Your daily routine is comforting and calming. You know what needs to get done, and you do it. Your life is structured. As you reach your forties and fifties your find your days settle into a pattern. You have it all under control.
I know for me, with my children growing up, they need me less, physically. However, they still need me for support, an ear, and a meal. Life has settled into a certain routine. I feel less hurried and crazy then I did when they were younger. I like how my days flow.
However, there are days that feel, well, predictable.
I am a huge proponent of self-care. Finding things you enjoy, then making time for them can make your days more interesting and enjoyable, as well as help your physical and mental health.
How about trying one of these ideas to take care of yourself and break out of your daily rut.
1. Take a Class
What have you always wanted to learn? Do a Google search and find a class. Not a college class with tests and studying, but something fun and interesting. How about a cooking class, scrapbooking, coloring, bird watching, or whatever it is. Find a class and register. If you can’t find one locally, search for an online class. Your imagination is your limitation.
2. Tour a Local Sight
Most of us “go” to see tourist sights far away from where we live. We have to plan a vacation to see it. We tend to forget that there are fun and interesting things to see near where we live. Take off early from work one day just to walk, learn and relax while seeing something others travel long distances to see.
3. Watch a Sunrise or Sunset
When was the last time you got up early to see the sunrise? When was the last time you just sat outside and watched the sun go down? If you live in a big city, go to an open area to see the sun just above the horizon. There is something about that time of day that can give you a feeling of all is right in the world.
4. Restart an Old Hobby
Hobbies are a time for you to be creative and relaxed. You may have scrapbooked when the kids were little but stopped because of lack of time Pull out a few photos and create a layout. Maybe you used to knit or sew. Did you collect stamps? Read? What hobby did you love? Try it again.
5. Take a Photography Walk
Grab your camera or smart phone and go for a walk. Take a walk during lunch to someplace different, paying attention to nature, flowers, or architecture around you. Use your photos as a screen saver or print them out and hang in your office.
6. Go to a Coffee Shop & Read a Good Book
Find a local coffee shop that you haven’t been to in a while. Take a good book. Find a comfy chair and read. No guilt, just get away and let yourself relax.
7. Try a Different Exercise
It doesn’t have to be hard, but if you normally do aerobic exercise, try strength training or yoga. Switch it up. You can find almost anything on YouTube. Do a search and try something new.
8. Sign up for a Fun Run
With summer comes Fun Run fundraisers. Find a friend and sign up for one. Just a 5K. You can do it. Get some exercise, outside time and do something good for a worthy cause.
I find that most people think they can only volunteer if they sign up for a regular volunteer schedule. Not the case. Many local agencies need one-time help. Ask at the library if you could sort books for their next used book sale. Stop by at a food bank and tell them you have a couple of hours and see what they have for you to do. Giving of your time…you get more in return than what you give. Try and see for yourself.
10. Go for a Hike
What trail haven’t you tried before? Go to your local tourist guide center, pick up a map, and try a new trail. If you live in a city, find a new walking tour. Just getting out can make you feel more alive.
11. Visit a Park, Garden or Arboretum
Most cities spend local tax dollars on parks or public gardens to beautify the city. Go spend some time there. You could combine this with your photography walk.
12. Eat Dinner Someplace Else in Your Home
If you normally eat at the dinner table, eat on the couch while listening to music. If you normally eat in a chair, throw a blanket on the floor and have dinner picnic style. Normally eat on dinner plates, use paper plates. Switching it up can make it feel special.
13. Schedule a Massage, Pedicure or Infrared Sauna
Doing something to make yourself feel pretty, relaxed or detoxed can help your frame of mind. What do you love to do? Go, do it.
14. Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Yes, bubbles are fun, but put Epsom salt in your bath instead, turn down the lights, and play some soft music. Detox and relax. You deserve it.
15. Have Sex
Studies show that the frequency of sex for most women slows down after 40. Yet, sex has many health benefits. Plus it helps you reconnect with your spouse. Plan a relaxing and sexy evening with him.
Routine is good. Our brains crave routine, so it doesn’t have to exert as much energy. But take a day this a week and find a way to break up your routine. It is good for reducing stress and feeling your best. You are at a stage in life where you can and should take time for you.
Tell me what you like to do to break up your daily routine.