Boredom is Stressful!

A New York Times article reported that boredom (having nothing interesting to do), can be as stressful as having too much to do.

This is no surprise to me, as I have seen countless bored teens and adults who lack interesting pastimes and hobbies and who exhibit an array of stress-related symptoms that are unrelated to employment, financial hardship, relationship issues, or other factors.

So how do I help people who present with stress?
For those who are overwhelmed by home, job, and relationship responsibilities, I work on stress management techniques that target a range of symptoms and behaviors. I create what I call a “therapeutic toolbox” of stress management techniques to help the individual cope with the stress and its accompanying issues. We also examine the causes and sustaining factors that underlie the stress and what changes can be made to ensure a long term solution. Mindfulness meditation, self-hypnosis, relaxation training, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), moving meditation (such as Yoga,Tai Chi, Walking Meditation), reasonable exercise (especially walking), and many other tools and techniques are implemented. I tend to recommend a number of inexpensive apps that are also helpful.

For those who suffer from Boredom related stress, I work on helping the individual form a sense of purpose, set reasonable and attainable short and long term goals, and find meaning in the work they do as well as in their day to day activities.I focus on helping resolve sleep related issues (both insomnia and oversleeping). I utilize many of the same techniques listed above but with a different emphasis and approach.

I do not use a “cookie-cutter” approach with everyone who comes to therapy for stress management. I do use an individualized approach that is tailored to the particular needs of the person.: A Humanistic, Holistic, and comprehensive approach.
Let’s not forget that some stress is vital to our existence and necessary to our functioning. It is when there is an imbalance that stress management techniques need to be implemented for long term relief.

If you would like to learn more about how I would work with you and your unique set of circumstances and stressors, please give me a call or send me an email at 908-500-7295 or If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with me, please click on the blue “Book Now” button on the right.

Here is the link to the New York Times article: CLICK HERE