Join 3,564 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)

114 posts tagged with boredom. (View popular tags)
Displaying 1 through 50 of 114. Subscribe:

Related tags:
+ (14)
+ (11)
+ (7)
+ (6)
+ (5)
+ (4)
+ (4)
+ (4)
+ (4)
+ (4)
+ (4)
+ (4)


Users that often use this tag:
Anonymous (12)
nidora (3)
kanata (2)

Losing Weight

I have asked a similar question in the past about how to shed the weight, but I am really struggling to do what I need to do. I need to take off roughly fifty pounds and I thought that if I transitioned to a vegan diet that this would help with it. I was cleared by my doctor to workout, he gave me a stress test and said that everything was okay. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Sep 7, 2014 - 36 answers

When a group's dynamics get stale -- Give up? Or Rekindle?

About a year ago I joined a group that meets several times a month about spiritual topics. I was warmly welcomed and found great comfort in the group. However now, I am beginning to feel like the group is pretty much the same every meeting. I know Person X will talk about Thing X; Person Y will bring up Anecdote Y; etc. Should I quit? There's a twist... [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Aug 26, 2014 - 15 answers

In theory I want to be more social, but in practice people creep me out

Can a natural loner learn to appreciate and enjoy other people more? Being a hermit is getting to be painfully boring. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Aug 22, 2014 - 31 answers

Action & Boredom

Not really sure how to say this, but I have been adding some hobbies and other things to my life but am finding it hard to keep doing everything. I have traditionally never been someone who gets bored very easily but I find myself in this position a good portion of the time right now. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Chronic Unhappiness

I was curious as to what others have done to find happiness once they have come to a complete system halt? Without going into too much detail, the last two years have been not very much fun. I finished my degree, but nothing really makes me very happy these days. I keep myself busy with volunteer work and I read a lot, but this has not resulted in any lasting happiness.
posted by nidora on Jun 22, 2014 - 25 answers

bootstraps for hobbyists

My life is calm. I live in one place. My house is clean and decluttered. I have free time. And now I am bored... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

What doesn't kill you makes you _______.

Looking for advice on coping mentally and emotionally with a long stretch of stress, boredom and pain — when these are things that I ordinarily find very hard to tolerate. (No need to worry about coping physically; the logistical details of preparation, pain management and aftercare have been taken care of.) [more inside]
posted by this is a thing on Feb 18, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you suggest dull and informative podcasts to help me fall asleep?

Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep because I can't stop worrying over issues of the day. I've found that listening to a slightly boring podcast really helps in those situations. So far, I've been listening to history podcasts but I think the technique would work with other subject areas and I'd like to find more such podcasts. I'm looking for intelligent and serious podcasts (little to no humorous banter) on important and/or academic topics. Ideally, the presenters would have monotonous voices and would spend a bit too much time on the dull minutiae, but the subject matter would be sufficiently interesting to help me stop thinking about other issues. I don't want to hear a group of friends or colleagues bantering. I don't want to hear comics interviewing each other. Pseudo-science or woo won't help because I may respond emotionally.
posted by Area Man on Jan 16, 2014 - 41 answers

How to beat boredom?

Hello, I'm on a break between careers. Studied some Chinese language and web design last year but for various reasons that's not appropriate this year. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jan 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How can I engage in better conversation and avoid boredom?

I'm tired of dreading large social gatherings where I am bored/bore people. How do I step up my game and engage people in conversation such that it is enjoyable and interesting for all involved? I want to avoid small talk. Please give me tips, tricks, mantras to make it better! [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Dec 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Flu took away my lust for life! Help!

Two weeks ago, I had the flu. I had all the classic symptoms: fever, muscle aches, coughing, chills, and fatigue that kept me in bed for 3 solid days. Now I am better but I am having odd symptoms. I don't feel like eating. Nothing tastes good. And nothing is interesting. I don't want to do crafts, or play with my dog, or read, or watch TV, or talk to my friends, or do anything, really. Everything seems annoying, and I am beyond bored, which is uncharacteristic for me. I don't feel sick, exactly, and I'm not totally exhausted like before, but I'm feeling the need to lie around in bed 2 to 4 hours a day. What is going on and how do I make it stop? All suggestions are welcome, including "woo."
posted by summer sock on Dec 17, 2013 - 24 answers

Ideas to better use my free time at work. Short attention span version.

