Solitary Confinement

or boredom at work …


In high school, teachers called it ‘spring fever’.  Last year, I called it ‘yard work’.  Right this minute, I’m ready to call it ‘quits’ …

Winter took its toll this year.  Even trips to Florida and southern Utah didn’t help me; it was grey there also.  Coupled with the visits were conversations with close friends, which only compounded the greyness when I returned home.  Another grey sky and another cup of coffee.  Just let the sun come out for 10 minutes and I promise I’ll get on those updates, I’ll rewrite the header, and I’ll organize those taxes.  My head knows better than to take these false statements as truth.

I am a victim of SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I can get up easy enough in the morning, but when the sun does rise and you can’t even tell where it is, well, that’s when I begin to look at property in St. Croix and scan the cupboards for chocolate.  And if you haven’t tried these methods when you feel trapped, you have no credence to read this blog during business hours.

My question is simple.  What do you do when you feel like you’ve hit a wall?  When you feel the hours in the day won’t pass fast enough and there isn’t anything which will distract your eyes from the windows?  Try these little distractions –

 

  • Take a Walk – changing your surroundings makes a world of difference, even if it’s just going to the elevator and back a few times.  Okay, more than a few times.  There’s a reason suggested breaktimes are 15 minutes!
  • Check in with an app that has appealing pictures – I go to Pinterest.  No, this isn’t a plug for them, it just seems I find the shots I’m looking for easier than on a search.  You can always go to your Instagram boards too, and revisit items you’ve saved in the past.  Or anywhere else you can find new content to view and ‘escape’. Any option which isn’t something you may tie other emotions with, like your photo album or a past vacation.  That’s not a break, that’s a ‘to do’ list.
  • Put your earphones on and do a 5-minute meditation – I know, this may sound a bit hokey, but trust me, even if you close your eyes and take some deep breaths, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the rest of the afternoon.  

If you have a routine you go to when you are feeling chained to your desk or routine, please post it below.  We’re always looking for better and improved ways to overcome boredom.  Now, I’m going to go back and read my own remedies and get my train back on its tracks!

Thank you everyone, and don’t forget to post your escapes!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capri Bailey

Freelance Copywriter

 

 

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