Beat Quarantine Boredom

Feeling bored is a seriously unpleasant state of being. It can make time drag on, and then when this happens, your mind can start to wander. For people with Borderline Personality Disorder, such as myself, a wandering mind can make a habit of going to some pretty self-destructive and self-judging places.

Here are some ways to combat boredom: Define the problem- What is it that you’re experiencing? Is it a lack of interest in everything? Or is it that you don’t have the energy or motivation to do things you normally want to do? Is it that there are truly no activities available for you to do? Or that you can’t think of something to do? Rule out other emotions- If you’re feeling a state of avoidance, or loneliness, or self judgement, the solution isn’t as simple as just doing something because you may not be experiencing boredom, but another state. Make a list of quarantine friendly activities- I’m not sure what you’re into, but here are some ideas: -Try cooking a favourite meal -Draw -Read -Make a marathon of movies list on Netflix and binge -Skip the Dishes a meal and set up the table and have a nice dinner -Browse Coursera or other free learning sites and commit to a course you’re interested in -Sit outside and enjoy the sun -Sit outside and read or write -Sit outside with shisha

-Pick an area of the house to deep clean, throw on some music and get going! -Go through your clothes and make a donate bag/box -Play video games -Play iMessage games with friends -Etc Expand your repertoire- try something you’ve always wanted to, like sewing or knitting (or whatever) and give it a go. Use this time to learn new skills, or new things bout yourself. The more activities you have in your anti-boredom kit, the more likely you are to find a solution when you’re feeling bored.

xo Shay

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