Are you happy doing your favourite activities? You’re not alone. Human beings love routine. We consciously nurture habits, and we all have a tendency to repeat behaviors unconsciously. Repetition gives us certainty and comfort.
But humans also crave variety. Variety feeds our creative side and tends to energize us. Stepping out to try new things increases your confidence and appreciation for yourself. All of a sudden, you realize how much more you can do!
With spring, we see a big change in the weather and the world around us – trees are budding, flowers blooming, the days are longer and warmer. Why not add the same kind of change in your life? For the really ambitious, you might consider trying something new every day for a month; others might want to set a goal or one new thing a week. Whatever you choose, we’re sure you’ll feel good about what you’ve done and good about yourself.
Here are some ideas:
- Learning a new skill (and don’t worry about not doing it well)! You may be afraid of failing, but don’t let that stop you. With practice and persistence, you can gain a new skill, or at least, increase your appreciation for that skill. It may lead to a big change in your life!
- Visit somewhere you’d never thought of going before.
- If you mostly spend your time doing sports’ activities, consider going to an art gallery or a theatre. If you usually go to shows and galleries, take in a baseball or basketball game.
- Be a tourist in your own city.
- Look up a walking tour of a Toronto district and pretend you are discovering Toronto for the first time. If you’re an urbanite to the core, take a hike through the Rouge Valley or Bluffer’s Park.
Little Changes, Big Results
Doing something you’ve never tried before doesn’t have to be more than a single activity:
- Eat a vegetarian meal (or vegan for the more ambitious)
- Take a new exercise class like yoga or boxing
- Don’t complain for a day or talk negatively
- Try reflexology
- Get out your camera and take photographs
- Go sketching
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
- Do something kind for your neighbour
- Send someone you know a card just to say “thinking of you.”
- Buy a piece of furniture at a second hand store and renovate it
- Research your genealogy
- Avoid television for a day
- Cook something you’ve never have before, i.e. okra, or duck, or a cake that is gluten free!
Spring is the perfect time to try something new, take up an activity you never thought you’d do, do something a little out of your comfort zone, or spend time somewhere you’ve never been before. By doing something new once in awhile, you’ll never find yourself in a rut. In fact, start something new today and watch as your love of life excitement elevate to new levels!