Stuck in a Boredom Rut? - Counselling Newsletter

Stuck in a Boredom Rut? - Counselling Newsletter

Published: 2 July 2018

Sometimes it can feel as though the holidays drag on. With 3 months of doing very little it is easy to become bored, especially when you have been so busy going home for Christmas and celebrating the New Year. After all this excitement you may become stuck in a boring routine. Routine has a bad habit of sucking the fun out of things. The cogs of the daily grind move around and around as one day rolls into the next. Sound familiar? We have some useful tips to help you dig yourself out of that boredom rut that you unknowingly fell into. It’s never too late to enroll in that Spanish class or take those clarinet lessons!

How to tell if you’re stuck in a rut?

There are some tell-tail signs to being stuck in a rut. However, sometimes you might just be so used to hanging out there that you didn’t even realize you had fallen into one! Some people might feel comforted by their routine, but others experience serious boredom with all the sameness in their lives. Some things you might feel if you’re stuck in a rut are:

  • Feeling like your life is lacking excitement
  • Boredom from the lack of variation in your daily routine
  • Feeling like you are always doing the same, old things
  • Not motivated to do anything
  • Having no idea of what would be fun
  • Not looking forward to anything

Some things that you could try…

When stuck in a rut, it’s always great to have a push in the right direction. It can be tempting to do something totally crazy to give yourself that rush of adrenaline that you crave, however this isn’t a sustainable approach. Instead, here are some handy tips to help you put yourself out there and overcome boredom in a safe way:

  • Try something that you have never done before. This might be something that you have always had in the back of your mind but you’ve never got around to trying out. Ask others what they do for fun and see if any of these things interest you. You never know, it might just turn into a new hobby.
  • Go somewhere new. New surroundings can be very refreshing and motivating. It could be a restaurant that you have never tried, or a great park on the other side of town. Changing your scenery can do wonders to boost your mood.
  • Make time for fun. Use your diary and schedule some fun activities to do during the week. Work hard to find the time to commit to these activities and give your mind a well-deserved break. These activities could range from going to a gig to going for a walk on the beach.
  • Put yourself in new social situations. Look for things like clubs or societies to try and meet new people. New people can introduce you to whole new world of activities and interactions that you would not normally come across.
  • Mix up your daily routine. Maybe walk a different way to work or bypass your regular coffee shop and try the next one. Even simple things such as trying new recipes could shake things up a little bit.
  • Attend a class. With more time on your hands during the holidays it will be easier to attend a class for fun. Learning about new things is a great way to expand your horizons. It might be a cooking class, a language class or even a lesson for a new instrument. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.

Breaking the cycle long term. Try to find the time to incorporate some of these ideas into your life on a regular basis, even when you return to study next semester. Not only will you add some variation into your routine, you might actually discover a hidden talent or interest that you never knew you had. Maintaining a balance between study, work and play will also help reduce your stress levels and prevent burn-out.

It can be difficult to break the mould of routine but stick at it and you could be pleasantly surprised with the results. If you find that none of these tips help or you’re struggling to find the strength to put them into action, there might be something going on at a deeper level and you should consider having a chat about it with someone you trust.

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