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Our colleagues at The Morning have examined how you can combat the feeling of tired routines people so desperate to escape that in one study, 67 percent of men and 25 percent of women decided to shock themselves at sitting alone with their thoughts.
So how can you fight it (without electrocution)?
Try new things. Boredom can arise when one feels unchallenged, explains Erin Westgate of the University of Florida for The Conversation website. So take advantage of the pandemic downtime to take on new activities such as cooking, gardening, DIY, genealogy, or exercise. There are online courses for almost anything these days.
Socialize safely. Boredom has made some Americans behave insecure at parties, bars and elsewhere, write Luke Fernandez and Susan Matt in Salon. But it is possible to see other people safely – on a walk or bike ride, during a masked or outdoor grocery run, or when all else fails, via a video chat point. If you let your mind wander, you can buy time for creative thinking. "The secret of good research is always to be a little underemployed," said the great psychologist Amos Tversky. “You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”
Thank you for starting your day with me. Until next time.
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