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Do it differently

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Do it differently

 

There’s a saying, “a change is as good as a holiday”. I know I would rather take the holiday ¬†thanks, but sometimes making changes is easier and more accessible than taking holidays (not to mention less expensive) so I have thought of a few easy ways to make refreshing small changes that might just shift your perspective.

1) Alter your routine.

If you always buy the newspaper first thing in the morning, try going for a coffee first or go an hour later. You may meet different people, something different might occur because you have changed your ‘daily time zone’. If you usually shower in the morning, try a shower in the evening. If you start by washing your shoulders and working downwards, begin your shower routine by washing your feet first and working upwards.

Apparently, doing things slightly differently affects the neural pathways in the brain, over time, new neural pathways get reinforced and this alone can shift your perspective slightly.

2) Change your supermarket shopping direction

We tend to stick to the same direction every time we visit the local grocery store. Next time, either start on the complete opposite side of the supermarket or change the direction of the aisles you visit. Work back to front, shake it up and you will probably find you notice new products as your brain will be more alert and less on ‘auto-pilot’.

3) Drive a different route

Take a different route to work if possible. If you always sit on the same place on the train or bus, try somewhere new. We are creatures of habit but this sometimes doesn’t do us any favours.

4) Wear clothing you don’t wear often

Dog out something that never gets a look in when you get dressed in the morning. Wear that outfit that you aren’t too sure about, or the one you bought but have never worn. As long as you don’t feel uncomfortable in it or less confident, get into something new. When you go shopping, be adventurous and buy something that is more colourful than you normally buy. While you’re at it, visit a few stores that you don’t normally go into it.

5) Make a different meal

Try cooking something you have never made before. I know this takes a bit more effort to do but it will increase your meal repertoire and can give you a sense of achievement. Each new experience is a learning curve.

6) Swap indoors for outdoors or vice versa

If you tend to spend most of your time indoors, make an effort to go for a walk or spend time outdoors gardening. If you tend to be outdoorsy, try doing something indoors for a change.

7) Rearrange the furniture

Change the layout of the furniture in your home. This can make a huge difference and re-invigorate you. Try to do a clear out at the same time, you will be you have accomplished something and rearranging your home can be a refreshing activity.

8) Update photos

We all have our favourite photos on display but there are some that could do with upgrading. If you can’t bear to part with any of your current photos, buy a few new frames and put a few new pictures up.

9) Search for free online education

See my recent post on free online education resources. Knowledge is never ever wasted. Keeping your brain active has many advantages including minimising the onset of dementia later in life.

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Do Something Different!

 

Never be afraid to try something new, because ...

Never be afraid to try something new, because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know. (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

Did you know that most people tend to procrastinate? Are you one of them? Why do so many of us delay the inevitable? when you put effort and energy into trying to get what you want in ways that don’t work it will leave you frustrated and stuck. Ask yourself what it is that you want and what isn’t currently working in your life. What is leaving you feeling exhausted, mentally, emotionally or physically? Do you keep coming up against the same brick wall but still push forward in the hope of knocking it down? If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will keep getting the same result-like a rat in a maze-you will keep repeating the same path.

 

If you believe that life will be a struggle, it most likely will be. What are you afraid of? If something isn’t flowing smoothly or if your efforts are not rewarded, stop what you’re doing and try something different. We tend to be creatures of habit and more often than not, we stick with what we know even when it no longer fulfils us. You can turn this thinking on its head, challenge your limiting ideas. The life you are living now is not a dress rehearsal. Decide what needs to be done, stop making excuses and think positively about what the future may hold. Don’t worry if you don’t know what the “something different” is, the first step is to just stop the old behaviours.

Trust in the positive adventures that lie ahead and believe that there is always something better out there for you and that grabbing this “something better” can only happen when you let go of what is not working. fear can cripple us and deny us a full exciting life. Stop exhausting yourself, let go of the struggle and believe that your future can be bright. You may not know how you’re going to change your current situation but taking small steps will eventually lead to there. Sometimes we know what we need to do, we just need to find the courage to take action. Be brave and marvel in your pioneering efforts.

Let go of obstinacy. If you’ve been using aggressive tactics, be willing to soften. If you’ve been playing the victim, be willing to become active and stand firm about who you are and what you want. When you do something different, he immediately change the dynamic allowing others to react differently too.

Free yourself and always tell yourself “no matter what comes my way, I will find a way around it”.

Mandy X

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