Can boredom be good for you? Discussion Watch

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One of UEA's academics, Dr Teresa Belton, has published an interesting article in The Conversation UK today on Why Boredom Can Be Good For You.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree - or do you think boredom is bad for your health?

- Laura, UEA Official Rep
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Boredom couldn't be good in any circumstances. Period!
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(Original post by casanova27)
Boredom couldn't be good in any circumstances. Period!
Great to hear your thoughts casanova27! How come?
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Boredom couldn't be good in any circumstances. Period!
idk occasionally if I'm bored at home
i'll start cleaning or organising my stuff

sometimes i end up being productive
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I think boredom is a great thing. We need time to clear our mind and think things through. We live in a society of continual stimulation but I just don't see how this can be healthy.
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it's great... that is why i love TSR :heart:
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I think boredom is a great thing. We need time to clear our mind and think things through. We live in a society of continual stimulation but I just don't see how this can be healthy.
I thought the concept of 'Flow' as an explanation for the use of smart phones as fulfilling our mind's need for stimulation was very interesting - it certainly explains a lot about the common use of phones in order to kill time, and why it can be a difficult habit to break!

Do you practise clearing your mind often? Any tips?
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Too much isn't.
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I thought the concept of 'Flow' as an explanation for the use of smart phones as fulfilling our mind's need for stimulation was very interesting - it certainly explains a lot about the common use of phones in order to kill time, and why it can be a difficult habit to break!

Do you practise clearing your mind often? Any tips?
This idea that time must be filled is certainty detrimental to mental health.

Definitely, I find running and meditation to be the best ways of clearing my mind. No phones, no distractions. Just myself and nature ;-)
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It can be, but too much isn't! For example I'm currently bored in bed as I'm ill which is good as it will help me get better, but being bored when I'm meant to be doing my homework means I get distracted and it takes twice as long which means my mind is active for longer which makes sleep more difficult.
So it can be, but not in all situations!
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