At first, there was fear. Everyone was scared for their lives as the coronavirus pandemic was showing no signs of slowing down. Soon, the lockdown was extended, and fear turned into a long wait. But as life continued to go on within the confines of our homes, another crisis was in the making—the boredom pandemic.
Unlike the coronavirus, boredom is not fatal but its feeling is surely consuming. With no theatres, parks or restaurants open, and sports events being cancelled, the internet is the only place left to seek entertainment. Netflix, YouTube, and many streaming services are attracting record high viewers, but even they couldn’t stop the rise of boredom.
According to a recent survey, many in Italy living under self-isolation claim boredom to be one of their biggest challenges. Trailing “lack of freedom”, boredom appeared more frequently in their responses than “loneliness” or “lack of fresh air” as their main reason for concern.
Evidently, it’s not just Italians struggling with boredom. Millions under lockdown are feeling pervasive lack of interest, with nothing better to do but wait for the lockdown to end. But they don’t realise, it is this wait and doing nothing that gives birth to the feeling of boredom. There is only one way to avoid boredom; find something meaningful to do, something that inspires you or challenges you. In this feature, Soulveda shares a list of activities that can help you come out from the sinkhole of boredom.
Learn a new language
People who are bi-lingual or who are capable of speaking two or more languages have better focus and memory than those who speak only one language. A study conducted by the professor of Psychology and Language Sciences Dr Thomas Bak has proven, the more languages you know, the stronger your brain gets. So, what better way to use this extra time on your hands than to learn a new language? It will not only keep you busy, but keep boredom at bay as well.