Getting bored isn't that bad: how it can affect your brain health

It has always been said that being bored was good for children, as it stimulated the imagination. Now, a study by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in the United States, reveals that getting bored from time to time, both in children and adults, is essential for brain health.

Alicia Walf, a neuroscientist and senior lecturer in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, argues that the brain, which is constantly thinking and dealing with decisions and stressors, Despite its great capacity, it has its limits.

So get bored can improve social connections. Different studies conducted by neuroscientists have found that certain areas of the brain are "on" when people do nothing.

Relationship between boredom and creativity

This assumes that we have what is called a network by default and that when we are not busy with other thoughts and activities, we focus inward as well as towards social interactions.

"Give boredom a chance to see what your brain comes up with"

Other investigations have found the relationship between boredom and creativity. Great ideas and problem solving have taken place when you have stopped thinking about it.

Researchers have shown different patterns of brain activity when people solve problems compared to step-by-step cognitive work to solve them.

Also, being bored can improve overall brain health. According to Walf, during times of greatest emotion, the brain releases a chemical called dopamine that is associated with well-being. When the brain has fallen into a monotonous and predictable pattern, many people feel bored, even depressed. This may be because we have lower levels of dopamine.

One approach is to re train the brain to really enjoy these less exciting moments and, perhaps, boring. Especially when we are young, our brains are able to adapt to new ways of thinking and behaving. "Give boredom a chance to see what happens to your brain," says Walf in statements collected by Neuroscience News.