Dare Yourself

Stuck in a rut? Want something new to do? No time for holidays?  “If you want something you’ve never had you must be willing to do something you’ve never done” -Thomas Jefferson.

You don’t have to make huge changes or reinvent yourself to do something different, little risks that take you out of your comfort zone can make a big difference, So here are my top tips to get yourself doing something new.

1. Face your fear

This could be anything, for example, if you don’t like water, take a swimming lesson. or if your scared of dog go round to a friend house who has a dog and just sit and chill with your friend for a few hours.Simply having exposure to your fear will reduce the anxiety placed around it. Conquering a fear, is not an easy thing to do and will take time and will power but you will feel so proud of yourself at the end.

2. Learn something new

This could be anything from topping up your math skills or learning to sew to learning a language or taking a course in a whole new subject. learning something new can boost self esteem and can also help you connect with others in your community.

3. Teach/give to someone

Do you have a skill that could be useful, well why not teach it to a friend or family member, weather its teaching your child how to fix a bike or showing your grandmother how to work her new Bluetooth headset, or a friend how to draw, this can really help you bond with that person and heighten your sense of accomplishment. There is know feeling like helping someone to achieve something they never thought they could.

4. Spend a day with a child

Don’t just babysit, play with them! climb a tree or jump in muddy puddles, play hide and seek play the floor is lava and do it like you was their age, forget about the adult worries of the day and just be a child again, don’t be afraid to have a laugh.

5. Expand your metal skills

There are lots of things that can help your exercise your brain like, doing a Sudoku everyday, reading a non-fiction, doing mental math or learning a new route to work, and many more. These are all great ways to boost your memory and reduce the chance or slow down the onset of dementia.

6. Change your settings

Small changes are also a good way to edit your outlook on things. Move your furniture around or change the colour and background on your PC.

7. Do something thrilling

If you have a little more time on your hands you can go rock climbing or do a bungee jump or white water rafting and racing, skinny dipping! anything that gets the adrenaline flowing!

8. Do something odd

Have a pie fight in the front yard or go to an outlandish restaurant or give money to a stranger for the hell of it, go cheese rolling because why not?

9. Take up a hobby

Hobbies are another great way to exercise the brain, play an instrument, garden, take up a sport, learn quilting or knitting, cooking, all great ways to make a small change. This is also good for those, like me, who like a structure to their lives as most of these include regular practice.

10. Get outside

This is an easy one, not enough people just get outside anymore! Instead of eating your dinner at the dining table like you do every day, have a picnic in the park. On your day off you can go for a hike, Go on a photography adventure, camp out in the back yard and look at the stars. You can even just walk and get lost for an hour or two !

11. Start a journal or a blog

Writing has always helped me, You don’t have to be good at it. Sometimes you have to look at what you have been doing to know what you need to do next.

12. Be a tourist for a day

When was the last time you went to a local museum and learnt the history of your area? Or went to see a parade? Or just looked at the local architecture? going out and soaking in the culture can really make your area feel more like home.

13. Say hello 

Make a friend. New people can always bring some insight into your life, a different perspective and just widen your social circle. This one helped me with my social anxiety, you don’t have to become besties just saying “hi” in passing or a smile does the trick.

14. Plan a day trip

Go to a theme park or take a long boat down the canals, visit a convention that you wouldn’t usually go to, go to a show or the circus or even rent a horse and go hacking.

15. Read a book

Everybody has at least one book in their home, weather its an old textbook, your favourite book ever or something you’ve never even looked at before. Reading is a great way to be with yourself, it can take you away to another world of wonders, or teach you about the wonders of this one, it can teach you things you never knew you never knew. I once challenged myself to read 7 book in seven days, i had learnt so much about writing, about myself, and about this world in a single week!

What I’m trying to say here is don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, it’s how you grow as a person

Remember you are beautiful

Hakuna Matata

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