Boredom can be good for you
Boredom is not all bad. Despite its many drawbacks, boredom can actually be good for your brain as it can help reduce stress and anxiety, believes bestselling author N.A. Turner. Prof. Enticott of Deakin University explains that feeling bored leads to the “activation of areas linked to negative emotions like fear and disgust. But we also see activation within various regions of the prefrontal cortex, which is largely responsible for our planned, goal-directed behavior.” Prof. Enticott believes that feeling bored is just like experiencing other negative emotions, “it motivates our behavior. It’s a way of keeping us on our toes, and aware of what’s going on around us.”
According to a 2013 study, feeling boredom “plays a valuable role in human goal pursuit.” The study adds that it “is a discrete functional emotion, and serves to encourage people to seek new goals and experiences.” Another 2014 study revealed that it is “a state that monitors and regulates our behavior. It informs us when we are out of tune with our interests, and, on account of its aversive character, motivates us to engage in situations that are perceived by us as fulfilling or meaningful. Boredom is important. It safeguards us from emotional traps and long-term dullness.”
However, it doesn’t mean that you have to feel bored and ‘blah’ as long you are stuck inside. The important thing is that when we feel empty inside, we need to pursue things that make us feel satisfied and fulfilled.
Also read: Mental Health Benefits Of Boredom
Fight boredom and be productive
Now that you know boredom can actually be good for you when you know how to deal with you, make sure you use all this time productively. By using this time smartly, you can focus on your own personal development and have some relaxing downtime.
The tips mentioned in this article will enable you to make the most of your time while you are stuck at home and prevent you from feeling bored. So go ahead and use your time wisely to empower your mind, body and soul. And don’t forget to have fun.
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