It’s been said time and time again, “if you’re bored with your life, change it.” Now that may sound manageable in theory but in practice, it’s hard to get yourself out of a cycle. How do you stop yourself from reverting back to a routine? It’s hard, especially because change can be scary. If you’re like me, you don’t adapt easily to change, so you try to avoid it as much as possible. So, what do you do when you become bored with your life, but are too scared to change it?
Here’s some advice from someone who has a bad habit of getting into a routine:
- Make Small Changes- whether it’s just walking down a different street, listening to a new band, or ordering something new at a restaurant, change doesn’t have to be drastic. One of my personal favorites is going to a new dessert place, and trying everything on their menu. I do this with ice cream places, froyo shops, even smoothie stands. It’s simple enough to actually do and cheap enough that if you don’t like something, it won’t be the end of the world. I just go in and order something new every time. Sometimes, I even discover that I actually like something I wouldn’t have otherwise tried.
- Set A Goal- if you actually write down a goal, it’ll be easier to envision yourself doing it. It’s one thing to have a thought, but it’s another to actually go for it. Once you write your goal down, it’s no longer just a thought, it’s something to work towards. For instance, I always say to myself, “I’m going to write more,” but life’s stressfulness creates an idleness so overwhelming, I end up not following through. However, If I write down a realistic goal such as “I’m going to write thirty minutes a day” and specifically plan out time to write in my schedule, I’ll become self-motivated.
- Re-Fall In Love- rediscover a forgotten love. It can be something as simple as reconnecting with an old friend, watching an old favorite, or even picking up a forgotten hobby. Sometimes the easiest way to spice up your life is by delving into your past and pulling out a lost interest. Because sometimes, you didn’t actually lose interest, you just prioritized other things in your life. I personally used to love acrylic painting, it was relaxing and self-fulfilling. Unfortunately, for me, life got too busy, I placed painting on a shelf and never returned to it. I have recently had a yearning to paint again, so I did. Just out of the blue, I picked up some brushes and paints and began to re-fall in love with painting. It created a change, that wasn’t really a change at. But it was fulfilling enough to get me out of my routine.
So if you’re ever bored with life, find your own way of changing.