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.

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Lisa Haney

how to get back up and in­spired again when you hit cre­ative rock bot­tom.

“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.

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