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.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

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Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

4 comments

Marcus Christian

Fantastic video and read Pete. We condition ourselves to think and do. Think and do. Think and do. Anything else would be absurdly uncomfortable therefore for many, not worth trying.

Mindfulness is difficult at first but can stem automatically from that moment of bordem, if one allows. Instead of sitting, worrying or fearing that you are not doing enough; saddened at the prospect of missing out. Just be.

Professor Pete Alexander

Thanks Marcus – I couldn’t agree more with you! Being bored should not be a stressful experience. As you said, if someone is mindful of the opportunity to just be, they will benefit immensely from the downtime.

Randy McNeely

Spot on Pete! Great insights. Thank you for sharing!

Professor Pete Alexander

Thank you for your kind words Randy – I greatly appreciate you my friend!

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