Tuesday, June 18, 2013

5 Things to Do When You're Bored

By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

 Many patients tell me on a daily basis that their number one fear of getting clean is because they fear feeling bored.  It amazes me to write that sentence because boredom, to me, is such a tiny enemy that it is to be mocked more than feared.  However, that is not the case for everyone.  

The truth is getting high or drunk or stoned or tweaked or whatever you want to call it is an activity that keeps you occupied, and thus, not bored.  And that is a good thing if you are in active addiction because those who struggle with addiction hate boredom. 

People who do not abuse alcohol or drugs also experience boredom.  However, the difference is, they usually go and do something about it.  The problem with boredom, for those stuck in addiction is that, it is a wide-open space that leaves room for emotions that are not pleasant to surface and rear their ugly head.  Addiction is a feelings disease and feelings are the one thing that most, if not all addicts, are running from in the first place! 

So, here is the way to deal with boredom.  Do something about it!  I know.  I know.  It's earth shattering isn't it?!?  While you're probably not that impressed with my answer, allow me to explain.

Boredom operates and succeeds only when you are unwilling to do something about it to make it go away.  It is the chief 'time-killer' and 'dream-stealer' in people's lives but it must have an active participant in order to work its magic.  Therefore, if you decide that whenever you feel bored you are going to immediately do something about it, you have just defeated boredom with an uppercut to the chin.  So, take a look at these suggestions below and come up with some of your own too!

Here are 5 things to do when you're bored:

1.  Go outside:  Talk a walk.  Ride your bike.  Do push-ups.  Swim in a lake.  Have a picnic lunch.  Smell the proverbial roses.
2.  www.stumbleupon.com:  This website is great for finding new, cool, and random websites for you under just about any topic you can imagine.
3.  Take a nap:  It's not avoiding bordeom.  It's re-charging so you can live to fight boredom again at another time.  A re-charged brain is a happy brain. 
4.  Call a friend:  Conversation and connection are key in recovery.  You can start by telling your friend that you are bored.  Let them know ahead of time that one day you may call them in the midst of a 'boredom spell'.  You will be surprised how receptive your fellow addicts and alcoholics will be to help you with your boredom struggles.
5.  Listen to music:  Music is great for the heart, the mind, and the soul.  Sometimes, it even helps in healing with the body.  Check out a band or style of music you've never heard before and then share it with a friend.  Search for new music on iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify. 

Bored yet?

I didn't think so!  ;)

At The Coleman Institute, we believe in you!  We want to help you get clean and stay clean so you can experience all the beautiful, wonderful and interesting things this world has to offer.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.  

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