Breaking Monotonous Routines

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.

Lyric from “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
The world is ever changing and so is your story. Find your balance by incorporating a new norm. So my fellow Resolifers, can you relate to this post? If so, what ways do you see yourself sprucing up your routine? Comment below!

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