Boring Life: Ways To Make Life More Exciting
By: Joy Youell
Updated October 06, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: April Brewer , DBH, LPC
Daily life can be boring. We work the same hours each day and come home to perform routine tasks that may only change depending on what day of the week it is. We might avoid excess excitement because we find that our responsibilities leave us too exhausted to do anything but watch TV until it's time to go to bed. Whether you work in a repetitive job, have children, or even have an unconventional lifestyle, when life gets boring it can cause you to question the value of your activities. But life doesn't have to be boring. There are many ways to switch up your routine and find new interests. Below, we'll discuss 12 ways to make life more interesting.
My Life Is Boring: How To Make Life More Exciting?
The terms "excitement" and "interesting" can be difficult to define as they are relative to each person. Adding some excitement to your life doesn't have to mean skydiving every weekend, unless that is what you are into. Sometimes excitement can come from such events as attending a concert or going dancing. If strolling through the aisles of an antique bookshop helps to put the wind in your sails, then, by all means find the time to do it.
It's true that there are several benefits to having a routine. Life, however, is all about balance. You can enjoy the benefits of a routine while ensuring that daily life doesn't leave you feeling bored. Sometimes, breaking out of our molds is just what we need.
Benefits of Breaking Out of Your Mold
- Shaking up your routine can improve your focus when you return to the tasks you have to complete.
- Taking the time to stop what you are doing and engage in something out of the ordinary has been shown to boost stamina.
- By stepping away from your normal routine, you get the chance to examine how it is or isn't working in your best interest. This chance to adapt your usual way of doing things is also a way to improve your overall productivity.
- Engaging in new experiences opens your mind to possibilities outside of your usual existence. As writer Neale Walsch puts it, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
12 Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting
- Set Aside the Time
Changing up your routine will take some conscious effort on your part. This might include the decision to forego one (or a few) of your usual activities so you can do something fun instead. Consider setting aside a regular spot in your week to engage in something new. Anything to break you out of doing the "same old same old" is a start.
- Get a Healthy Dose of Laughter
Like they say, "Laughter is the best medicine." A dose of laughter therapy might be just what you need to take the edge off the boredom that is draining your day. Laughter is therapeutic as it helps you relieve stress. Watch a comedy, grab a comic book, or read funny memes. Whether it makes you laugh out loud or giggle and shake – it's all good!
- Continuously Ask Yourself "Why?"
During every routine task you perform throughout the day, ask yourself why you do it. Sure, the kitchen needs cleaning and you need to eat lunch, but there are other tasks that are nonessential. If you can't find a good answer as to why you perform a specific task, cut that task out of your life. Think of something you would rather be doing and fill the time with that instead.
- Change Up Your Style
Seeing a "different" you in the mirror might help change your outlook on life in general. It can be a relatively small change like dyeing your hair a shade lighter or something major like a new cut and a completely different color. You could also buy a couple of new outfits to spice up your closet and replace some items you just don't like wearing anymore.
- Be the Host
Challenge yourself to host a dinner party at your place. Invite friends and/or family. This will force you out of your comfort zone. Confide in a friend you've invited why you've stepped out of your comfort zone in this way. They could provide moral support for you throughout the evening.
- Redecorate Your Space
When you invite others into your space, it can force you to step back and take a look at your "stuff": how you arrange the furniture, what would make a nice addition, and what you should probably be donating to a charity. Along with inviting others to share your space, you can simply rearrange and redecorate for a new perspective. If you are feeling unsure, start with just one room, or even just a section of a room, and go from there.
- Rekindle Old Flames/Family Connections
Whether it's a childhood friend or an old lover you're still on good terms with, rekindling a previous relationship can be a great way to add some excitement to your life. The widespread use of social media makes this one of the easiest ways to shake up your mundane routine. If you have not been in close contact with family members, then it might be time to reach out to them and start catching up on what you've missed.
- Start a Blog
Is there something you are passionate about? A hobby or topic? It can be anything at all. If it gets your juices flowing, then consider sharing that enthusiasm with others by way of a blog. Having to create and update your blog might encourage you to delve deeper into exploring your passion. There are many content management systems (CMS) you can use to set up your blog. If you need help, you can find multiple sources online that offer great advice on making the most of your blog.
