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NEW NEW NEW: Try to add variety to your routine

by Kristen Andersen | Feb 12 | #varietyisthespiceoflife

For the last 11 months, most of us have hardly seen a thing besides the inside of our homes. Many of us sit on the computer, watching from our windows as the Sun and Moon relentlessly chase each other.  The days blend together, the weeks go by quickly, and before we know it, an entire year has passed us by and we have almost nothing to show for it. 

How can we overcome this feeling of… time lost?

To tell you the truth, I don’t know! I don’t really think anyone knows right now…

But I do know that I have found one basic principle that has helped combat the monotony:

Do at least one “new” thing a day 

Whether it is to listen to a song I’ve never heard before, practice a yoga pose I’ve yet to try, or even call a friend I haven’t spoken to in a while… having one unusual experience per day has been so helpful in keeping the days separate. 

I started getting into videogames over the last few months despite being a lifelong videogame-hater. A few months ago, I found myself already over the day by 2 pm. I wanted to just go to sleep already so that I could “fast forward” time. Fate had it that my little brother caught me just before my depression nap. He asked if I wanted to watch him play the new videogame he just downloaded. I wanted to saw “Ew, no” but I was so out-of-my-mind bored that I agreed because there’s no way it could be worse than refreshing my Twitter timeline for the 467th time that day.

To make a long story short, my brief open mindedness led to a a completely new hobby. I’ve since purchased a few videogames of my own. I even found an online community of people who also love the same videogames as I do. I have something to look forward to after work, I have a new group of online friends to talk to, and I have a lot less free time (which is a good thing nowadays, isn’t it?)

New, new, new. The brain grows stronger when it turns the unfamiliar into routine. 

Pay attention to how you feel physically. I’ve noticed when my mind craves fresh stimulation, it sends me signals in the form of my physical well-being. I notice I feel more antsy, my legs get restless, my shoulders tight, my eyes strained. That general malaise is almost always cured by a change of scenery– a walk to the window, a walk to the mailbox, even just a simple room change. 

Let’s all challenge ourselves to try one new thing this weekend. One thing we haven’t yet done. Whether it is to saunter down the street you usually walk past or to watch a movie you’ve never seen before; Let’s satiate the mind’s craving for novelty and defeat those feelings of apathy!

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