I frequently have a lot of free time at work between projects (I work fast, maybe). I usually sit here and flip between Reddit and Metafilter, and maybe Facebook. I want to put this time to better use. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Sep 6, 2013 - 17 answers

How to keep from going crazy with boredom at my job?

I recently took a job as an overnight security guard. The entire job is standing at the entrance to a company's parking lot, from 10pm to 6am. In theory, I'm supposed to warn off people who look like they don't belong there, but that never happens. No books, smartphones, or other distractions are allowed. Sometimes I'll look at my watch and discover that it's only ten minutes since the last time I checked my watch, even though it feels like an hour has passed. Is there some kind of mental exercise or trick I can use to occupy my mind and make the time go faster?
posted by internet_explorer on Jul 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Talk to me!

I have a job that currently bores me greatly, with lots of down time during the day. A coworker and I started texting during our workday recently, and I find it entertains me and passes the time, in addition to pushing a few of my other buttons. Unfortunately this relationship has gone a bit sour so I'm looking for a similar situation and I'm wondering if there's an easy solution. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 11 answers

How to power through apathy? Or why even bother?

I have come down with a case of bad apathy. How do I find the energy/motivation/desire to even start to want to come out of it? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jun 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Summer Jobs/Activities For an Almost Sixteen Year Old?

My wife's son lives with us for 2 months during the summer (July 1st - August 30th) in San Diego. He is 15 1/2, too young to get a McMinimum wage franchise job at In-N-Out or Target and a bit too old/mature for 'camp'. Would love some suggestions on what, on earth, this child is going to do for 2 months. What did you do during your summer before Junior year? [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Jun 11, 2013 - 43 answers

Bad case of the Don't Wannas.

Why do I suddenly not care about anything? Could it be post-depression anhedonia? [I hope not] [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on May 23, 2013 - 11 answers

If you're bored then you're boring

An earlier poster mentioned this attitude in a thread on boredom and it prompted me finally to post a question that's been simmering a while. I'm super-boring, but not bored -- it doesn't bother me when I'm on my own, but I'm starting to get a complex about it, vis a vis other people. Help me to have any interest, any interest at all! (Or to feel better about not having any.) Novel inside. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Help with a 12 month attention span?

I seem to get 'bored' with everything in my life - friends, relationship, job, country - every 1-2 years. I then make major life changes and it is starting to seriously affect me. Has anyone else experienced this situation? Does it get better? If not, do you have some good coping strategies? [more inside]
posted by Isn't in each artist (7) on Feb 25, 2013 - 18 answers

I hate my job and I can't leave. How do I cope?

I am currently working long hours in a job that in a number of ways is driving me absolutely insane. I can't easily leave until mid year. How do I not go mad? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Feb 5, 2013 - 18 answers

OMG babies are kind of boring

How do I entertain my 3-month-old without dying of tedium myself? [more inside]
posted by forza on Jan 27, 2013 - 43 answers

What are some good, non-battery-draining iPhone/iPod Touch games?

I'll be on three flights in the next 11 days, and although I'd like to sleep through every flight, I doubt that'll happen. I have an iPhone 4 and a 3rd-gen iPod Touch at my disposal, so I'd like to throw some new, non-battery-killing games on them before I go. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jan 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Making my dog happy on a rainy day?

How do I keep my puppy entertained on a rainy day? My 6&1/2 old puppy (see this previous post) has turned out to be ... rather interesting. She is not particularly high-energy and doesn't seem to take much joy in long walks. She is, however, really interested in romping and socializing with other dogs. [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Dec 26, 2012 - 15 answers

I've got some real estate here in my bag

Long bus / train trip with a couple of long stopovers. How to amuse myself? Things to do in Buffalo & Chicago? [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Oct 3, 2012 - 18 answers

N is for Neville who died of ennui while working a $10/hr temp job

How can I entertain myself at a super boring temp job? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Aug 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Bored in Ann Arbor: *How* does one find new things to do?

Bored in Ann Arbor: *How* does one find new things to do? [more inside]
posted by 254blocks on Feb 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Bringing awesome back.

What are some everyday ways I can awesome-ize my life? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 30, 2012 - 31 answers

Free PACs for Everyone

Is there any cost involved with starting a Political Action Committee? [more inside]
posted by snapped on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

What items should I not forget to bring for a 15-hour flight? Also, as a non-gamer, are there iPad games you'd recommend to make the flight go faster?

