Five tips to ease coronavirus boredom
Without doubt, the whole world is experiencing a tough time, with the ongoing Covid-192 crises and the mandatory stay-at-home orders. And for many of us, this period is certainly a trying time with several restrictions placed on movements and suspension of activities whereby we earn our livelihoods. Yet, we have a hope: that this too, shall soon pass away.
Meanwhile, we sincerely apologize for the long break (5 months +), since our last post; where we shared on some of the roles which education plays in the development of nation states, and how Global Innovation Index (GII) is used as an index for rating development among others. You can read about it here.
As a result of the lock-down, many organizations, businesses, governmental and non-governmental offices have been forced to close down. Ever since, the trend has been stay-at-home, and remote-working. While these measures were taken in order to curb the spread of the deadly disease, there is a rising concern of how to adapt and cope with the challenges of staying indoors for so long.
In this post, we shall address the challenge of boredom owing to the coronavirus stay-at-home orders.
NB: This post was originally written as “Tips for students to kill boredom,” so you would find that nos. 1 and 4 may not be applicable during lock-down. However, you will find them highly applicable as soon as things return to normalcy and all activities resume again.
To begin with, what is Boredom?
According to MWD1; Boredom is the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest. Truth is, There are always moments in our lives when we are tired of and slightly annoyed by a person or situation that is not interesting, exciting or entertaining. During this period, we say that we are bored. Experiencing boredom could be tough and tiring.
Tough times don’t last, only tough people do.
What exactly, causes boredom?
Whenever we are bored, we are either tired of something we have been doing for a while; or we are looking for something more interesting that we could do. For me, doing exactly the same thing repeatedly makes me bored. I get easily disinterested. Sometimes also, when I have been on a thing for long without getting the results expected, I tend to feel tensed and become frustrated.
At this point, it is important that we mind the things that we do because boredom is no excuse for staying idle or getting involved in wrong things (gossiping, self-indulgence acts and the likes…).
An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
While we must avoid idleness as much as possible, we need to endeavour that we don’t engage in activities we cannot boast of in the public. Rather, we should strive to engage in helpful, rewarding and meaningful activities, even when we are playing, catching fun or taking some time-off to ease study or work stress, and stay-at-home boredom, etc.
If you cannot boast of it in public, don’t do it.
Some practical tips to tackle boredom:
There are many ways we could get rid of boredom, and I will be sharing five of them below. I will like you to anticipate subsequent posts where I will be sharing nuggets on enrolling in free and certified online courses during and after lock-down.
- Start up a meaningful conversation: I’m a timid person and I don’t really like being the one to start a conversation, especially when I’m around unfamiliar people. Yet, I’ve found out that whenever I do so, more often than not, I never regret it. In fact, I can say that people are mostly unlike what we thought them to be at distant. This is a good reason we should not be judgemental.
Never judge a book by its cover. People’s appearances don’t always tell all about them.
To initiate a conversation with someone, you can find similar area(s) of interest, offer a sincere compliment or ask a question, politely. From the other person’s response, you can know whether they are interested in the conversation or not.
By the way, you should be careful not to ask personal or intimidating questions, and be willing to share about yourself as well. However, there is a need for you to be discreet, especially in relating with strangers.
- Recall wonderful memories: Memories are past periods of our lives which we cherish, or hold dear. Recalling happy memories, could get us smiling, grinning or even laughing out loud to ourselves. When I reminisce, I sometimes find myself laughing or sometimes thanking and praising God for His faithfulness. We must not allow the present challenges drive us into boredom or confine us into domestic self-isolation.
How about the not-so-good memories? Sometimes, memories of wrong decisions, helpless situations or appalling experiences could serve to make us sorry and sad. Nonetheless, we can master such memories by facing realities and seeing past challenges as opportunities to learn, and become better. The next time you sense boredom coming on you, recall wonderful memories, and allow yourself freely relive happy moments of the past.
- Make a funny video: Yes. With the popularity of smartphones nowadays, you don’t need to visit a studio before shooting a video. At least, not for trivial video-graphing projects. You could shoot a hilarious video about yourself and share your likes, values, passions, faith and beliefs.
If you hold an idea about some topics or other initiatives, you could record a video stating your ideas and share with others for feedback. More so, you can play the recorded videos to yourself when you are done. The point is to laugh and ease some stress, so don’t bother too much about sounding professional.
- Catch some fresh air: Sometimes, we need just a change of environment, to ease boredom. This could come in form of taking a walk, relaxing or other forms of recreation. Adequate rest and recreation helps our brain to relax, diffuse mental pressures and catch some fresh breath, around us. This tip is particularly good in the cool of the day. Of course, you don’t want to go for a walk in a scorching sun.
- See a great movie: There are movies; very good ones, and not so good ones, depending on our aim for seeing them. In addition, movies can influence us positively or negatively. So, we must be careful the kind of movies we see. For me, I like to see movies that makes me laugh, arouse my interest and fascinates me.
Permit me to share some of them with us: Christian Movies: Suing the Devil & War Room, Documentary: Entebbe Raid, and the more recent Sci Fi: Black Panther. I have personally seen these movies and I can say they are a great watch.
Well, these are just some of the ways we can tackle boredom. To recap, starting up a meaningful conversation, recalling wonderful memories, making a funny video, catching some fresh air and seeing a great movie are some of the ways by which we can tackle boredom.
By applying these tips, we would surely be able to tackle boredom, anytime and anywhere we find ourselves. Got one tip or the other for tackling boredom? Feel free and delighted to add your contributions and feedback in the comment section.
Thanks for reading.
References and Source Citations: