9 WAYS TO TURN BOREDOM INTO CREATIVE MOMENTS
When your job—or relationship or workout—feels like one big yawn, it’s tempting to do something, anything, to break the monotony. But emerging research shows that boredom can be beneficial, inspiring, even healthy.
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“One of the greatest tortures.” “The root of all evil.” Philosophers Erich Fromm and Søren Kierkegaard didn’t have the highest regard for boredom. Neither do most of us: Studies show nearly half of people will actually zap themselves with electricity rather than sit alone in a room with no distractions. Outside the research lab, frequent boredom can drain focus and raise your risk for anxiety, addictions and depression. It’s enough to make you whip out your smartphone at the first hint of downtime.
But hold those digital horses, woman, and give boredom a chance. “We’re addicted to stimulation. That’s part of the problem,” says Sandi Mann, PHD, author of The Upside of Downtime. Sitting with tedium helps you cope with stillness, which leads to less ennui in the long term. Even better, experts say the feeling can be exploited to amp creativity at work, set new fitness goals and motivate you to sex up a flagging love life. To stay on the right side of this double-edged sword, read on.