Are you climbing the walls or bored with your new normal? Most of us have become accustomed to staying in a lot more and as a result, are feeling a little restless and depressed at our daily routines. The novelty and excitement of trying new things have depleted as we spend more of our time just blindly getting through the hours. These new feelings of deflation, sadness, lack of energy and anxiety can be subtle, but they are powerful, but you can do something about it.
Change one thing
To reverse some of the boredom and stagnation in your routine, change one thing. Not only will you have something new and different to look forward to it will also improve your mental wellbeing. Of course, to change that one thing requires willpower and to ensure it sticks you are going to have to mentally coach yourself to get off the couch and do it.
Our tips below can help kick start the change:
- Deliberately do something different every day. For example, pick an hour to do something you enjoy, such as reading, crafts or baking. You can tidy or rearrange that drawer or cupboard that you’ve been meaning to get around to.
- Keep a good schedule. A stable sleep routine is very important and will impact on your daily productivity levels. Write down key things you want to accomplish on certain days. Having a calendar of activities and marking them off will give you a sense of accomplishment. It will also give the day meaning and help them from rolling into a monotonous never-ending loop.
- If possible, get some sun each day. Spending upwards of 15 minutes outdoors will trigger your body to produce serotonin, needed for good mental health. It is also a great way to change the scenery around you.
- Do that job. That one (or many) that you have been putting off for a long time. Call that friend or relative, declutter that cupboard, sort through your clothes, that junk drawer or clean those windows.
- Move around. Most of us can admit we’ve found it hard not to drink copious tea and coffee while we watch endless boxsets on our sofas. With some dogged determination, we can break this cycle and incorporate a little more movement into our daily lives.
“My partner and I were starting to argue a lot last week,” says Lucy. “We are both working from home and bored out of our minds.” When people are bored, they start to nit-pick at each other, and those snide remarks can turn into rows. Lucy and her partner decided to change one thing; every day at 2 pm they would go for a bike ride.
Lucy quickly noticed how much they needed this release. Their joints were stiff from sitting at their computers all day. The fresh air and change of scenery helped relieve tensions that were building up at home.
She says that by having this little thing on their calendar makes them feel more in control. Boredom strikes when you don’t have anything that looks like a goal. By doing one thing each day, regardless of the task, creates a sense of accomplishment.
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