Feeling bored because of COVID 19? You are not alone. Social distancing has turned life upside down for everyone. What do you do when you are not going to work and are not going out with friends? Do you stay at home and watch TV all day? It gets boring rather quickly. ACT Family Counseling recommends that you find a way to stay engaged and connected with others.
Free time, boredom, and stress can be explosive
The pandemic has laid waste to most of 2020. Education, career, finances, everything is a mess. Consider that. And consider that you have free time that you don’t know what to do with it. Options are limited, and so many people invest that into worrying, ruminating, and watering the seeds of stress and substance abuse.
A combination of boredom, free time, and stress are dangerous. It can increase the risk of depression and addiction or worsen OCD, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Especially now that we are far apart from family and friends, one can easily reach the point of no return.
Go for a walk in the park or near the ocean
With the continuous lack of personal human touch, you can suddenly feel invisible. Then you drown in negative mental chatter that breeds anxiety and stress. A change of scenery could be good for you. Don’t stay in bed till midday. Go for a walk for sunshine or exercise. This helps you pass the time in an exciting and healthy way.
Go on virtual dates
Staying connected with friends and relatives online can be difficult and different. But it is better than nothing at all. Talk to friends and family via video chat or text. Use this opportunity to share your troubles or smile and forget that you are bored and quarantined. You can even collaborate on hobbies virtually, for instance, playing musical instruments, painting, or cooking.
Reach out to a professional
Are you bored during COVID 19? This article oversimplifies things. Boredom can be extremely hard to deal with, especially if surrounded by loneliness, worry, and mental health issues. Talk to a counselor.
At ACT Family Counseling, we deliver counseling and psychotherapies from six convenient locations. Dial any of our number and let us you guide you back to happiness and fulfillment.