5 Reasons Why Being Bored Does Your Mental Health Good
Boredom – when you’ve got nothing of interest to tackle, and you feel that dull, uncontented feeling or when you feel like you’re stuck in limbo – it’s actually good for you, according to science.
We all experience boredom in one way or another. It could be when we’re stuck in heavy traffic or a monotonous meeting or is waiting for someone you’re supposed to meet up with or even just for the bus to come up. And if you’re like most people (like me), we don’t want to feel bored, ever.
But scientists say boredom is, in truth, good for our mental health. On the contrary, it’s over overstimulation that’s causing having to the psychological state of our beings.
In definition, overstimulation is always being on a “go” mode. We see that a lot nowadays – people who fidget with their smartphones while waiting for their rides or anything at all times. It’s so us, isn’t it? And this practice is what’s causing higher stress levels, lack of concentration which leads to loss of creativity and, most of all, technological addiction in many individuals.
“Do nothing,” scientists urge. And below are the reasons why they’re commending it.
- Not Tinkering With Our Gadgets When There’s Time To Kill Steers Us Clear Away From Tech Addiction
Gadget addiction does happen.
- When we can’t seem to go through the day without checking our smartphones for the umpteenth time,
- When we feel restless if our handheld devices are not in our hands,
- When we think we feel the vibrations of notifs only to find out that there weren’t any, well,
These, folks, are the signs you’re getting too attached to technology.
Too much screen time – whether that be on your PC, laptop or smartphone – has been linked to anxiety and depression, insomnia and even poor productivity in school and at work.
- Doing Nothing Reduces Our Stress Levels
When we let our minds rest, we lower our tendencies to overthink. Thus, our stress levels also go down. By not using our tablets, laptops, and smartphones when we feel bored, we’re also lowering our risks of getting fatigued. Unplugging from the business of technology lets our psychological states rest. The result? We feel mentally refreshed!
- Boredom Enhances Our Creativity
Boredom encourages daydreaming which, according to experts, bring forth the same processes that work in creativity and imagination.
Getting a break from the overthinking the internet in general causes means you’re making room for other more creative thoughts and undertakings, not just some mindless occupation of your time.
- We Can Practice Mindfulness When We Do Nothing
The mindfulness practice is very beneficial to our mental wellness. It allows us to have a good night’s sleep, it brings stability to our emotional state, and it can even help realize our weight loss goals.
Being aware of our present just as it is – that’s mindfulness. And we don’t have to be meditation practitioners to do it. All we need some time to kill, AKA, boredom.
- When We’ve Got Nothing To Do, We’ve Got Time To Think Through New Hobbies And Interests To Pursue
It’s during those times when we have nothing to do when our minds think of something creative to tinker with. Personally, I discovered I loved to DIY when I was left with nothing to do for a whole day some few years back. Since then, I’ve been tackling DIY projects during my day-offs. That or I do non-brainy stuff like typical household chores. The former I can practice my creativity while I don’t get to use a lot of my brain muscles doing the latter.
I hope these science-backed reasons encourage you to get bored (though don’t do it often because chronic boredom is also dangerous for your mental health), do nothing mentally overstimulating, and give your mind its much-needed rest!