ADHD and Boredom

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Hello brains! Being stuck at home during a global pandemic, there’s a good chance we’re getting bored…and when we get bored, we don’t always make the best choices. Here’s a simple mindfulness tool that can help.



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Mann, S. (2016). The Science of Boredom: Why Boredom is Good. London: Robinson.


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