Editor’s Note: How are you coping with the quarantine? What are you doing to keep yourself occupied? Tell us about it by clicking here.
It’s crazy out there.
All this self-quarantining and social distancing has brought America to a halt.
And since we don’t know how long it will last, our mental health demands us to search out good news… no matter how hard.
I found something quite interesting.
It’s about boredom… and a killer in our living room.
The Enemy Within
For most people, boredom is the enemy.
Research published in the journal Science found that many folks would rather self-administer electric shocks than sit alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes.
That’s no joke.
In this world of screens and constant stimulus, we’d rather do something – even if it’s harmful – than nothing.
But why does it hurt so many folks to be alone with their thoughts?
The nonstop 24/7 news cycle and technology that connects us at all times have created a level of overstimulation that is impossible to escape.
For instance, gluing ourselves to the TV to learn about the latest on the coronavirus crisis increases our mental energy. It tricks us into feeling like we’re doing something.
So when we’re not stuck in front of a screen or when there’s no artificial stimulus, we feel bored.
With all the stressful news about the coronavirus, relaxation might seem impossible to achieve. Our TVs are blaring breaking news at us.
But here’s why it’s so important to reduce our mental stimulation and find time to fully relax… especially now.
Achieving a state of relaxation has been linked to improved digestion, increased blood flow, better concentration levels and even improved sleep quality.
So here’s your first step. Reduce your information overload. Turn off the TV… and turn off the news – even just for a few minutes.
We could all use a detox from all of the negativity out there. The desire to do something – even if it’s just turning on the TV – can be overwhelming. Don’t fall for it.
Take time for some relaxing self-reflection. It’s crucial.
It will do you a lot more good than checking the latest news from the World Health Organization.