Boredom is when you have nothing to do and you do not know what to do with yourself. There are pleasant types of boredom and unpleasant times where you could stress yourself out from the tediousness of your day. Here are five different types of boredom that many people experience.

One type is indifferent boredom where you feel relaxed and calm. You are not mad at the situation but more neutral. This can be a positive type of boredom that can lead to creativity with all of that free time on your hands to think. The second type is apathetic boredom which can be one of the most unpleasant boredoms. All of that boredom can make you helpless and depression at having nothing to do or no one to be with. You could be disengaged with the world and not able to do anything about it.

A third type is calibrating boredom where your thoughts tends to wander and you wish that you were doing something different right now. You are not sure what to do and how to move away from this boredom. It can be the frustration of doing repetitive tasks like if you work at a pizzeria that only serve cheese pizza. You know to knead the dough, add sauce, then cheese, and then put it in and out of the oven. There is no challenge and it is predictable. You want to reduce this boredom but at the same time, you are not looking for distractions out of it. You are just resigned to your fate.

A fourth type is reactant boredom where you deal. The boredom you are experiencing makes you restless and aggressive. You want to leave this dull situation you are in as well as those you feel are responsible. For example, you could wish you could ditch your algebra class as well as the boring teacher that is not making it any easier to pay attention. This can lead you to fantasize about being someone else that is more fun and exciting. A fifth type is searching boredom where you are constantly searching for distractions or ways out of your boring activities. You are determined to find a solution. Maybe it can mean writing notes in class, playing on your phone during dinner, or asking your boss at work if there is another task you could do that is new and challenging.

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