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Our colleagues at The Morning looked at how you can fight the feeling of tired routines, which people are so desperate to escape that in one study, 67 percent of men and 25 percent of women chose to shock themselves over sitting alone with their thoughts.
So how can you fight it (without electric shocks)?
Try new things. Boredom can result from feeling unchallenged, explains Erin Westgate of the University of Florida, for the website The Conversation. So use the downtime of the pandemic to take on a new activity, like cooking, gardening, home improvement, genealogy or exercise. There are online classes for almost anything these days.
Socialize safely. Boredom has led some Americans to behave unsafely, at parties, bars and elsewhere, Luke Fernandez and Susan Matt write in Salon. But it’s possible to see other people safely — on a walk or a bike ride, during a masked or outdoor grocery run or, if all else fails, over a video chat.
Embrace boredom, to a point. Letting your mind wander can free up time for creative thinking. “The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed,” the great psychologist Amos Tversky said. “You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”
Thanks for starting your day with me. See you next time.
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