What items should I not forget to bring for a 15-hour flight? Also, as a non-gamer, are there iPad games you'd recommend to make the flight go faster? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jan 22, 2012 - 53 answers

Am I making my dog depressed?

Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Dec 7, 2011 - 53 answers

How do I make friends and start enjoying life?

I'm in my 20s and I always thought my life would be better than this by now. I'd love some advice on how to make friends and be happier and improve my life generally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 - 36 answers

Super-successful fears for future

Where should/is my career-life headed next? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Am I doing enough for my dog?

How can I ensure my puppy's quality of life while we're both trapped at home? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic on Jul 1, 2011 - 18 answers

Keeping those summer blues away

I'll be away from my friends for the summer while working, and I'd like to pick up a hobby. I don't even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on May 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Constructive cures for cabin fever

I am caring for an elderly relative who needs someone nearby 24 hours a day. I'm left with a lot of free time that I'd like to fill with something constructive. What (cheap, indoor, offline) things can I do that will have satisfying results in the 4-6 weeks I'll be here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 15 answers

But I hate all my [recipes], I have nothing to [cook]!

Help me get over the food equivalent of hating everything in my closet and give me your yummiest recipes that make you think spring! [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Apr 12, 2011 - 22 answers

Melancholy for no good reason

How do you power through post-excitement depression? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How should I waste a couple hours in Tampa?

What's the most interesting thing I can do in a couple hours in Tampa, Florida? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

bored/unemployed/broke - what would you do?

how do you/have you structured your day as an unemployed person who is not necessarily looking for work? [more inside]
posted by sartre08 on Mar 23, 2011 - 17 answers

I need a "stuck in the school library" hobby.

I'm looking for a project that can be done mostly on the computers at my school. I'm usually there for 8-9 hours waiting for a ride, and my schoolwork takes me around an hour to finish. I'd like to put the rest of that free-time towards something productive. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Mar 2, 2011 - 23 answers

How to keep the daily grind from grinding you down?

As a creative person working a day job completely unrelated to your chosen form of expression, how do you cope when the urge to create comes up while at work? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Feb 25, 2011 - 16 answers

I see your shotgun and I raise you a zombie creeper.

The girlfriend and I are going to Hawaii in a few weeks and have a 10 hour flight. I'm looking for a fun, nerdy card game to bring with us to kill some of that time, something that would be fun for two people. We both like the Fluxx variants, but they tend to spread out which seems inconvenient for the plane. Also probably things that require shouting or slapping (a la Spoons) would be bad. Bonus points if it's readily available at The Compleat Strategist in NYC.
posted by edbles on Feb 3, 2011 - 30 answers

wity text call out

A friend, sent me a text that she in a work "retreat" all day it is really dulll and painfully boring. Please help me think of clever texts to send that are witty and will crack a smile.
posted by jennstra on Jan 29, 2011 - 9 answers

FOREVER ALONE?

I have an extraordinarily difficult time relating to other people. It often leaves me very bored, lonely, and frustrated. Why am I this way? What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Constructive ways to spend copious amounts of free time at work

I have an excruciatingly boring job with lots and lots of internet connected downtime. Help me think of constructive things to do with my copious amounts of "free time". [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Dec 19, 2010 - 30 answers

Which offline iPad apps can I spend empty time on?

Which free, offline iPad apps might be considered to be either useful or whimsically amusing ways of spending time? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Dec 19, 2010 - 8 answers

What are ways in which people stay active and engaged if they are not working?

What are different ways that people who do not need to work for any number of reasons (retired, independently wealthy, stay at home parent, unemployed and not looking, etc.) find to stay fulfilled, feel engaged in society, and enjoy their free time? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 8, 2010 - 24 answers

Bored with Friends, What to Do?

Bored with Friends, What to Do? I've tried coming up new ideas for creative fun but somehow we always end up sticking to the routine (walk and coffee or meals). And we are entering this phase that our conversations have gone a bit less personal, less humorous, somewhat meaningless and flat. [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Nov 1, 2010 - 11 answers

There Will Be Milkshakes.

Two weeks recovering from surgery: what do? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Oct 14, 2010 - 19 answers

no paperclip chains

I'd like a list of repetitive things I can do or make to alleviate stress and boredom. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Oct 8, 2010 - 29 answers

Page: 1 2 3