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How to Shake Up Your Life

You step into your empty home after another monotonous day at your 9 to 5 job and all of a sudden, you begin to wonder to yourself:  when was the last time I let go and just spent an entire day without following the same, exact routine?   Am I ever going to have the chance to seek out quality time for myself?

If this situation sounds eerily familiar to you, then have no fear!  Sometimes, the key to having an adventurous life is simply to tweak your daily lifestyle.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to get up and move your entire family to the Caribbean (come to think of it, that doesn’t sound THAT bad of an idea).  Here are just four tips that will help you transform your lackluster life… for the better:

Step out of your comfort zone. 

Okay, I know.  It’s easier said than done, but you will eventually have to face your fears head on…  that is, if you want to move forward in life.  So instead of wallowing in self-pity for something that could have been, take action.  Go ask that cute guy that you have had your eyes on if he wants to grab a cup of coffee.  Tell your best friend that you will go skydiving with her this week.  Don’t worry about falling flat on your face, or embarrassing yourself in front of all of your friends;  we all do that at some point in our lives.  Worry about not being able to experience an amazing opportunity because you were too busy fearing the consequences.  So long as you don’t break the law or risk hurting yourself, then you are good to go!

Socialize. 

You can’t gain amazing cultural experiences without first socializing with people from different cultures.  Sounds obvious, right?  As long as you are open-minded and free to new ideas, you will meet a bunch of individuals from different walks of life who will provide you with a large range of perspectives.  Be aware, though, your outlook may change on life radically.

Flex your brain muscles. 

And by that, I mean make time for a class.  Anything from healthy cooking to vinyasa yoga will work.  Don’t limit yourself to a course that you deem “useful” to your career.  Chances are, the most interesting hobbies are acquired when you stretch past your boundaries.  Have no idea what kind of class you want to take?  No worries!  Just take a look at the course catalog for your local community college or an online program.  You will never know;  you very well just may end up learning Pig Latin.

Change up your routine. 

We are all creatures of routine.  Can you blame us?  From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed at night, we have a certain set of tasks to complete.  These tasks may include anything from looking after a pair of middle school teenagers or even taking out the trash for your parents (hey, it’s not like you can just neglect your children or your chores anytime soon).  So, next time you find yourself dreading your next morning run, go a different route in the evening.  Better yet, find an exercise buddy to come with you as you explore your town on foot!  Okay, so maybe you’re not an avid runner.  Just gather your family for a random night of board games, movies, and popcorn.  Everyone, including yourself, will thank you later.

Just because you have two kids to take care of or homework to finish up every day doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doomed to an eternal state of routine.  Sometimes, all it takes to add a little spice to your life is to step foot outside your house for once and take the opportunities that are handed to you.

Best of luck!

Shellin is a new writer who spends much of her free time constantly running, meeting new people, and seeking out new experiences in life. 

  • Razwana

    Shellin – how about sharing your contact details so I can ‘meet’ you !

  • http://twitter.com/MatthewMMcEwan Matthew M. McEwan

    Great tips Shellin! It’s really useful, I especially like to “flex the brain muscles”.

    It reminds of some advice I once heard. The tip goes, “if you read 4 books per month, then make sure one of them is about something that you think you have no interest in and haven’t really tried before”. That is a great way to expand our own reality.

  • Filipa

    Shellin, this post is something i was needing! Thanks!!! It is really comforting to know that what we sometimes feel is “normal” :)

  • http://thoughtful-self-improvement.com/Free_SE_E-book-soc Natalie

    Habits can be good things. After all if we had to think through everything we do, like concentrating on how to brush our teeth, we’d be completely stressed out. With that said, Habits can dig a huge rut, and in the wrong direction no less. The simplest way to shake up your life is to really concentrate and analyze one of those automatic habits. You’ll be amazed at how the small act of focusing on how you brush your teeth can help you notice other habits in your life and where you could make a change.

  • Chetan

    Wonderful Post Shellin & well at end I thought we can connect more since I am also into marathon running – Thanks Alot for the post :)

  • Mary Slagel@Financial-Lessons

    Great post! I have been getting quite bored with my life lately. I seem to be doing the same things lately. Even when I hang out with my friends we do the same things. I finally expressed this to my best friend the other night. I was in a relationship for awhile and I felt like the only times my life got shaken up was when he and I would break away from our friend group and go out and do what we wanted to do. Other than that, when you are trying to hang out with 4 or more people, it is hard to get every one to agree on what to do so we found ourselves going to the same places, doing the same things over and over. I don’t like that at all. I get bored quickly so I started getting my boyfriend to branch out with me. When we broke up, I stopped saying no to people asking if I wanted to hang out and started jumping at any opportunity. Needless to say, I broke out of my social boredom and found great new adventures.

  • Khyjuan Deshane Mansker

    Nice post, It’s really amazing how important it is to workout more than just our bodies. I mean… the brain really needs a jog or walk often. Maybe even stretching would prevent some unwanted injuries.

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  • http://www.howictheworld.com Hotrao

    Of the four rules I like most the one that suggests to go out of your comfort zone, because challenging yourself outside your normal area of behavior is a good way to push your limit and find a new restart.

    Nevertheless also failures in that case help in growing because the simple fact of trying, whatever is the result, because gives you a different perspective to measure against.

  • http://www.suzieqsolutions.com/ Suzanne Jones

    Regarding tip 1. I have found by NOT doing it (that which is scary) I feel worse. I feel more like a failure if I didn’t risk failing than actually failing itself. Do it!

  • Stephanie

    This article came in right on time – I LOVE it! This is one of my PRIMARY goals for the new year! ;)

  • Shellin

    Hi everyone! I am very sorry for the late response. Glad to see that you guys enjoyed my article! If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at crosscountryrunner21@gmail.com. Hope you’re all reaching your goals! :)