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Daily Drop-in: Tuesday 19 May
Is boredom getting to you? Try these 2 strategies

It’s likely you’ve experienced boredom while in lockdown, but if you're still not back to doing all the activities you enjoyed beforehand, dealing with boredom may be a daily challenge.

The next time you feel bored, try these 2 approaches:

Create your own distractions

This can be a productive way to occupy your time. For example, think about something that inspires you, like where to go for your next holiday.

Or go one step further and join a reading, community, hobby or exercise group so you have an outlet to channel your energies into.

Take an interest in your boredom

The next time you’re fed up, ask yourself what you’re experiencing at that moment. Are you frustrated, anxious or sad? If so, try to identify why you feel this way.

When you can answer this question, you’ll be in a better position to deal with your underlying feelings - the source of your boredom.

If you’re experiencing boredom frequently or for long periods of time, this can be a sign of depression. Always seek help if you think you may be depressed.

Quote of the day

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. -- Arthur Somers Roche

Make time to do nothing

Scheduling time to do nothing, even if just for a minute, can be surprisingly difficult. Making it 10 minutes could seem impossible.

But think of how much time you may waste during the day without even realising.

Taking time out to do absolutely nothing can have a significant impact on your mental health, as mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe explains in this TED talk.

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