Battling Boredom with Mindfulness
We introduced the concept of mindfulness when we talked about urge surfing and mindful conflict resolution, and this is something we’ll continue to return to because it has so many benefits for those of us living an alcohol-free life.
Mindful.org defines mindfulness as:
“the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us”
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for us to use to reconnect to our bodies. This is something that is challenging and important when we’ve ended habitual alcohol use, which disconnects us from our bodies. Mindfulness can be especially helpful to apply to boredom. Often, boredom stems from a discomfort of simply being with ourselves, and if we’re able to gain more awareness and appreciation for this, we can learn how to enjoy our own company without need of distraction.
When we’re feeling a little bored or restless, we know that this is a time when we’re especially at risk for returning to our past drinking behaviors as a way to fill our time and quickly alter our state. We reviewed a few things that you can do to fill your time in this article, but practicing mindfulness is another helpful boredom buster. As we discussed in urge surfing, mindfulness is a distress tolerance technique, meaning it improves our ability to handle distress (even boredom) better the more we use it. Mindfulness and meditation can be excellent boredom busters.