6 New Actions You Can Take For A More Exciting Life

Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
From time to time, we all fall victim to what life coach Christine Hassler dubs the "rinse and repeat lifestyle" — essentially getting stuck in a rut, which can result in unhappiness, emptiness, and boredom.
It's time to end that once and for all. In partnership with The Laughing Cow, we're bringing you #AntiRoutine, a challenge dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and become your best, most well-rounded self, which starts by changing the way you think and go about living life. According to Hassler and health and lifestyle coach Lara Dalch, this is as simple as acknowledging the mundane day-to-day-isms of your current "routine," creating an exciting new game plan you’ll actually stick to, and then taking it one step at a time. Read on for a few ways to get out of your head and shake things up.
Refinery29 is teaming up with The Laughing Cow for an #AntiRoutine mission that's all about shifting your perspective to unlock new possibilities. Say goodbye to your monotonous routine and instead, make the choice to switch it up with simple lifestyle changes that will garner lasting, positive effects.
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Try Meditating

Many of us are too stressed and busy to even realize we need to get out of our routines and make a change. That's where meditation comes in. Pause, close your eyes, and become aware of your breath as it slows and deepens. Dalch recommends practicing the 4-7-8 breathing technique for beginners. Once you've nailed this meditative breathing, you can implement it in many off-branches of meditation, from five minutes of powerful visualization to a yoga session. Before you know it, the stress will float away and you'll feel primed to take on new challenges.
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Recap Your Day

One little journal can do more good than you’ll ever know. According to Hassler, it can even ensure a better night’s sleep. “If you journal every night and reflect your gratitude, it will help you go to bed with appreciation,” she says. Our best advice: Splurge on a beautiful hardcover journal with thick paper that can withstand colorful pens and ink scribbles. Then, use the space to write it all down. A daily recap can help you vent your feelings, discuss your hopes and dreams, and recognize your bad habits. Mental clarity in the snap of a finger — and it all starts with a notebook and pen.
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Snack Smarter

Incorporating healthy snack alternatives into a poor diet is a simple way to feel like you're stepping outside of your comfort zone and into a healthier lifestyle. Bored of the standard fruits and veggies? Cheese is the solution. Pair The Laughing Cow wedges with a medley of fruits, spread them on your favorite veggies, or just eat 'em as is. Let’s forgo old eating habits and make elevated snacking something we look forward to every day.
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Exercise Like A Kid

A quick way to cure your dull daily routine is with the addition of a fun workout. If you've yet to find an activity you don't dread, Dalch suggests resorting to your childish ways. “What did you love to do when you were a kid?” she asks. “Try those things again. If you liked dancing, maybe you should take a dance class.” Other ways to bring out the kid in you? Go roller skating, jump around at a trampoline park, or swim laps at a public pool. Tapping into these tried-and-true activities could be the start to feeling motivated and inspired in facets beyond exercise, as well.
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Boredom largely comes from being “self-obsessed [or] comparing ourselves to other people instead of looking for ways we can connect to people,” Hassler says. In order to remedy this, find a means of serving the community in a way that’s tailored to your personality. We suggest checking out a volunteer database like VolunteerMatch.org, which features tons of great organizations always in need of a helping hand. Whether you're an environmentalist or more interested in molding young minds, there’s most likely volunteering options out there for you — and sometimes in the most unexpected places.
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Travel Solo

Say it with us: Alone is not lonely. This is especially true when it comes to the act of traveling. Traveling alone gives you the opportunity to explore a city at your own pace, go to the museums you really want to see, and take solace in finishing a long book on a warm, sandy beach. But it's also a great way to challenge and rely on yourself for a change. Along the way, you might even find out something about yourself you never knew. What are you waiting for? Grab your passport.