- Take Night Classes
This is one of the most common pieces of advice offered when someone finds themselves in need of a new activity, and for good reason. Night classes offer the opportunity to mix with new people while learning a new skill. It is also a great way to shake up your routine if you are used to spending your evenings at home zoned out in front of the TV.
- Focus on Your Health
Regular exercise and proper nutrition are proven to boost your mood. Exercise causes your body to release "feel good" hormones, which accounts for the high we often feel after a workout. Healthy eating habits and good nutrition also promote feelings of general well-being. You can make the change gradually. Start by swapping out unhealthy snacks for more nutritious ones, for instance. You can then move into changing up entire meals to make them healthier.
- Start Your Day Differently
If you feel hesitant about making huge changes all at once, then go with just one or two small modifications at a time. For example, you can make slight changes to the way you start your day. Instead of waking up at 7 a.m., wake up at 6 a.m. and do some light stretching or get dressed and go for a run. Put music on instead of the TV while you get ready for work. Eat a different breakfast. Take public transport instead of your car to work. Try doing something different, regardless of how minor. It will change your mindset for the day ahead.
- Write It Down
Spontaneity has its merits, but it is also a good idea to plan sometimes. Stop and think about just how you would like to change up your routine. Write down the things you would like to do and how you can go about doing them. You can make a long-term list as well as everyday to-do lists. Making lists will give you the added satisfaction of being able to tick off your accomplishments as you get them done.
Bear in mind that boredom isn't always a bad thing. There are several benefits to being bored and for most people, boredom can be subdued with relative ease when they need to move past it. Engaging in regular interesting activities helps negate feelings of boredom by providing something to look forward to.
There is a dark side of boredom, however, which is associated with substance use disorder, anxiety, and depression. This may affect some people who feel that their life is stuck in a rut that they're finding increasingly difficult to emerge from. If this is the case with you, and you think you need more than the suggestions shared here, it may be time to seek the help of an in-person or online therapist.
If you’re having difficulty finding the time to travel to a therapist’s office or feel unmotivated to even leave your home, online therapy might be the perfect fit for you. Online therapy has been shown to be effective in treating depression. A literature review of 14 articles found that people who have depression and sought treatment via online therapy saw a reduction in their depression symptoms similar to those who were treated with traditional therapy. Online therapy is also beneficial in reducing symptoms of anxiety, eating disorders, and PTSD.
BetterHelp Can Help You Find Ways To Make Life More Interesting
If you find yourself feeling stuck in a certain season of life, you may need the support of a counselor. A mental health professional can provide a safe and meaningful exchange that can help you step into a new season. BetterHelp is an online platform that matches you with the right counselor for your needs. In the convenience of your own home, online counseling can be a powerful tool to provide you with the resources and motivation to move forward in life. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp counselors from people experiencing similar issues.
"I'm immensely grateful for Jesse and BetterHelp for providing people like me a platform to work on mental health. Over the last few years I've gone through many things positive and negative in life. And I have found the support and counsel of Jesse a life saver. Not only am I able to navigate through difficulties of daily life, I am able to work on improving my overall life as well."
"Dr. Kutner understood my needs and concerns and is helping me find my motivation again."
I like Goldie's demeanor. First, she is a good listener. Key to success. Second, she says what needs to be said calmly and then, allows the statement to have the impact. She does not try to make the impact. She is wise and kind. By the end of the session, her kindness and acceptance, along with her wisdom helps to encourage and motivate. Thank you.
No More Boring- Make Life More Exciting
Banishing boredom from your life is not a single action that will last. As anything becomes familiar, it can stop giving us feelings of happiness or excitement. Sometimes this points to the need for a life change. Other times, it points to an internal dissatisfaction that we are projecting onto our circumstances. BetterHelp can provide you with a counselor who will help you work through feelings of chronic boredom by addressing the underlying causes of why you feel the way you do. Reach out today and learn if this could be the right step for you.
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