Minimalism is a great way to live your life. It will remove the stress of choice, the burden of clutter, and will help you to appreciate the small things. However, if you’re used to a life that’s full of technology and distractions, you might start to feel bored. Here’s how to avoid boredom as a minimalist.
Expand your horizons
One of the best ways to combat boredom is to learn something new. Whether that’s mastering a new language, learning to play the guitar, or just reading a book, expanding your horizons will combat boredom in a productive way. Before you know it, you will have a new skill and something new to talk about.
Keep multiple to-do lists
Lots of people keep to-do lists for their everyday lives. But what about keeping a to-do list of big picture stuff? Make a detailed list of everything you want to achieve, everything you want to try out, and everything that needs doing (that doesn’t have time pressure). Then, when you’re feeling bored, refer back to your list and do something productive with your time.
Learn how to meditate
Meditation and minimalism go hand-in-hand. Removing the pursuit of material possessions from your life is a very Buddhist thing to do. Why not take it further and learn to master meditation? It will help you to combat boredom and will also help you find balance in your life.
Watch for triggers
Boredom is like any mental state – it has triggers. Something can trigger you to make you feel bored (even if you’re not). Learning these triggers will help you combat the feeling of boredom. This will take some introspection, but it will help you stay on task.
Boredom happens when the mind isn’t occupied. Even something as simple as coloring can help people combat boredom because it focuses the mind on a task. Here are three simple ways to keep yourself occupied.
One of the best things about minimalism is learning to make things for yourself. Instead of spending money on material possessions, you can learn to create things for yourself, whether that’s knitting yourself a new jumper using wool or carving a spoon from wood. Mastering a new skill will allow you to create your own tools and more. This is a sure-fire way to combat boredom as a minimalist.
Do tasks mindfully
Mindfulness is part of meditation. However, you don’t need to sit cross-legged in a quiet room to be mindful. You can practice mindfulness while going about your everyday tasks. Try to practice moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and environment.
Go for a walk
This might sound like a simple piece of advice. And that’s because it is! It’s almost impossible to feel bored when you’re moving because you have to constantly focus on what you’re doing. Leave the house, go for a walk, and watch your boredom disappear. Then, when you get home, you will feel tired out and ready to do nothing for a while.