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30 Ways To Add Fun To Your Daily Routine

30 Ways To Add Fun To Your Daily Routine

Do you ever feel like every day is a VCR rewind of the day before? Tying ourselves down to a daily schedule that never changes can suck all the fun out of living in a hurry. Combat boredom with these 30 ways to add fun to your daily routine.

1. Cut the Clutter

The more distractions cluttering up your life, the harder it will be to add fun to your routine. Clear your desk of clutter and eliminate unnecessary tasks that serve no purpose.

2. Laugh to Your Heart’s Content

If we wake up in a funk, it’s easy to find ourselves in a bummer of a mood that is hard to shake off. Start your day by reading funny comics in your newspaper or watching a quick video on YouTube that puts a smile on your face. Just in case you’re interested, here’s my feel-good-video-of-choice:

3. Change Your Morning Routine

Add a nice splash of variety to your life by switching up your morning routine. Do you usually eat breakfast at the table? Take your breakfast out to the porch and listen to the birds sing. Do you typically start your day by working out at the gym? Take your training outdoors by running sprints on a nature trail or track.

4. Dance Like No One’s Watching

Movement is a wonderful activity that you can enjoy any time for $0. Crank up your favorite 80’s jam and dance in your living room. You might feel silly, but I dare you to try this and tell me it wasn’t fun.

5. Sing in the Shower

Belt out a song from your favorite Broadway musical during your morning shower if you want to instantly feel better.

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6. Go People Watching

I often wonder why people are so interested in television, because I find real life much more fascinating. Pack up your lunch and take it to a bench downtown. Watch the bustling city life unfold and be happy in the fact that you are not alone.

7. Strike Up a Conversation

Talking to strangers might be intimidating but it is so very fulfilling. Strike up a chat with the woman serving you coffee, the family in front of you at the grocery store, or a new co-worker who seems a little shy.

8. Do Something Stupid

Go to the park and happily skip like no one’s watching. Lay down flat on your back in a crowded mall, wait for someone to come see if anything is the matter and explain, “I’m okay, I just felt like resting for a moment.” As silly as this might sound, it is purposeful because it will help you build confidence (plus the look on their face will be priceless!). 

9. Listen to Nature Sounds

Go outside and listen to the crickets chirping, birds singing and wind blowing. Focus really hard and be amazed by the beautiful nature sounds that you’ve been too busy to notice.

10. Join a Club

Are you a new mom, a pet-lover, a gaming enthusiast, or an artist? If so, I can almost guarantee there is a club of people just like you who would be so happy to have you in their life .

11. Reconnect with an Old Friend

When life gets busy, it’s easy to lose touch with even the best of friends. Scan through your contacts until you see a name that makes you think, “I wonder what happened to them?” Call them to re-connect, and if they are local, make plans for next weekend.

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12. Walk It Off

Instead of driving straight home from work, stop at a local park for a quick walk to burn some calories, clear your thoughts, catch some rays, and maybe even see cute ducks.

13. Challenge Yourself

What do you want to be remembered for? Answer that question and challenge yourself to make it happen.

14. Strike a Pose

It is uber important to love your body as it is. To encourage a healthy dose of self-love at the top of your day, go ahead and strike a pose while you’re in front of the mirror. Flex your muscles, pose, smile, and be happy in the wonderful vessel that is you.

15. Become an Expert

Choose a topic that fascinates you and read one article per day about that very thing. If repeated over weeks and months, you’ll be so well-versed in this topic that you could start a Facebook page or blog for the purpose of educating the masses. You will also have a fresh batch of conversation starters for parties and social outings.

16. Make a Difference

Animal shelters, children’s museums, and soup kitchens are always in need of volunteers. Choose an activity that connects with you and fill your time by making the world a better place.

17. Learn a Joke

The workplace can become a place of monotony, so learn a new joke if you want to supply your co-workers with a much-needed laugh during the daily grind. Rehearse your routine on the phone with a close friend if you want to perfect your timing and delivery before aiming for the funny bone in a public setting.

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18. Treat Yourself

To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself. When is the last time you treated yourself to a glorious spa or relaxing massage?

19. Drive Away with No Destination in Mind

Have some time to kill? Get in the car and start driving. Explore the back roads that you’ve never ventured to in all the years you’ve been in your city. Go to a neighboring city you haven’t visited and stop at a random restaurant without researching a single thing about it.

20. Take a Class

Feeling active? Take up a yoga or spin class. Feeling artsy? Learn a new craft like stitching, pottery, or painting. If you’d like to increase your confidence and public speaking ability, join an acting class or audition for a community theater production. If you want to learn how to protect yourself, find a self-defense or martial-arts class.

21. Make a Collage

Search through the photos saved to your computer or Facebook account and make a collage with a specific theme in mind. You can doctor up your photos with enhancements and artistic touches for free at Pixlr.

22. Begin a Diary

Who says you ever get too old for a diary? I keep a journal to this day because expressing my thoughts in words helps me cherish my positive memories and deal with my negative ones.

23. Excite Your Palate

Do you eat the same stuff all the time? If so, your poor taste buds are probably bored to tears. Do you usually eat apples and bananas? Swap those out with something new and exciting like mangos, pears, peaches, or plums. Do you usually have plain scrambled eggs in the morning? Upgrade to an omelette that includes mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, and a veggie of your choice (diced tomatoes, chopped onions, and sliced spinach work well if you’re looking for suggestions). 

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24. Change Your Look

How long has your hair been in its current state? Tell your stylist you are ready for change and want to look like a whole new person. Ask them to help you dig through one of those big books of hair styles in the waiting room and suggest styles that would work well with your facial features.

25. Pretend to Be a Tourist

Ask yourself, “If I had a close friend coming into town to visit me and I had 24 hours to make sure they had a heck of a time, where would I take them?” Make a plan to answer that question and then go do all of those things yourself.

26. Explore Your Memory Bank

Take a moment to relax and think about past memories that brought you great joy. Are there any old stomping grounds where you had tons of fun that you haven’t visited in a very long time? If so, go visit those places. When you do, I bet you’ll be flooded with more positive memories that you forgot about until now.

27. Embrace Your Curiosity

A curious mind rarely experiences boredom. Aim to be fascinated by everything that surrounds you. If you can find beauty in the ordinary, you’ll never be bored again.

28. Shake-Up Your Surroundings

It’s easy to become stagnate if our surroundings never change. Try shaking up the layout of your living room to make it more fun and interesting. You could do something as simple as swapping the couch with the recliner, moving your kitchen table to a new angle, or adding some new decorations to your living room.

29. Adopt a Pet

Do you live alone and feel lonely? Adopt a dog from your local shelter if you’d like to have a new companion who will greet you with a burst of excitement every time you walk in the door. If a dog would require more attention than you can muster, a cat might be a better option since felines are as independent as they come.

30. Do Something Different

A person can only do the same exact thing so many times before they get bored. The best way to add fun to your daily routine is to do something different, no matter how big or small, as much as possible. A regular slice of variety will help you stay interested in the daily activity of living. Do you have any fun ideas that you would add to this list? If so, please comment below!

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Last Updated on August 20, 2019

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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