How to Fall in Love With Life Again
Maybe you’re stuck in a rut, maybe you’ve got cabin fever, maybe you’re just plain bored. For whatever reason when you find yourself looking at life and thinking “there’s got to be more to it than this!” It doesn’t leave you feeling good.
There are a few things you can do and different ways to look at life that will get you to fall in love with your life again.
1. Don’t live in the past. It’s easier said than done that you shouldn’t get down on yourself for what has happened in the past. What’s done is done plain and simple. You can’t change no matter how hard you want to. Your past does not define who you are.
2. Don’t live in the fictitious future. The quicker you can let go of what should be and what you want to be to sooner you can enjoy what you have right now. There are no guarantees of what tomorrow will bring or what 10 years from now will bring. It’s nice to dream and have ambitions but you set yourself up for big disappointment when grow too attached to those ideas and they don’t work out.
3. Get excited about something. Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Try photography, running, painting, gardening, decorating, car restoration, yoga, cooking, baking you name it if you thought about doing it, now is the time to do it. Get excited about it throw yourself into it fully and completely. Give it a real shot and have fun.
4. Do something for someone else. This is one sure way to get me feeling better about everything. If you are able to help someone, even in a very small, seemingly insignificant way it can make you beam inside. Help someone with a chore, tidy a room, pick up a bottle of wine on the way home from work. These small gestures actually have a big impact and can make you feel even better than the recipient.
5. See the beauty in everyday things. We can get so caught up in the day to day grind that we overlook even the most beautiful things around us. The longer we let this go on the worse it seems to become. Spend two minutes right now and look out your window, across the street or up at the sky. Look at how things move slowly, purposefully and beautifully.
6. Spend some time outside. There’s nothing worse, for me than being cooped up inside for a long period of time. I get down, moody, bored and lethargic. Get me outside, even if it’s just sitting enjoying the fresh air, and I feel a million times better. If you’ve been feeling the same (moody, bored etc …) try heading outside. Do some gardening, read a book, stare at the clouds like you did when you were a kid, anything that you do inside try taking it outside you may be pleasantly surprised.
7. Do something creative. You may not think you have a creative bone in your body but I’ll bet you do. If you don’t currently do anything creative it may be that you’re scared of failing, creating something sub-par or being laughed at for your attempt. Don’t worry about the nay-sayers and do something. Paint a picture (abstracts are easiest, for me anyway), take some artsy type photos of regular everyday things, make up a new song – something silly for the kids or Grandkids, attempt to knit a scarf or design a garden. You’re only limited by your imagination and your fears.
Read more about loving your life in my book, Your Life | Live it. Love it.
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