Habits and routines can be good, they serve a purpose. They can make life more efficient and predictable. The more routine our life is the less brain power we need to expend. However, if we become too set in our patterns then the potential for learning something new and growing declines. We run the risk of becoming stagnate and lose our sense of curiosity and adventure.
As Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a University of Wisconsin Health psychologist says, ”Our best life begins on the edge of our comfort zone, to ignite our potential, we must stretch ourselves outside of our daily patterns.” Not letting fear or routine get us set in our ways.
Mirgain suggests starting small by mixing up the daily routine. Maybe drive a different route to work, or try a new type of food or a new restaurant. Saying yes to something you would normally say no to. Introduce yourself to a stranger and strike up a conversation, take up a new hobby, new sport activity or take a class.
While something fairly simple and small like trying a new food may not seem life changing, it’s about learning to step outside of your habits and self-prescribed limits. Continuing to learn, explore, be curious and adventuresome.
Stretching yourself to try something new might produce surprising results. You may end up creating a new favorite activity or uncovering a new skill set that you were previously unaware existed.
Switch up the same old same old auto-pilot pattern and give your spirit a chance to soar by trying something new. What better time than now to give it a try and change things up?