Stepping out of your comfort zone
Research shows that routine can be healthy and important to everyday health. You save time and reduce stress by skipping the need to make constant decisions. It helps us remember to brush our teeth, take the dog for a daily walk, eat and sleep at consistent times, etc.
However, routine can also create bad habits and ruts. We may find ourselves stuck in a negative or boring situation simply because we are too comfortable with the routine to attempt to change the situation.
One sign of a rut is that you feel busy, but you don’t know what you’ve accomplished at the end of the week. Take a fresh look at your routine switch it up with something new. Don’t decide that doing something one way is the best simply because it is the first thing you tried.
Looking for a way to exercise outside and have fun doing it? Try geocaching! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Check out https://www.geocaching.com/play to find geocaching options near you.
Making the Most of Your Time
Make your hobbies accessible and convenient. Keep your hobbies somewhere where you can see them and be aware of them. Try not always picking up after yourself when you are in the middle of a project, or not putting something completely away. This way, you can pick your project or hobby right back up when you have a few minutes.
Beware of time-wasters. These can be anything from toxic relationships to social media. Become aware of how you spend your time.
The outdoors is always ready to go!
Research shows that just five minutes of exercise in a green space, such as your local park, is enough to make you feel happier and less stressed. Are you not into walking or running? Try a bike ride, yoga in the park, rollerblading,swimming, or the new trend; geocaching. Head for the hills, find a swing or playground; even a bench can help with some strength training. If you live near a beach, the sand is sure to intensify your exercise.Exercising outdoors can help you burn more calories, save money, and think clearer.
Meaningfulness of your time
You don’t have to balance Tuesday. There will be times in your life when you have more free time than work, and there will be times when you have more work than free time. You can’t always control the amount of work you need to do, but you can control the meaningfulness of your free time.