The next time you feel bored, consider the daily routine of eighteenth-century gentlewomen : six hours for rest ; three hours for "praying, meditating, reading pious books ; "two hours for domestic management".five hours for " needle, drawing, music. An hour for "visit the neighbouring poor". Rest of the day in conversation, reading aloud, and paying and receiving social visits. Boredom isn't fatal, but it can be very painful, says a clinical psychologist. PRESCRIPTION FOR BOREDOM: Make a wish list. Think ahead. Recruit your spouse. Expand your circle of friends. Get out of the house.