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7 Ways to Fight Off Boredom

British researchers say the more bored you are, the more likely you are to die early. Bored people more likely face depression, heart disease, and unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, or drug use.

Regardless of the health effects if you're bored, you're probably boring. And no one wants to be boring. Here are seven ways to avoid such a fate!

  1. Try a new recipe. Make this classic spaghetti and meatball dish so you have it perfected for your next dinner party.
  2. Go to the library. It's silly, but every time I go to the library I have the same thought — "Wait, I can take all these books home for free?!" Go wander the stacks and choose the tome that will help you fight boredom for days to come.
  3. Try out new makeup tricks. Want to sport a new smoldering makeup look without looking sloppy? Practice it first when you're just hanging around the house.
  4. Work on a second language. Since French class always gave me anxiety, I prefer low-key ways to freshen up my skills, like watching a foreign film or listening to my favorite French songs while reading along with the translated lyrics.
  5. Wanderlust. Whether you actually have some travel on the calendar or only wish you did, look up photos, restaurants, or other info about the place you plan to go next. This is what I like to call travel porn.
  6. Go through your closet. When nothing's on TV, I pump up my music and start filling a bag with clothes to give to Goodwill. If I can't remember the last time I wore it, it probably should be donated. If you're feeling ambitious, feel free to color coordinate what's left.
  7. Clean up your cell phone. Remove all the numbers of failed romantic prospects and definitely delete anyone whose face you cannot remember.

If you need more ideas, check out our list of low-tech ways to unwind. How do you fight killer boredom?

Source: Flickr User adreson

starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I think the exact same thing everytime I'm at the library, too. 'I can't believe they just let me borrow all these books!' I love to reorganize stuff. The closet, the kitchen, the home office...I also love moving furniture...Just stuff around the house that don't really need to be done.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
The iPad actually doesn't have Flash capability, so a LARGE portion of websites/applications won't function on it. I'm a little skeptical about how great it's going to be, really, when you consider that fact. I have to make a confession ... I hate the library. I buy all my books, and have so many that I practically AM a library at this point, but I just don't do the library. I never, ever remember to return books. I think I still have one from high school floating around at home, honestly.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i get bored at work as well sometimes but never in my free time...there's too much to do and not enough time to do it!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
oh I was bored during the snowpocolypse ;) ... but genernally I have too much to do to be bored .. especially during IM traning. It was like having a part time job
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
yeah, i think i'm going to get one! i was at the apple store the other day getting my baby fixed, and they were already gearing up for it. i can't wait til it comes out!
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
yeah, i do putz around on this site at work, as well as a few others. sometimes i just need a change of pace. i could probably sneak a book in a couple of times a week. hahaha i'd love one SKG, but i'm stuck in my contract til november! but then, it will finally be mine! thanks for the suggestions ladies!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
i didn't think about work really, i was thinking about free time. Most jobs are really strict on what you can do during down time. My last job was kind of decent about it, if you weren't flaunting it. I'd bring a book or a hand held video game to play when I wasn't actively working. Lots of other women who worked there would crochet or something..
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
well, i'm def not boring, but i have the boringnest job on earth. anybody have any ideas on combating boredom at work...i often have nothing to do. ugh.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I am never ever bored, and never have been. Not even trips to doctors were boring becuase I always bring some form of entertainment. It's really not that hard to find things that interest you. I've been a bit restless in times of sickness, but I guess i just find being bored to be boring... who wants to sit around staring at walls when I can be doing or creating or experiencing.
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