If there's something you've been meaning to do in your life, but you've been putting it off for 'when there's more time' (but still find enough time for television), take some steps toward it this month! If there's something you want, but are settling for the easy route, make a plan! It may seem that now isn't the right time to move toward fun and frivolity, or for taking on big new plans in your life (and, don't worry, your plans can be baby steps), but you may actually feel energized by doing something you love and enjoy, and that energy can spill into other areas of your life, and relieve stress at the same time.

What should you add to your life? I recommend what positive psychology refers to as gratifications, which are activities that can add just the right mix of challenge and enjoyment and passion to your life. You can craft a life that includes mostly gratifications--a job that utilizes your strengths and excites you to come to every morning, relationships that are exciting and stimulating, and weekends filled with hobbies, clubs and exercise--or you can add just one or two gratifications, and see how different your life feels. Play with it this month, and see what fits best for you.

What would you love to do to stave off boredom in your life and your family's life? What are you already doing that you love? Please share in the comments section, and pass this along with the share button if you've found it to be helpful. Have a great week!

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Comments
July 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm
(1) kt says:

I have a hard time justifying spending money on frivolity. How do I convince myself that it is OK to spend money to have some fun instead of paying down bills..especially credit cards? I know there are free things to do, but haven’t had a real vacation in years. My life is nothing but work. I work all day and come home and work some more, then on weekends spend both days working around the house because I feel guilty if I do anything fun especially if it costs money. My life is boring and depressing.

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