If you are anything like me, mixing up your daily routine is an important way to keep yourself happy and mentally healthy. Though routine feels safe and secure, it is a false sense of security stemming from the predictability.
According to LifeHacker.com, there is even science to back this up, “Broadly speaking, any time you force yourself to make a change to your workflow, you encourage your brain to make new connections (a concept we’ve discussed previously called neuroplasticity). Routines can run on idle, but changing our habits force your brain to pay attention and learn what you’re doing more carefully.”
I don’t know about you, but I sure would like to grow a few more neural-connectors this year simply by changing the pattern in which I go about my day, but how? Full disclosure: I have ADHD, and the thought of actually having to re-wire my entire day/week/month stresses me out beyond belief. So, when the mounting pressure of ‘how to rewire your routine’ became to much, I googled it… And what a treasure trove of self-help!
One article that stood out was 25 Simple Ways to Change Your Routine and Love Your Day on WiseBread.com. So, I thought I would share my favorite tips here—and check out the original article for more!
Establish a Tradition
But make it a fun one! How about setting aside a daily 20 minutes for “Fruit Time”? Get together with some co-workers that want to get more fruits in their diets and agree that every day one of them is going to bring some fresh fruits for everybody to share. Another idea is to set up a tiny basketball hoop or putting station by your cubicle and make it that every time somebody comes to talk to you, they have to try to two hoop shoots or two puts. With a tradition, you create opportunities to bond with your co-workers and let off some steam.
As more and more people join the social media party, the more common the fear of missing out, or FOMO for short, becomes. Life is already complicated as it is. You don’t need to get stressed about missing out the latest posts from your Facebook friends or Twitter followers. Start cutting back on your social media use. (See also: How to Break Your Social Media Habit)
Sing Out Loud With Somebody
Life is too short to take it too seriously. Take the opportunity to bust out your karaoke skills with a friend, relative, or co-worker. Turns out that scientific studies show that group singing lowers stress, relieves anxiety, and elevates endorphins.
Walk It Out
My friend Alex taught me this great trick to get closer to 10,000 steps a day and to defuse any little crisis at work. Any time that something or someone makes you really upset at work, head outside and walk around the block. If you’re ready to shout at somebody, then take two laps. This allows you to avoid saying something that you might regret, but it also contributes towards your daily goal.
Walk and Talk
Got a meeting? Take a walk. TED speaker, Nilofer Merchant, has taken this initiative and is now able to log in 20 to 30 miles a week just by walking and talking. Literally getting outside of the box that is your office can lead to some real out of the box thinking.