Boredom during the pandemic?

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Discover how to detect, overcome and use boredom to your advantage. Learn to calibrate your brain and achieve a state of flow. Read more here!

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Boredom not only consumes us a lot of energy and decreases performance, it can also be the trigger for emotions such as anger and aggression, or contribute to harmful behaviors such as smoking and alcohol consumption and, although it is different from depression, it can be a factor that contribute to suffering it, according to scientific studies on this topic.

Although boredom occurs in the brain as a failure in the attention system, and scientifically known to be triggered as an alarm signal in the face of failure to stay motivated by a task, it can also unleash a positive ideation process in one and dare to do something new, as happened in the first year of the pandemic, explained Rosalinda Ballesteros, Director of the Institute of Wellbeing and Happiness Sciences of Universidad Tecmilenio during her presentation at the Wellbeing 360 virtual event.

The also doctor in Humanistic Studies, Master of Science from Tec de Monterrey and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, details that during confinement, we learned to deal with new things, such as cooking, painting, or others. skills we didn't have. However, with the long duration of the confinement, there may be a predisposition that new activities such as classes, meetings and online work are boring and tiring again, and lead to apathy.

In the Emotional Impact Report of the pandemic in the United States, carried out last May, it was found that 53 percent of those surveyed said they feel more bored now than before the pandemic. Likewise, according to data from the Citizen Trust and Impulse Line coordinated by Patricia Trejo, it was known that the largest range of calls comes from those between 11 and 30 years old, followed by those between 31 and 40 years old.

What do we do with boredom?

How do we conspire against them to increase the well-being of children, youth and adults? The specialist who gives some recommendations for the brain to recalibrate and reach a state of flow, which is when we feel so focused and full on what we are doing that we forget time.

  • Blame the one who is bored:      We remove the judgment on it and acknowledge it to know what I have to do about it.
  • Talk about boredom:      The word is generally used to define a wide range of emotions, but the interesting thing is to find out why we get bored. Boredom tells us a lot about how we are experiencing the world. If we talk about these emotions in a natural way, we will have a better chance to face and overcome it.
  • Get to know ourselves or our children or students:      It is vital to know our feelings and character strengths through self-observation. Our strengths help us face negative emotions and give way to energy and motivation.
  • Detect the phases of boredom: This has a message and we have to be aware of the moment in which we find ourselves as students, children or workers. We have to understand the usefulness of the knowledge that we want to learn or teach.
  • Apply the surprise effect:      When we are installed in the routine we have to break the pattern of beliefs that makes us think that things are boring, perhaps with a different activity that breaks the routine.
  • Seek social support: Boredom is an individual situation, but when we know the activities in which peers, students or children are involved, we can use empathy, solidarity, talk with them about these emotions and use character strengths to create a joint environment of development. personal. Working in a team is one of the formulas against boredom.

Rosalinda Ballesteros points out that boredom is part of human nature and, although her scientific analysis is very recent, it can also improve life if we know how to listen to this emotion and channel it. “This is a great time to apply willpower and empathy. We cannot control the environment, but we can control our decisions to help each other get out of boredom ”, he concluded.

About the Institute of Well-being and Happiness Sciences

Tecmilenio University has created the first Institute of Well-being and Happiness Sciences in Mexico, whose objective is to promote well-being through the teaching of the bases for a full life, the investigation of the basic principles of well-being, the proposition of positive practices for the promotion of the happiness of our students and collaborators and the dissemination of the results derived from our experience and research. Through Wellbeing 360, it is intended to disseminate the most important results of research on happiness through the participation of the great experts in Positive Psychology.

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Some ways to deal with boredom during the pandemic include finding new activities or hobbies, such as learning to cook, exercising at home, reading books, watching movies or series, connecting with friends and family through video calls, and taking advantage of the time to learn something new online. Read more here:
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Last modified: 2024-05-29T04:30:50+10:00