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Can you die of boredom

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Biscuitmuncher Tue 02-Feb-21 20:25:28

I never thought of myself as a shallow person, but seems like going shopping and the cinema were a lot more important to me than I thought

rafichagran Tue 02-Feb-21 20:34:09

No you are not shallow, just bored and want to do something different.

Biscuitmuncher Tue 02-Feb-21 20:58:39

Days are just blurring into one now! I'm sat up until 2 I'm just not tired

cornishpatsy Tue 02-Feb-21 20:59:57

I do hope not as today I have been bored, first time since lockdown. I don't know why today, I just cannot seem to find any enthusiasm for anything.

Lisagran Tue 02-Feb-21 21:00:30

It’s been a long haul - and not over yet. But Spring weather should help.

NellG Tue 02-Feb-21 21:15:05

It certainly feels like it! We have had long power cuts the past few days - no lights, Kindle not charged... brain cells ready to implode. Never thought I'd be so grateful for a bit of battery life on a mobile phone!

Biscuitmuncher Tue 02-Feb-21 21:15:06

I think if there was some sort of date to aim for it would help

Jaxjacky Tue 02-Feb-21 21:39:58

I think in the situation we’re all in boredom can sometimes equal mild depression. I’m a bugger for tinkering with my weekly online shopping list, to keep changing it and it gets delivered gives me control when I have little elsewhere.

Floradora9 Tue 02-Feb-21 21:46:37

I can honestly say I have not felt bored this past 10 months. I have spent it researching my family tree and have uncovered so much and documented it for future generations. In some places you can access Ancestry and other family research sites online through your local library . I did so for some months them paid up to record it all online . I have sent information to my cousin's son about his grandmother in India and found newspaper articles about our family as well including one where my grandfather was off to claim his share of a family fortune . Sadly I guess he did not receive anything as they were never rich. On the myheritage site you can upload old photographs have them improved and the coloured which really brings them to life . I get a buz every day sitting down at my computer digging and digging . I had my DNA done too and made ontact with the grand daughters of a relative who rose from working class to being a knighthhood . They had no idea of the extent of his story and I had loads to share .

BlueBelle Tue 02-Feb-21 22:00:33

Yawn yaaaaaawn nothing to talk about nothing to do oh for a bus ride to the cinema a nice coffee and chat with my friend a giggle as we try to switch out phone on to silent in the dark theatre

Biscuitmuncher Tue 02-Feb-21 22:04:15

BlueBelle that's exactly what I want to do, escape into a good film in the dark

Nannylovesshopping Tue 02-Feb-21 22:07:54

I just wish it would stop b....y raining, then I could get in my garden, then I would stop eating everything swigged down by too much rhubarb gin, then I would stop ordering ridiculous amounts of stuff online........I want to go to the library and pick up ordered books, I hate my kindle, oh dear, I’ll shut up now.

PECS Tue 02-Feb-21 22:09:51

I have managed to keep busy, I do still do some paid work and some voluntary work that continues and has been busier since lockdown...

DH and I 'meet for coffee or lunch' and do the Grauniad crosswords, I have a jigsaw puzzle on the other end of the dining table. I have done more baking, complicated cooking and I am ahead on my book club booklist! Bulbs/seeds in the greenhouse doing well. We have caught up on many of the films /TV programmes & our film society has streamed films for us to watch at home... I have spent more time on Social media...

NotSpaghetti Tue 02-Feb-21 22:12:13

Well I'm not bored.
But yes, I think if you are seriously bored for too long your brain sort of switches off. There's lots of evidence that dementia is more likely when you don't keep your brain busy...

YorkLady Tue 02-Feb-21 22:15:48

Can you die of boredom?
Obviously not, we are all still here aren’t we? Yawn 🥱

grannyactivist Tue 02-Feb-21 22:18:22

I’ve had a lot of health problems over the years and so I’ve learned (with a few glitches along the way) to make the best of what I can do, rather than get fed up about what I can’t. Apart from not physically seeing people my life is ticking along much as it’s always done. I see family every day on FaceTime; I work; take part in training courses, workshops and conferences; attend committee meetings - and occasionally fantasise about taking more time off to do other things I enjoy (although I do love my job).

Part of me likes the idea of having so much free time that I could be bored, but in reality I know that I’d be filling every minute pretty much as I do now, but with all the things I’ve put off because I didn’t have the time before. smile

RedRidingHood Tue 02-Feb-21 22:27:59

The worst thing about being bored is feeling guilty for it or having people day how they are so busy doing improving things they haven't time to get bored. We probably all remember being told that only boring or stupid people get bored. Well if that's the case I am both.

Lucca Tue 02-Feb-21 22:41:32

I have not done anything “improving “ this whole time.
I have however kept hold of my sanity !!

baubles Tue 02-Feb-21 22:42:57

I’m not bored and I honestly haven’t been bored all through this. I’ve been sad and worried at times but I’ve managed to keep myself busy. Fortunately I’m a bit of a butterfly and have lots of interests so if I get tired of something I put it down and pick up something else.

That’s not to say that I don’t miss things. I miss my people. obviously and I miss the things I enjoy doing away from my home but I can’t say I’m bored.

Probably stems from never having been allowed to moan about boredom as a child - I’d have been given a job to do.

Biscuitmuncher Tue 02-Feb-21 22:43:24

I think it's that every day is the same as the one before, that's what's getting to me now

Grammaretto Tue 02-Feb-21 22:46:25

I was never allowed to admit to boredom even as a child. It meant the devil makes work for idle hands etc.
A bored person is a boring person and so on.
I always have something to do and don't suffer boredom.
If I did I might die! grin

growstuff Tue 02-Feb-21 22:52:38

I haven't been bored either - nor have I done much to improve myself.

I've enjoyed not being stressed and being in control of my life. I have seen nobody except the people in the pharmacy, the GP and hospital when I had a diabetic eye test. I chat online to my children and loads of friends and have ditched the people who were obviously not real friends.

I make a list of things to do the next day, but I couldn't care less (most of the time) if I don't do them. I do what I want when I want.

polomint Tue 02-Feb-21 23:00:32

No I'm not bored but as another lady said, I have been sad and very worried about the future. Some days I dont do much around the house but my thoughts are always busy. Thoughts about what we will do, where we will go, planning the garden etc. I dont feel guilty on those days either as I feel I just cant get motivated so just take each day as it comes. I've also carried on researching my family tree and i can get really absorbed in it for hours. Fascinating but unfortunately my husband is not that interested but give him his due, he does listen when i excitedly tell him i have found something interesting.
Sorry to have got off the track of the original question. I dont think you can die of boredom but if it goes on for a long while it would end up in depression

Eloethan Tue 02-Feb-21 23:19:16

I don't mind my own company and I don't mind staying at home. But not all the time! I am absolutely fed up with it.

Chestnut Tue 02-Feb-21 23:35:20

Floradora9 I can honestly say I have not felt bored this past 10 months. I have spent it researching my family tree and have uncovered so much and documented it for future generations.
Spot on! Researching your family history is all consuming and takes over all your time. It also keeps your brain incredibly active. Someone once told me that to be bored you need a full stomach and an empty mind and I'm inclined to agree.