We’ve all had it: that feeling that our life is a series of repetitive behaviours and events. At times it feels like we are destined to live Groundhog Day for the rest of our lives. But feeling stuck in a rut doesn’t have to dampen your zest for life; in fact, it could be the start of a new and exciting way of living.
Spend a few minutes thinking about your habits. Do you wake up at the same time every day? Eat the same breakfast? Watch the same TV programmes? Chances are that if you do, you are dulling your own sense of excitement.
Research citied by Dr Joe Dispenza claims that by the time we are in our mid-30s 95% of who we are and what we do is automatic – this includes the behaviours we display, the environment we expose ourselves to and even the words we use.
However, not all is lost. If we find that we’re stuck in a rut, we can take control, but we have to exert our willpower over ourselves to do so. Studies in neuroscience show that by doing something little to change our daily routine we can make our neurons fire in different ways and this is the key to breaking repetitive habits that might be keeping us locked in that rut.
Exposing your brain to different events and novel experiences work wonders for your mind. The more you allow yourself to become the victim of monotony, the more stuck in routine you will become. Now is the time to take that evening class you’ve always wanted to or to start painting again. By making little changes every day you can make huge changes to your happiness.
So how do we step out of our comfort zones? Well, taking time to figure out your dreams is a good place to start. You don’t have to leave your current life behind, but you can make it more exciting by incorporating the things you love into it. If you’ve always wanted to write then set aside some time from your day or week to do so. If you’ve always wanted to paint, then paint. It’s up to you whether this becomes something you pursue as a career or keep as a hobby, but it will add a sense of fulfilment to your life.
If this seems unachievable right now then don’t worry. The simplest activities such as taking a different route to work, waking up at a different time or sampling new foods will still introduce your brain to new experiences. Do this consistently and trying new things will become a part of your personality, as a result you will slowly come out of being stuck in a rut.
Making small changes can provide big returns. So, if you feel like your life is not where you want it to be, take charge and make just a small change today. With time, being adventurous will not only feel comfortable, it will become second nature. So why not see where small changes can take you?!
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