Nothing is worse than feeling like you’ve hit a wall and are stuck in a rut. If you’re looking for ways to inject new motivation and growth into your life, try a few of these free and simple ways to experience renewal and growth now.
Have you found your motivation low these days? Has Netflix been dominating your evenings? Do you want to inject that passion back into your life? We’ve all been there. Nothing is worse than getting stuck in a rut, feeling like you need a BIG CHANGE that usually comes with a big ticket price tag.
The good news is, there are simple and free ways you can shake things up in your life right now, so you can break free of limits and have new experiences to increase your energy, spur your creativity, broaden your perspective and give you valuable insights on your life habits.
The secret is: start small.
The list below gives you 20 free ways to get the thrill back into your life, without blowing your budget or making drastic moves, before you’re ready to go big that is.
When you start by making small steps, you gain mental clarity and focus so you can make those big changes with fore planning and confidence.
#1. Play tourist in your hometown. Try going to see a local museum or outside attraction in your hometown and take pictures of how great where you live really is.
#2. Try helping someone else randomly. Research shows that by helping others, you also experience happiness in turn.
#3. Be friendly with new people. Whether it’s getting your morning coffee, a colleague you’ve never connected with or an acquaintance, taking the time to get to know new people is one of the best ways to get out of your rut and expand your mind.
#4. De-clutter your life. Did you know that your physical space has a major impact on your mental mindset? Try sorting through your office, throw stuff away you don’t need, donate items and get a whole new head space.
#5. Switch up your morning. Try using a different route to get to work or stopping by a new coffee shop and see how even a small difference wakes up your mind.
#6. Make a list of things you’re grateful for. Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions that you can use to break free of a negative mindset and start feeling happy again.
#7. Go outside for a walk. A brisk 20-minute walk will re-energize your mind and body. Be sure to avoid looking at your phone and take the time to enjoy your surroundings.
#8. Get more sleep. Sleep is essential to your mental and physical health. One of the best ways you can get your groove back is simply by catching up on Z’s. Make a commitment to a solid bedtime routine (no screens at least one hour before bed) and get the sleep you need.
#9. Try a new recipe. Get experimental in the kitchen with a new fun dish you want to try. Cooking a fun, new meal spurs your creativity and feeds your body at the same time. Plus, yum!
#10. Talk to an old friend. Connecting with a friend can be great to talk through ideas and have light-hearted fun again.
#11. Let go of past anger. If you’re still holding a grudge against someone who wronged you, practice forgiveness – especially if that person is yourself. Remember that anger is like a poison inside you – do it for yourself and let go of toxic energies.
#12. Learn something new. There are so many different resources for free online learning nowadays, why not tackle a new skill you’ve always wanted to try? Learning stimulates new areas of your brain, and helps your mind to make new connections. You may be surprised at the solutions you come up with.
#13. Read a book. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, try picking up a new book at your local library that interests you. Reading is proven to boost your mind and will give you new creative insights. As an aside, reading is a great way to kick a bad TV habit and get a solid nighttime routine for quality sleep.
#14. Host a potluck get-together. Plan a night out with friends or colleagues. Sometimes when you’re stuck in a rut, it’s easy to forget that you have impact on others lives too! Take the opportunity to plan and organize a fun event for all to enjoy.
#15. Tackle your to-do list. Take a look at that daunting to-do list and get a few items checked off so you can clear the space in your mind and experience that thrill of achievement – no matter how small.
#16. Plan your week. One of the best ways you can take back a sense of control in your life is to plan your days beforehand. Be sure to leave in some time for the unexpected so you don’t jam-pack your time and remember that relaxation is important too.
#17. Put your smartphone away. Did you know that research shows the average person checks their smartphone over 100 times a day? Try putting your phone in a basket when you get home from work and avoid mindless email checking and social media trolling so you can enjoy your evening without a constant barrage of information clouding your mind.
#18. Give yourself an at-home pampering session. You’d be surprised at how effective water can be to help clear static energy, frustration and anger. Give yourself a full-on at-home spa day complete with facial cleansing, an epson-salt bath, lotions and all that good stuff that makes you feel like your best self.
#19. Move furniture around. A new headspace is just a few steps away when you move your furniture around. Try moving things around in your home and your office to create a nicer space for yourself.
#20. Use creative expression. Whether it’s singing along with your favourite song, painting a picture of a landscape, or writing your thoughts – creative expression is key to moving into a new headspace. Give yourself a fun way to have a creative outlet and you’ll soon see new ways of thinking that may have eluded you before.
No one is immune from getting stuck in a rut. With all the day to day responsibilities of life, an unencumbered routine can stall your growth. Try using a few of these free small – and surprisingly effective! – ways to reinvigorate your habits and your mind so you can continue to grow and experience new horizons.