According to the researchers at the York University in Ontario, Canada, boredom is an aversive state of wanting, but being unable to engage in satisfying activity.
We have access to so much entertainment: news, books, blogs, television, movies, internet, social media, game consoles, friends… how can we possibly be bored? Chronic boredom is responsible for myriad of negative behaviors and outcomes such as binge eating, drug and alcohol abuse, gambling, sex addiction, truancy, excessive risk taking and much more.
We are surrounded by friends, we are watching TV, browsing internet, texting on the phone and while doing all that we are still bored! The problem is we are overstimulated. The more entertainment we have, the more entertainment we need in order to feel satisfied the next day. We need less stimulation. Feeling a little bored today will help us feel less bored tomorrow. Get in the habit engaging in slower- paced activities such as reading a book/blog, attending a lecture, going for a walk.
Routine can be boring, on the upside it reduces anxiety about the unpredictability of life. Get into the routine, but have sufficient time to explore, pursue hobbies and passions.
We are addicted to opiates. The human body naturally produces its own opiates called endorphins (endogenous morphine) that give us pleasure, influence mood and perception of pain. Opiate drugs, such as morphine, heroin, codeine and opium structurally resemble our body’s endorphins. Those who suffer from drug addiction or chronic boredom have been found to have fewer dopamine receptors in the brain, meaning they require more dopamine in order to experience the same level of stimulation.
Boredom is a tool that, if used properly, could propel us to achieve wonderful things. Remember to balance your life, have time for relaxation, routine. Have time for stimulation.