5 Signs That Your Life Is Boring
5 Signs You Are Living A Boring Life and Quick and Easy Solutions to Spice It Back Up
Has your life become mundane and, simply put, boring? If you're reading this article, you probably feel you are living a life without passion or purpose. Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a virtual staffer, whether you have found yourself newly single or just in a life rut, you're not alone. We've all been in that place at one time or another where we feel there must be more to life. It's okay. You simply need a little push to get back on track to feeling alive.
People around the world have become accustomed to living in little bubbles we call "home." Within these bubbles, there is little interaction with the outside world. There's no longer a need to leave our safe havens for much of anything. And with gas prices continually rising, Americans have become even less inclined to hop in the car for a little fun out on the town.
Below are the five signs that you are in fact living a boring life, and some simple ways to get you out of the rut to begin living a life that's worth talking about.
1. Your idea of a night on the town is running to the store for a rental video.
Don't get me wrong. I love a quiet night snuggled on the couch with a great flick, a cheesy pizza, and some warm fuzzy socks. But if you're home week after week without an actual night out with friends or a loved one, it's time to get up, get dressed, and check out what you've been missing. Life will breeze right by you if you take it for granted! So put on your sassiest jeans, throw on a bit of lipstick, and make a date with a friend. If you're single, wearing the jeans and lipstick will make you feel confident, and men (and women) feel confident energy from a mile away!
Solution: Every two weeks, schedule a day or night to get out into the world and do something fun. Check out CitySearch or another local website for events in your area!
2. Laughter seems like a thing of the past.
If you're in a place where not much can get a rise out of you, it's time to exercise that laugh muscle and get happy! While it is normally considered cliché that "laughter is the best medicine," studies have linked laughter with improved health, increased life expectancy, and overall improved well-being. If laughing seems like a challenge, you may be suffering from a bout of depression or other psychological ailment. After consulting a psychological professional for more serious concerns, try heading to a comedy store, watching your favorite laugh-out-loud movie, or setting a lunch date with an old friend who's always had the knack for tickling your funny bone.
Solution: Rent 40 Year Old Virgin with an old friend and pop some popcorn as you prepare to laugh your buns off!
3. You do most of your shopping online.
Shopping online has become the ultimate home convenience. Believe me, I know how nice it is to shop with the click of a mouse and have groceries delivered to your front door. Having an eight-year-old son who's involved in more activities than one mom can handle, it's a convenience that can truly come in handy. That said, it can actually be fun activity to get out and shop! The ability to touch, feel, and smell the very thing that you will buy gives you the confidence that your purchase is worthwhile. Not to mention that heading out to shop gives you opportunities to meet people with similar tastes and interests. When you're in a store you love, step out of your comfort zone and ask the person next to you what they think of the couch color or t-shirt design that you're considering buying.
Solution: Make an effort to do your shopping outside of the home at least four times a week.
4. You drive across the street.
Even if you live in Los Angeles, you should work to cut out any unnecessary driving from your schedule. How boring does is it to drive your car to a place that would take you 10 minutes to walk or 5 minutes to bike? Believe it or not, experiencing the outdoors does not have to be a special occasion or a grand event. Running errands can become a joyous experience in nature. Walking or biking opens up the opportunity to discover interesting people and to open your eyes and ears to the world around you. The next time you have a quick errand to run around town, get a little fresh air and ride your bike. It's such a great way to get a bit of exercise, see sights you didn't know existed, and save a bit of gas, too.
Solution: Take your bike to the local bike store for a checkup and start riding!
5. You're a stay-at-home mom who actually stays at home.
If you stay at home all day with your children, there are plenty of options that can get you out of the house! Set up a playdate with friend, or find one with your neighborhood or on meetup.com. The best part about hanging out together, besides getting out of the house, is that you can exchange invaluable tips and hand-me-downs with mothers of slightly older or younger babies. Some libraries have book clubs with read-alouds, and there are probably many other activities appropriate for very young children that are available in your neighborhood.
If you head straight home after dropping your son or daughter off at school and find yourself anticipating nothing more than turning on the tube for a little trash TV, it's time to switch things up a bit and make a change in your daily schedule. Staying at home is associated with weight gain, and if that is the case, it's even more reason to get up and out of the house—a little movement will paradoxically make you feel much more energetic. It's time to just say no to the staying-at-home rut and prepare yourself to do things a little differently.
If you have little ones at home with you, check out your local community center for "mommy and me" classes or an hour or two of childcare. Why not work toward learning a new skill or perfecting a hobby? Check out the classes at the local community college. There are so many low-cost and even free options available in most communities that staying home during the day is not a necessity anymore.
Solution: Go to a neighborhood playgroup this week or get your local community center newsletter and find a class that interests you. You have one week to find it and sign up for the next session!
As you get out into the world, you will start to discover what brings you passion. You will be faced with opportunities that you didn't know existed. You will start to know yourself like you never had before.
It's amazing how simple steps toward living your life abundantly will get you closer to knowing what your purpose is on this planet.
Start today. Twenty years from now, you won't regret it.