Best Three Ways to Fight Boredom

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Yes, this seems like a pretty funny topic but it’s something that I’ve come across hundreds, even thousands of times in my life.  I get bored.  I get bored with things I’m doing (namely work); bored with people (yes, I’m talking about the lady in the grocery store that needed to rant today at this teenage cashier – she made me bored – so bored, I tuned out and started to daydream in the line); bored of the routine of life – get up, shower, get dressed, have breakfast…I could go on but everyone has experienced this before.

So my time spent daydreaming also helped me with the idea for this post.

Boredom is a real and supposedly there are 5 types of boredom – check out the attached http://www.fastcoexist.com/3022134/there-are-5-types-of-boredom-which-are-you-feeling

So to combat my boredom I wanted to share some of the best ways you can.

1.  The minute you feel boredom creeping up, go to something – anything –  play a game, go for a walk, do the dishes, laundry.

2.  Do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you

3.  Read

Yes the first thing I put on the list is a surefire way to alleviate boredom.  It takes my mind off the boardroom and gets me thinking and focusing on something else.  Games I find are great for this.  I’ve become obsessed with FarmStory 2.  It keeps me totally involved and I don’t feel bored anymore.  Walking my dogs also helps – just being outside – I’m forced to interact with nature and people.  Yes, even doing dishes – I get the music going and I get the dished done – plus I dance around.  Bye bye boredom.

My second best way is to do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you as an individual.  For me, that is going to a mall.  I don’t like malls.  I go because there is lots to see.  It keeps me busy and not bored.

As for my last way, this is an old-fashioned way to cure boredom – reading.  Reading lets me escape into the story and consumes me – and I don’t feel bored anymore.  The only thing I caution is that you need to be reading something good otherwise boredom can creep back in.

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Best Three Things About Being Home Alone

Français : Solitude de Paul Sérusier, 1891, hu...

Français : Solitude de Paul Sérusier, 1891, huile sur toile, 75 x 60 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve always lived with someone.  I have never had the chance to actually have a place all to myself.  So when I get the house to myself, its actually a really great time for me.  I love it.  I love being alone.  I love the solitude.  I love being quiet.  I like that fact that there is no one around me.  That isn’t to say I always want to be alone, its just that when I get these moments, I cherish them.

For me, there are aways a couple of things that makes this time great and that is the reason for tonight’s post.  These are just three of the best but there could have easily been more.

1.  No Schedules

2.  Going Nude (that’s right walking around naked)

3.  Singing and Dancing (like there is no one around – because there isn’t!)

No schedules.  This is simply a dream come true when you are by yourself.  You don’t need to have dinner at a certain time, there is not set time that you need to get up, no set time to do anything.  That is why this is at the top of my list.  I love being able to let go of the structure of life for those precious days by myself and just adopt a freer, less contrictive lifestyle.

I know that it might be cliché about going nude but really that is a time to be one with your birthday suit.  Its not to say you can’t walk around nude with your partner or whoever else you feel comfortable with but it just seems better when you are alone.  To walk around and not try to hide all the flaws you think you have (which you might do with someone else).  Just getting naked.  Its liberating.

My last item on the list was singing and dancing.  This is one that I truly get behind.  I’m lucky because I don’t have close neighbors, so I can blast my music and I do.  Its so loud and I just sing to the songs on my playlist and dance around my house.  Its fun, great exercise and a grea way to cut out the stress.  One of the best songs for this is Part of Me by Katy Perry.  Another good song for this is Sugar, Sugar by The Archies and of course anything by Lady Gaga.

Best Three Limericks (from the Little Limerick Book)

This is a far cry from some of my other posts but I did say that I would be posting on the best three of everything in the world that interests me and that includes limericks.  I was at a garage sale this past weekend and there lying in a box was a small little book of limericks.

To be precise, the book I picked up was:

The Little Limerick Book; [an uncensored collection] illustrated by Henry R. Martin (Mount Vernon, N.Y.: The Peter Pauper Press, [c1955])

For those that are unfamiliar with what a limerick is, I’ve included the definition from dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/)

‘a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.’

I started reading some of them as I was waiting for my friends to finish their tour of the garage sale.  I found the limericks to be highly entertaining, with humor that would have seemed ‘risky’ for the year in which it was published.

I’ve also included some information about the publisher and illustrator

The Peter Pauper Press http://www.peterpauper.com/company.php published the book and the illustrations were by Henry R. Martin http://blogs.princeton.edu/graphicarts/2009/03/martin.html

I’ve also added a link to goodreads.com in which people who have read this limerick book gave it a 4 star rating http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6958210-the-little-limerick-book-an-uncensored-collection

So here are the Best 3…Limericks (from The Little Limerick Book):

1.  He hates to sew, so young Ned,

Rang the bell of his neighbor instead;

         But her husband said, “Vi,

         When you stitched his torn fly,

There is no need to bite off the thread.”

2.  There was a young lady named Kate,

Who necked in the dark with her date;

          When asked how she fared,

          She said she was scared,

But otherwise doing first-rate.

3.  There was a young maid of Havana,

Who stepped on a peel of banana;

            The words she let pass

            As she fell on the grass

Wouldn’t do for a Sunday-school banner.