(whoops! What’s wrong with me? I start these posts during the day and edit them throughout; not sure why I forget to hit publish at night? Be on the lookout for a 2nd post later today)
Getting out of a rut usually requires doing things you’ve never done or seeing things you’ve never seen.
Studies show that people who go on lots of walks or drives to places they’ve never been are normally more resistant to Alzheimer’s or dementia. The theory is that human beings were nomadic for thousands/millions of years, so it’s baked into our DNA for our minds to need the visual stimulation of new places or things to see.
They even found that your mind is more active, alert and happy if you drive a new route to work every day. The same endorphins that get fired during a drive in the woods also get fired when you go shopping.
How this relates to you
I’m not suggesting that if you go for a walk today that it’ll solve everything for you. But getting out of a rut requires variety. And variety is the spice of life, right?
If you went for a walk every day, that would definitely change things. Going to the gym every day would change things. Joining 2 or 3 networking meetup groups would change your life. Signing up for that night course would change things.
To go along with my “resolutions” post yesterday, we need big, obsessive goals sometimes, since a crazy big change is usually easier to maintain than quiet, casual change.
I know the general consensus in the last 25 years is that quiet change is better, and I too believed that, but that has NOT been my experience.
If you have the “blahs” today, it’s time to change up your routine.