Feeling bored and uninspired by life lately?
I dealt with this not so long ago. I felt bored with everything I did and found myself constantly searching for that "fun" thing that would get me fired up again.
I know I'm not alone in this, so I thought I'd share some of the things that helped get my spark back.
1. Do something different.
Sometimes you're in a rut, because you're well, in a rut. Walking the same paths, doing the same things, seeing the same people...
No matter how fun something is at at first, if you do it consistently enough, you run the risk of burnout. Rather than giving up something you once found fun, try doing something different for a while. Spice it up.
Take a new route for your morning walk. Visit a friend you haven't seen in a while. Read a book you wouldn't normally read. Find a way to add something new to your day.
2. Remind yourself of your goals.
How many times have you quit your workout routine out of sheer boredom? I sure know I've done it plenty of times!
But rather than quit, always remember why you're doing this. Never, ever forget your goals, remember how important they are to you, and find a new route to get there.
3. Soak up some sunshine.
Sometimes you just need a bit of sun. While there are cons to getting too much sun, a bit of sun in small doses is great for boosting, not only your mood, but immunity, the quality of sleep, and lowering blood pressure.
Spend some time outdoors playing catch with your kid or take your dog for a walk that's more than just a potty trip. Instead of reading in bed, grab a blanket and find a park with a big shade tree.
4. Take a break.
On the other hand, sometimes the lack of desire to do anything is your brain telling you that it really doesn't want to do anything. We seem to stay so busy these days, focusing so much on maximizing our days, that we hit sensory overload. It might be time to simply do nothing and relax.
Find a quiet place and just spend some time with yourself. Maybe in a quiet park, or a river bank. Or sitting quietly in a library. Pick something that won't stimulate your senses, and just be with yourself, your thoughts. You could also try meditating.
Do you have any tricks that have worked for you?
Image credit: 1 R. Nial Bradshaw; 2 Ralph Bestic