Boredom: Excitingly dull remedy to fighting off college stress

By Annastazia Camarena

I’ve come to realize we are no longer just human beings.

With apps for everything you could ever think of, to countless social media sites to scroll through and life’s incalculable demands, we have become human doings.

College students are some of the busiest young adults I know. Many college students are juggling a full course load, work and their own social lives. It amazes me they still find time for themselves.

We applaud those who can accomplish their to-do lists; most people admire their productivity but disregard the fact that they are burning themselves out.

The fact is we aren’t perfect robots. We need time to unwind and do nothing or, in other words, be bored.

And doing exactly that is surprisingly good for you and your mentally stability and creativity.

Sarah Hoffman, sophomore 3-D studio art major, said she relieves stress by “walking my dogs and helping my sister work on [her] agility by playing Frisbee.”

As a commuter from Naperville, when Hoffman has gaps in her class schedule, she often spends most her “free time outdoors” enjoying the summer weather.

As we start a new semester, it’s important to manage your time and incorporate some of it in your hectic schedule to just be bored.

Jon Kabat-Zinn once said, “When you pay attention to boredom, it gets unbelievably interesting.”

Boredom, which is relaxation for many, has great advantages to your productivity in the long run. Do you ever wonder why you feel so tired throughout the day? Well, unlike the machine bodies we think we have, our human bodies need rest periodically during our daily routines. This is also true for the mind. We need mental breaks so we won’t burn ourselves out by two in the afternoon. Once we renew our energy, we can spend more time giving our full attention to the task in front of us.

Being bored can also spark creativity. Consider daydreaming in between classes and you will find your mind is rejuvenated with lively energy before having to sit still for another lecture.

Having nothing to do can push you to discover a new hobby or interest you may have never tried before.

Who knows? Before you know it, you might find yourself enjoying doodling mini comics or joyfully whistling a catchy tune.

You can also become more aware of how you are feeling, mentally and physically, with the help of boredom.

Set aside time to sit and focus on your breathing, relieve stress and get your sanity back with a daily meditation session.

Boredom is widely believed to be such a horrible thing when there is so much to be done, especially as a college student, but people should reconsider it.

It’s okay to do nothing and be bored; in fact, I recommend it.

Put down your phone, be still, focus on your breathing and let your worries take the back burner for a few minutes. You won’t regret it.