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.

1) Engage in healthy debate

Get together with friends and have a discussion about something you feel strongly about, like current affairs or politics. Hearing other people’s opinions can encourage you to think about new perspectives. Conversation, especially about topics that stimulate debate, inspires you to start thinking about a variety of issues and take your mind off any worries and eliminate boredom. Being with your friends in general can lift your spirits and fill you with positive thoughts.

2) Read

A good book is one great way to stimulate your mind, and even a light read can relax you and take you to another world. A gripping plot is a great way to keep you reading and thinking. Alternatively, you can go to the cinema or the theatre if reading is not your favourite thing to do.

3) 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 allows us to pick up new skills such as communicating to people of other cultures. It feels like an adventure because you experience things you simply don’t get to do at home. Try meeting new people and eating lots of new foods. Your memories could last a lifetime.

4) Learn a new language

This is a fantastic way to stimulate the mind, as it requires dedication and time. But it can also 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 to pick up the new language faster. Then you can travel to that country feeling good because you can speak fluently to the locals, which can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

5) 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.

6) 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 can inspire passion towards your life. Learning and thinking is what the mind does best, so try studying a fascinating subject to stimulate it.

7) 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. Volunteering can give you a deeper appreciation for what you have and give you peace of mind knowing you have helped a good cause.

8) Create art

Whether you love taking pictures, painting, make something creative from scratch, drawing or writing a story or poem, creating something artistic is a wonderful way to stimulate the mind. Once you’ve started, you might end up being absorbed and your mind might start flowing with ideas. This is where inspiration comes from, and often it takes something fun and artistic to spark off your ideas. One of your creations could lead to a profitable idea.

9) 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.

10) 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.

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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.

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