Stuck in the same old Routine?

Ahh, Summer! The time when a breezy afternoon or an unexpectedly cool eveDon't let summer slip away: try something new!ning can feel electric and full of possibility. Your fingertips may itch with the pull of trying something new and exhilarating. Does your mind retreat to the myriad reasons to hesitate, delay, or deprioritize new experiences? Well, carpe diem! Whether it’s sky-diving, taking dance lessons, pulling the bike out of the garage (cobwebs and all), or lying in a hammock for an entire afternoon, seize the opportunity before summer ends to stretch yourself and try something new. Perhaps today!

Most people live at an intense pace (physical, emotional and mental).  We get stuck in routine, either for the sake of efficiency or fear of unfamiliar territory. The lack of variety in our lives – doing the same things over and over again – gets old.  It stagnates not only our minds but also our bodies and hearts. Hesitant to break your routine? It is interesting to note that fear and excitement have the same physiological expression in our bodies; it is our mind that classifies the feeling as either positive or negative. So the next time you consider a change in routine and your mind says “scary!” see if you can re-frame it as “exciting!”There’s a natural energy in the summer that encourages us to break out of old habits and see the world with fresh, more childlike eyes. Trying something new is a great way to get a fresh perspective:  is your life really as you want it to be? Otherwise, what are we really waiting for? Next month? Next year? To die? Our lives open before us every day full of possibility. We merely need to choose to act to seize it. Choose to Prioritize You. You are worth it.

What is something you have never done before or that you have wanted to do for a long time? Choose your own adventure: organize a kayak trip, take a cooking class (I can help with that one!), plan a weekend away,  buy that funky outfit, or set a goal for a new personal challenge. Or try something simple, like playing flashlight tag with your kids and neighbors or reading in the sunshine or eating lunch at a park. Maybe it’s time to discover a new vegetable dish or to visit a new town, restaurant, or beach.  After school starts, crowds really die down quickly!              Enjoy the days of summer

Increasing new experiences and excitement in your life helps your body too.  It can decrease your need for artificial stimulants like caffeine and sugar. You’re also less likely to turn to food for easy entertainment when you’re not hungry. Whatever adventure calls to you, use what’s left of the summer to make it happen and enjoy the life you came here to live.