Stress Relief Tool – Allow Yourself To Be Bored

Let your mind be bored - even for a few minutes - and reap the rewards of reduced stress.

This one is a tough one if you are an overachiever like me, but who doesn’t like a challenge? Allow yourself to be bored, even for an hour or less. If you don’t fight it, the feelings of boredom will be replaced with feelings of peace. And after a little practice, you will learn to relax.

Much of our anxiety and inner struggle stems from our busy, overactive minds always needing something to focus on and always wondering “what’s next?” The beauty of doing nothing is that it teaches you to clear your mind and relax. It allows your mind the freedom to “not know,” for a brief period of time.

Just like your body, your mind needs an occasional break from its hectic routine. When you allow your mind to take a break, it comes back stronger, sharper, more focused and creative. When you allow yourself to be bored, it takes an enormous amount of pressure off you to be performing and doing something every second of every day.1

Next time a slot in your busy day unexpectedly opens, resist the temptation of filling it with other work or chores. Instead, pour yourself a hot beverage and relax with your own thoughts, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Your mind needs a break from sprinting just like your body would.


  1. Carlson, R. – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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