Finding it hard to keep your mind occupied? Do you find yourself struggling with boredom? Here are a few of the top ways to get your mind stimulated.
- Engage in healthy debate. Get together with friends and have a discussion about something you feel strongly about, for example current affairs or anything you feel passionate about discussing. Hearing other people’s opinions will get you to think about new perspectives. Conversation, especially about topics that stimulate debate, will get you thinking and will take your mind off any worries and eliminate boredom. Being with your friends in general will lift your spirits and will fill you with positive thoughts.
- Read. A good book is one great way to stimulate your mind, and even a light read will give you something relaxing to do and it will take you to another world. A gripping plot will keep you reading and will be thought-provoking. Alternatively, you can go to the cinema or the theatre if reading is not your favourite thing to do.
- Travel to unknown places. At home we are comfortable and relaxed, whereas if we are travelling, it moves us out of that comfort zone and you will pick up new skills such as communicating to people of other cultures. It will feel like an adventure because you will be experiencing things you simply don’t get to do at home. You will meet interesting people and try lots of new foods. You will return home with memories that could last a lifetime.
- Learn a new language. This is an ultimate way to stimulate the mind, as it requires dedication and time. But it will be fun and extremely rewarding. Maybe even team up with a friend and learn together. You can spur each other on and this will help you pick up the new language faster. Then you can travel to that country feeling good because you can speak fluently to the locals, which will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
- Change up your routine. Try one new thing to shake up your normal daily routine, for example trying a new route to work or choosing a brand new recipe for dinner. You could even try a new dance class such as salsa or Zumba. These sorts of activities can introduce you to great new friends, too.
- Study a subject you like. Read up on something that piques your curiosity and learn as much as you can about it. This will give you something to chat about to other people and will inspire passion towards your life. Learning and thinking is what the mind does best, so studying a fascinating subject will stimulate you.
- Try volunteering for a charity. You can find charities online and choose one which speaks to you. Any gifts such as time or money are valuable, and the rewards for taking part are numerous, as you will be making a difference and improving other people’s lives. It will give you a deeper appreciation for what you have and give you peace of mind knowing you have helped a good cause.
- Create art. Whether you love taking pictures or you enjoy painting, make something creative from scratch, such as drawing or writing a story or poem. Once you’ve started, you will be absorbed and your mind will start flowing with ideas. This is where inspiration comes from, and often it takes something fun and artistic to spark off your ideas. Once of your creations could lead to a profitable idea.
- Try learning a musical instrument. This is more challenging, but you could start with choosing an instrument and playing just for fun, and then work up to taking professional classes if you wish. If you look for courses in your local area you should easily find one suitable for you that will fit your schedule. You may find you have a hidden talent. It isn’t until we try new things that we find out what talents are inside us waiting to come out.
- Exercise. It releases endorphins which make you feel happy, and exercising regularly gives you energy. It can optimise your brain for learning. You can try going out for walks, dancing, swimming, cardio or weight-lifting, for example. Team sports like volleyball or basketball are also great because you will make new friends as a bonus.
Disclaimer: These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.