Is it healthier to be busy or bored?

How many of you feel like you are so busy that you can barely make it through the rest of the week or month? Of course this time of year doesn’t help, but generally speaking, are you someone who is busy or someone who tends to be bored? By nature, I am someone who tends to be on the go all the time. I have many projects going on at once, and I get anxious when I don’t keep busy. I am realizing this is not a totally bad thing.

A new study by Psychological Science confirmed that busy people are happier than those who are bored. I am not saying you should be so busy that you never allow yourself any down time. Quite the opposite. I am simply saying that keeping busy, in moderation of course, is healthier for you than allowing boredom to take over your life. Boredom tends to lead to feeling blue or down. I also believe that quiet time, or periods to decompress, are different than boredom or staying idle in your life. As we approach the New Year, this is the perfect time to get out of the boredom rut, which leads to decreased energy and enthusiasm. Here are some simple tips to go from boredom to busy.

1. Get Creative

I believe each and every one of us is inherently creative by nature. Yes, some people are more creative than others, but everyone has their unique creative edge. If you find yourself bored more often than not, it is time to tap into your creative side. Start a new hobby. Get out the markers and paint. Make a bucket list collage. Try cooking something new. Where are you naturally creative? Do more of it! Start writing a list of ways you can infuse more creativity into your life.

2. De-clutter

I love the word de-clutter for many reasons. I refer to de-cluttering your life from the inside out. If you are bored, I guarantee there are areas of your life that could use some improvement. You can de-clutter your physical space. You can de-clutter your mind. You can de-clutter your relationships. This refers to cleaning up, organizing, and refreshing this part of your life. Just the act of de-cluttering will bring about peace of mind and enthusiasm.

3. Connect with a Friend

There have been many studies that suggest strong social connections actually lengthen your life. Many individuals are busy or in a rut and so they neglect to reach out to their friends. If you are feeling bored or disconnected, pick up the phone and call a friend. Friends will encourage you and support you to live your best life. They will also join you in trying something new or adding a spice of creativity to your life. You do not need to go at this alone.

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