Combatting Boredom

“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.” – Thomas S. Szasz, Hungarian psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at State University of Health Science Center in Syracuse

How often have we looked at the day before us as a continuation of all the days before and seen nothing in the future but more of the same? This is something that we may feel particularly in the early days of recovery, and it’s not very pleasant. There is, of course, an antidote to boredom. And that it curiosity. When we open our minds to the possibility of discovering and learning something new, to exploring the unknown, to pushing ourselves to expand our horizons, we put boredom at bay. In fact, developing a curiosity about life is a sure-fire way to combat boredom on a permanent basis.

It’s easy to develop curiosity. List things that interest you. Then figure out ways to do them. It may mean you need to take a class or join a group or get out and build something. Whatever it is that you need to do to get going, just do it. It helps to have hobbies and interests that you really like, but there are many more activities and pursuits that you may never have thought of getting involved with before. Now’s the time to do that. Combat boredom today by piquing your curiosity.

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