Break A Routine
When you break a routine you force your brain (who is a repetition junkie) to wake up from that numb lethargy that comes from doing the same thing over and over again.
A simple change gets it to do extra work, the novelty makes you more alert and observing and you see things from a different angle. You become more present.
Why is it good?
It's during this process that new neural/neuronal pathways are being created -the essence of neuroplasticity- physically altering the structure in your brain. The better you become at it, the more flexible and adaptable a brain you will have.
To break a routine you can:
take a different route to work
sit on a different seat for breakfast or for an office meeting
go to a new café for your morning coffee
try a new workout machine at the gym
get yourself something unexpected (challenging even) for lunch
ask the person at the counter how was their day, or week, and be ready to listen
buy your groceries at a different place
sleep the other way around (your head where your feet are, but make sure your partner is OK with this!)
Extra Brownie Points
Make a routine of breaking your routines!
Have a great week escaping those mind-numbing loops and remember to share with us any comments, thoughts or questions you may have.