Feeling bored generally occurs when nothing in the environment captures your interest or attention. Boredom can start with your mind, but it can also quickly affect your body and your emotions. For example, you may feel restless or fatigued and your mood may plummet.
Boredom is one of the things people with ADHD fear the most and they will do everything they can to avoid it. If you are a person with ADHD, some of these circumstances are likely to be familiar to you:
- Hanging up the phone when they put you on hold even if you’re in the middle of solving a major problem
- Eat something even if you are not hungry
- Call someone even if you don’t have much of a relationship just to have someone to talk to
- Going to bed late even if you’re tired just to avoid the boredom of lying in bed waiting to fall asleep
- Argue often with others
- Acting dangerously, for example reckless driving
The opposite of boring is interested, energized, and cheerful. Adults with ADHD are always looking for new or stimulating things because when they are interested in something, the executive functions of the brain are activated and the brain works well.
When a task is boring or mundane, not only is it very difficult to stay mentally engaged, but there are other negative consequences as well. For example, they may have daytime sleepiness where they fall asleep in the middle of an activity, even if they get enough sleep the night before. Some people experience depression if their environment is not stimulating.
How to avoid boredom if you have ADHD
If you have ADHD and boredom can get on you sometimes, then it will be important to keep a few things in mind. For example, follow these tips to make boredom a thing of the past in your life.
Get to know yourself and your favorite ways to avoid boredom
Here are some common examples of boredom: trying new and different, spending time with people who give you positive energy, doing activities that give you adrenaline, running or playing sports, solving problems, adding movement, being practical, etc.
When you know your favorite shapes, design your life around these things, so that each day is interesting for you. This includes your job and how you approach tasks in your job description, your hobbies, and how you do mundane tasks in life; like housework.
If necessary, write down everything you have in your head about the things that they bring you and the activities that you like. Once you have them written, you can organize your life with this in mind.
Prepare for life
Life is full of delays, so keep a variety of activities on hand. For example, if you are flying, grab a magazine that is visual, a book that you can absorb yourself in, as well as a puzzle book. Don’t leave things to chance and hope that there is a good movie to watch or that you will be sitting next to someone entertaining.
Use the timer
Using a timer can make even the most boring things interesting. The timer creates a sense of urgency and excitement. Play these games with yourself. For example, you can see if you can do the entire dish washing in 15 minutes. But without losing quality to your actions !?
Find the balance
It’s good to be self-aware because you don’t like feeling bored and therefore you can do whatever you can to avoid it. However, don’t be too afraid of getting bored because there will be times in life when you won’t be able to do anything. If you are bored, it is good to know that you can enjoy it. Meditation and exercise are 2 daily habits that help you endure boring and unexpected parts of your day.