During this pandemic, we have all been through peaks and troughs. This doesn’t mean that we are getting used to life in lockdown, but that we are at least over the initial hump and shock of it all.
This doesn’t make things any easier, however, and I can imagine boredom is a common theme for many of you.
Boredom with limits
When your usual habits and routines have been taken away from you and that oh-so-familiar urge to just want to pop out for lunch or browse the high street – you can find yourself wondering what to do next from the moment you wake up.
Without being able to settle those small urges, you can find that you just don’t want to do much!
When you’re feeling bored, it’s usually a feeling of helplessness and feeling out of control. Your brain is telling you in this situation that you need to put your mind to something, by either achieving something of just finding joy in any kind of activity.
To quel these urges, you need to use that built up energy that boredom is telling you to use up.
So, what can you do?
- What would you be doing?
What would you be doing without coronavirus on your back and then formulate a new way to do it. For example – I can’t get to the gym, so I have formulated a home workout routine so that I can still use some of that energy.
- The past is the past
We’ve all been guilty of swooning over your favourite restaurant or wanting to give your niece a cuddle. It’s not fair, but using your energy to want to be unobtainable at the moment will make you feel more frustrated, trapped and angry.
- Reframe what is achievable
It’s unfortunate that you can have the same life that you are used to having. This can leave you feeling dejected and frustrated. What you must do in this case is reframe your wants and needs for this current situation.
Your niece will love just as much to see you reading her a story on Zoom, or taking this time to put together a favourite home meal.
By taking these steps you will be able to redirect your pent up energy and boredom onto things that can make you feel validated and fulfilled, rather than frustrated and out of control.
This is a topic I want to delve deeper into so I will be going into this more in some future posts.
Stay safe and take care.