Leading a groundhog’s day kind of life gets boring and can bring a person down. Waking up to see the same people, go to the same places, and deal with the same issues can hinder growth. Or at least that is the way I feel sometimes. The more I read, think, and discuss this topic I come to realize the smallest of changes can make a huge difference. My schedule has become so mundane and predictable that I am often frustrated. Many believe a shake up in day-to-day activities means spending more money. I have learned that does not always have to be the case. Here are some ways I recommend you can break the cycle, and promote a much needed boost to a seemingly humdrum lifestyle:
*Get outdoors – I cannot stress this enough, and I probably will in every other post. Although, summer weather is reluctantly arriving in the East Coast, I am adding a hike at least twice a month to my “shake-it-up” list.
*Take on a new challenge – Nothing says “hear me roar” than achieving a seemingly impossible task. Introducing an array of healthy habits has been a struggle. But if I fall off I just get right back up and try again. So far I have conquered making sure to have a healthy breakfast every day, getting up from my desk every hour, and increasing my water intake. Fitness wise I am currently dredging my way through day 6 of Blogilates 100-squat-a-day for 30 days challenge. Click on the link and join the fun. Really! It’s actually fun.
*Learn something new – Youtube is full of tutorials and there are countless free sites and applications geared to teaching a skill. I have been using Duolingo, a language learning application to improve on my Spanish. The app provides a series of short lessons and entertaining ways to test your skills. The more I improve the more I am challenged.
*Schedule a lunch date with friends – One attempt to shake up my typical weekend is to have lunch with a friend once a month. In May I tried a hidden gem of a Mexican restaurant in Hackensack, New Jersey. It was an hour an half reprieve from my usual roles, giving me the chance to be carefree and have a few laughs. This outing was my power nap, which had a restorative effect and alleviated some frustration. This month I am heading to one of the many beautiful wineries in my home state.