So why do adults and children alike have such an aversion to being bored and how can we embrace a state of mind that can have so many positive outcomes, like reducing stress, improving cognitive function and inspiring creativity.
With the impending Christmas break approaching, what better a time to give boredom a go. Try just sitting without any phones or devices, being still and observing the environment and the beauty of nature. You will be surprised what your mind unravels; it may lead to personal reflection, a creative thought, or even a total stroke of genius. It has been said that some of history’s greatest geniuses, Albert Einstein and Issac Newton, to name a few, were great daydreamers. By embracing boredom, you will also be setting an excellent example to your children who are so used to being stimulating that the idea of being bored it utterly repulsive. So, if you hear the phrase “I’m bored”, these school holidays. Make your response- “Great, let’s be bored together”.