For many people, there is nothing worse than staying at home with nothing to do. With nowhere to go, people to visit or just being alone somewhere. When this happens, some of these are left with a feeling of emptiness, something bothering them inside. In fact, this feeling can also arise from lack of interest in what we are doing or in the environment around us. Such a feeling is what we commonly call boredom .
Boredom can be terrifying. And people do everything they can to distract your mind. But what a lot of people may not know is that boredom isn’t as bad as it sounds. According to research, this feeling can empower people to be more productive, creative and even innovative.
Some types of boredom can be unpleasant and negative. While others can actually bring positive results. A group of German researchers conducted a study on boredom and identified five types. They are: indifferent, dispersed, researcher, reactive and apathetic. And each one brings something to people. Showing that boredom , as much as it may seem, is not always bad.
1 – More productive
As a study showed, a group of people, who did a boring task, performed better on another creative task. This in comparison to people who have done an interesting activity before.
2 – More creative
Psychologists have done a study of why joy and boredom promote associative thinking more than anxiety and relaxation. As a result, they found that people who experienced boredom ended up being more creative.
3 – More focused
Usually when we are bored we tend to daydream. And that’s not a bad thing. Researchers have found that this actually helps to focus on the future. And the person, in an unconscious way, plans and anticipates their goals.
4 – More aware
According to Andreas Elpidorou, philosophy professor, “boredom is a warning sign that we are not doing what we want to do and a ‘push’ that motivates us to change goals and projects”.
5 – Make it work
For boredom to work and bring benefits, it is important to look for activities that allow these good types of boredom to manifest. Psychology professor Sandi Mann suggests that you look for activities that require little or no concentration. For example, walking along a familiar path, swimming or sitting with your eyes closed.
6 – Not to be confused with relaxation
It’s important not to confuse boredom with relaxation. Activities that are purposefully relaxed, such as yoga or meditation, do not fulfill the requirement of trying and not finding stimulation.