Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dealing With Boredom

I am bored. I mean really, really bored. 

I can't seem to find anything I would like to do today. There seems to be nothing on televisions (we have a direct-to-home satellite thingy that proudly boasts of having 200+ channels but... nothing appeals to me today). I have tried playing music on my laptop yet not one of the 800+ songs I have seem to do the trick.

YouTube managed to hold my interest for a while. I had a few glorious minutes of watching Travis Wall dance videos. Then... boredom hit again... with a vengeance.

I have lots of books but I have read all of them before (more than 3 times.... I lost count of how many times I have re-read The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter books). I have a lot of DVDs... but not even my favorite X-Files discs have any appeal. Darn! 

Maybe all this has something to do with having a twisted ankle. Yesterday, on my way home from town, I managed to trip and twist my right ankle. I somehow managed to walk to the bus stop, get a ride home, and put some ice on my swollen ankle. It was pretty painful and I could not move about. Although its not as painful now, it has restricted my activities.

Here I am, stuck on the living room couch with my right leg elevated (and bandaged)... trying to find something to take the boredom away. Sigh... 

I tried to go outside to look at the flowers in Dad's garden. But not even the fragrance of the sampaguita blossoms could make me snap out of my boredom.

Sampaguita blossoms in the garden

It is also a very hot day. The monsoon is said to have arrived but while other places are dealing with flooding, we are sweating buckets. It rained a little for two days straight but since yesterday, its been scorching hot. 

Ahh... boredom.... how does one deal with it? I have a deadline for some articles so I guess I need to get back to work writing. But the boredom is making it tough to focus on much of anything.

I guess it is time to take my ultimate weapon in my arsenal of secret weapons (and secret stashes of chocolates and instant noodles LOL). It is time to play my CD of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It never fails to lift my spirits no matter what ails me. Now if only I could remember where I put it....hmmm.

I guess all of us have ways of dealing with things. When I am depressed, I need chocolates... the type that melts in my mouth without nuts or raisins or fruits. When I am feeling under the weather, a grilled cheese sandwich picks me up. When I am in no mood to do much of anything, I pick up a book and have a marathon reading session. 

I have a friend who deals with boredom by hitting the movie theaters. Another one loves to shop. I guess we all have ways of picking ourselves up when we are in a slump. 

A lesson that I have learned through my many years of being alive on this Earth, is that when things are not so rosy and you feel a little off, it is best to take your focus away on things that will make you feel worse.

It is when I am feeling off that I remember the sadder parts of my life and I feel worse. It is a downward spiral. Even if it is a simple thing like boredom, you get tempted to travel back down memory lane and it is the "not so pleasant" things that jump readily to mind. Shake them off.

Get some ice cream, enjoy some wild music, go outside and dig some holes in the ground and plant Begonias... whatever you can think of to get your mind focused on something else, do it. 

Which is why I am writing this post. I need to shake off the boredom and focus on something that will bring me back to normalcy. And, believe it or not, I am feeling a little better already.

Try it! :)
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