We all feel stagnant in our lives every now and then. With so much going on around us in our personal and working lives, things can get chaotic and even overwhelming, which leads to a desire for ease and comfort. However, too much comfort can also leave you feeling unmotivated, uninspired, and even depressed.
So, as much as you might want to always cancel plans and stay in or stick to the same old routine, it’s important to find new and exciting things to do to shake up your life. Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things not only helps boost your mental health and happiness, but can also teach things you might not have known about yourself, help you learn new skills, and help you continue to grow as a person overall.
So, if you’re feeling a bit down or stuck in your life, here are some fun and creative ideas for getting yourself out of that rut and taking your life to the next level.
1. Bring Out Your Inner Picasso
Whether you are already a creative person or not, working on creative projects can bring you a lot of joy and offer you an outlet from the rest of the things in your life that are weighing you down. Even if you don’t think you have the skills for it, don’t let that hold you back.
Art and creativity aren’t about being a good artist; it’s simply a form of expression that allows everything on the inside to come out. For many, it’s cathartic and even therapeutic.
So, sign up for the painting class or get into pottery. If taking a class isn’t really what you’re into, you can simply go check out your local arts & crafts store and buy whatever looks fun and work on art projects at home. For example, Cricut tools are all the rage these days and offer lots of ways to bring out your inner crafter and create to your heart’s content.
2. Volunteer to Work with Animals
Working with animals isn’t just about devoting your time to doing good; it can also teach you a lot about yourself and offer you lessons in leadership, which can be useful in other areas of your life. If you are someone who normally isn’t fond of animals, working with them can certainly force you out of your comfort zone and teach you to face your fears.
Working with animals can teach us about taking responsibility, which is something we often stop doing when we fall into stagnant routines. It can teach you that your actions speak louder than words because animals can’t hear you. They also learn to trust you based on your behaviours — which can also be true with other people in our lives. Working with animals can also teach you to stay curious and have fun, as most animals do exactly that — they enjoy the simple things and are always exploring.
3. Go Back to School
If it’s your career that’s got you feeling stuck, then why not consider a change? No rule says you can’t go back to school as an adult. With online learning, this task is certainly a lot easier than it used to be — even if you’re currently working or managing your family.
Our careers take up a significant amount of our time, so if you aren’t doing something that you enjoy, then it can have a big impact on your overall outlook on life and how you feel. Or maybe you just aren’t earning enough money and want a more lucrative career. Whatever the reason, going back to school can give you a new outlook on life and just might be the change that you need.
4. Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been
If you are one of those people who always dream of travelling but always put it off, now might be just the time to make those dreams a reality. Understandably, you might not be able to just pick up and go in the moment, but you can start making a plan and saving up so you’ll be ready when the time comes.
Travelling is an excellent way to break out of your comfort zones and learn new things. You can even plan trips around learning something new, like photography, wildlife, sailing, dancing, art, and more. The world is your oyster! Don’t be afraid to really put yourself out there and meet new people along the way.
5. Become a Culinary Expert
Maybe it’s your daily meals that need a shake-up. If so, why not finally sign up for that cooking class you’ve been thinking about?
Cooking classes not only help you improve your kitchen skills, but they can also teach you about other cultures and their cuisines, boost your self-confidence, and help you make new friends who share your love of food.
These are just some of the many, many things you can do to break out of your comfort zone and take your life to the next level. Though some of them might not seem like that big a deal, you never know what you could learn from the experience or who you might meet that could change your life. And you’ll never know unless you try. So if you’re feeling stuck, stop waiting around for the right time and just take the leap.