Sometimes our lives just don’t seem “fun” anymore. You don’t want to get out of bed, let alone go to work! We all have experienced this pattern: Get up, go to work, come home, take care of the family, watch TV, check your Facebook or twitter pages, cell phone, and go to bed every single day! At what point do we get fed up with the routines of life making us feel depressed, lethargic, empty and miserable? Do you need to find ways of improving your life? If you are “stuck in a rut” and obviously not enjoying your life anymore, surely it’s time to do something about it. You may not even have noticed the gradual decline of your life’s “quality,” just sort of drifted into a daily routine where most of your actions are performed on “autopilot.”
I know it will not be easy to make changes in your life, nor will you suddenly wake up happy. But if you do not take the necessary steps to improve your life, you only dig that hole deeper in your life and you will stay miserable every day. Also, your misery will affect your relationships with your partner, your family, and even your work.
If you feel you are in that routine, or miserable state of life, now is the time to start improving your life. So how do we do this?
Here are some tips that will gradually help you regain your interest and improve your life.
• First of all, think about your daily routine and identify at least one thing you could do differently. It can be something as trivial as driving a different route, or shopping at a different store. It doesn’t matter what it is, the idea is just to do something different. Try to notice different things, or experience different feelings during the course of your day. Remember, the goal is to break the routine.
• Second, consider taking up a new hobby or sport. Find something you might be interested in, or that you used to do, but never seem to get around to anymore. It must be something interesting to you. Try a new sport, start exercising, read a book, donate your time to a charity, eat at a different restaurant, put date night back in your marriage or relationship, take a walk; anything that is new or different or forgotten to get you thinking about a new way to enjoy your day.
• Third, spend five minutes every day dwelling on something in your life that’s positive. Your children, spouse, friends, a beautiful sunset, the fact that you have a job when so many others don’t. Whatever is positive in your life, let your mind seek it out and dwell on it for five full minutes everyday. Train yourself to look for a new favorite positive each day from the smallest gift to the biggest blessing: No red lights on the way to work? Celebrate! Your daughter texts you, “I love you” for no reason? Cheer! Practice looking for the positives and spending time with them and that will brighten your attitude on a regular basis and soon you’ll be seeing positive outcomes everywhere you look.
Bear in mind that these tips only represent “a start” to improving your life. As you change things little by little, your life will become more and more interesting, and you will begin to look forward to the next day, and doing new things. Those around you will also regard you differently, and want to be around you more, and trust me, you will be happier with your new, improved life. Remember, the goal is to discover something different or new that can break that routine and make you look at your life differently and start enjoying every day. Life is a gift. What are your ideas for improving your outlook on life?
“Worry less, smile more, accept criticism, take responsibility, listen and love, don’t hate, embrace change, feel good anyway.” Unknown