Breaking the monotony of life

monotony of life



Breaking the monotony of life

I don’t know about you but there are times when I really struggle with the routine and monotony of life. Another morning, another round of getting ready, doing chores and getting through the day only for it to all start again in 24 hours time. Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day?”. Well, it seems to be that many of us relive the same old stuff day after day. Housework is a never-ending thankless job. Unloading and reloading the dishwasher, unloading and reloading the washing machine..and so it goes. There has to be another way…

Some parts just cannot be avoided but there are ways to reduce the mind numbing monotony that pervades many lives:

1) Try something new at least once a week.

Whether it’s a new perfume, new type of fashion or a different type of food – make sure you are introducing something new into your life at least once a week.

2) Shake your routine up, if you dare.

If you have a strict routine where specific things happen on specific days, try moving them around a little. You may wonder why you should mess with a perfectly good routine and, if it works  superbly, perhaps you can skip this step. For those of you who feel bored and need inspiration – rejigging your routine can help you to see things with fresh eyes and make changes for the better.

3) Learn something  new every day

It’s easier than ever to teach yourself one new fact every day – just get on Google and look up something that you have always wanted to know. The psychological boost is worth it – instead of feeling that you are stagnating, you will feel that each day you are that little bit wiser. If you’re really feelin daring – sign up for a university course or a part time online course.. see my post on free online education:

4) Travel

Try new places far and near. Take a different route to get somewhere or simply drive down a road that you’ve never been down before. Exploring the globe is all part of expanding your horizons and widening your comfort zone.

5) Reject routine as a form of safety

Some structure (framework) is a good thing but it can become an excuse to remain rigid in one’s ways which ends up affecting how we think about ourselves and the world. Rigidity encourages judgemental thinking and a resistance to change. Learn to be flexible – it will improve your confidence not derail it.

6) Resist planning too far ahead

Part of shaking off monotony involves feeling comfortable with the unpredictable nature of life as well as developing the skill of tolerating uncertainty. Research has shown that the more we expose ourselves to unfamiliar surroundings and situations, the more our brains stay active and ‘enquiring’. An element of surprise and challenge also helps with reducing the likelihood of dementia.

Learning to live outside your comfort zone is the quickest route to self reliance and a high feeling of being able to handle whatever life throws at you. Learn to be flexible and adaptable and shake off the boredom that can so easily set in.

Mandy X

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