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15 Ways to Break Your Daily Routine

Your daily routine is comforting and calming.  You know what needs to get done, and you do it.  Your life is structured. As you reach your forties and fifties your find your days settle into a pattern.  You have it all under control.

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I know for me, with my children growing up, they need me less, physically.  However, they still need me for support, an ear, and a meal.  Life has settled into a certain routine. I feel less hurried and crazy then I did when they were younger.  I like how my days flow.

However, there are days that feel, well, predictable.

I am a huge proponent of self-care.  Finding things you enjoy, then making time for them can make your days more interesting and enjoyable, as well as help your physical and mental health.

How about trying one of these ideas to take care of yourself and break out of your daily rut.

1. Take a Class
What have you always wanted to learn?  Do a Google search and find a class.  Not a college class with tests and studying, but something fun and interesting.  How about a cooking class, scrapbooking, coloring, bird watching, or whatever it is.  Find a class and register. If you can’t find one locally, search for an online class. Your imagination is your limitation.

2. Tour a Local Sight
Most of us “go” to see tourist sights far away from where we live. We have to plan a vacation to see it.  We tend to forget that there are fun and interesting things to see near where we live.  Take off early from work one day just to walk, learn and relax while seeing something others travel long distances to see.

3. Watch a Sunrise or Sunset
When was the last time you got up early to see the sunrise? When was the last time you just sat outside and watched the sun go down?  If you live in a big city, go to an open area to see the sun just above the horizon.  There is something about that time of day that can give you a feeling of all is right in the world.

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4. Restart an Old Hobby
Hobbies are a time for you to be creative and relaxed.  You may have scrapbooked when the kids were little but stopped because of lack of time  Pull out a few photos and create a layout.  Maybe you used to knit or sew.  Did you collect stamps? Read?  What hobby did you love? Try it again.

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5. Take a Photography Walk
Grab your camera or smart phone and go for a walk.  Take a walk during lunch to someplace different, paying attention to nature, flowers, or architecture around you. Use your photos as a screen saver or print them out and hang in your office.

6. Go to a Coffee Shop & Read a Good Book
Find a local coffee shop that you haven’t been to in a while. Take a good book. Find a comfy chair and read.  No guilt, just get away and let yourself relax.

7. Try a Different Exercise
It doesn’t have to be hard, but if you normally do aerobic exercise, try strength training or yoga.  Switch it up. You can find almost anything on YouTube. Do a search and try something new.

8. Sign up for a Fun Run
With summer comes Fun Run fundraisers.  Find a friend and sign up for one.  Just a 5K.  You can do it.  Get some exercise, outside time and do something good for a worthy cause.

9. Volunteer
I find that most people think they can only volunteer if they sign up for a regular volunteer schedule.  Not the case. Many local agencies need one-time help.  Ask at the library if you could sort books for their next used book sale. Stop by at a food bank and tell them you have a couple of hours and see what they have for you to do. Giving of your time…you get more in return than what you give. Try and see for yourself.

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10. Go for a Hike
What trail haven’t you tried before?  Go to your local tourist guide center, pick up a map, and try a new trail.  If you live in a city, find a new walking tour.  Just getting out can make you feel more alive.

11. Visit a Park, Garden or Arboretum
Most cities spend local tax dollars on parks or public gardens to beautify the city.  Go spend some time there. You could combine this with your photography walk.

12. Eat Dinner Someplace Else in Your Home
If you normally eat at the dinner table, eat on the couch while listening to music.  If you normally eat in a chair, throw a blanket on the floor and have dinner picnic style.  Normally eat on dinner plates, use paper plates.  Switching it up can make it feel special.

13. Schedule a Massage, Pedicure or Infrared Sauna
Doing something to make yourself feel pretty, relaxed or detoxed can help your frame of mind.  What do you love to do? Go, do it.

14. Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Yes, bubbles are fun, but put Epsom salt in your bath instead, turn down the lights, and play some soft music.  Detox and relax.  You deserve it.

15. Have Sex
Studies show that the frequency of sex for most women slows down after 40.  Yet, sex has many health benefits.  Plus it helps you reconnect with your spouse. Plan a relaxing and sexy evening with him.

Routine is good. Our brains crave routine, so it doesn’t have to exert as much energy. But take a day this a week and find a way to break up your routine. It is good for reducing stress and feeling your best.  You are at a stage in life where you can and should take time for you.

Tell me what you like to do to break up your daily routine.

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36 comments

  1. I love this – never read a post that said have sex but that’s a good one to keep on the list! Ha! wrote about self care myself a couple weeks ago – amazing how women don’t put themselves on the LIST. Next to you this morning – sort of – on soul survivor

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sue, Yes, keep sex on your list for many reasons when you are with your spouse, you will have great benefits. 🙂 Will check your blog out, thanks for stopping by.

  2. Patty Loehn says:

    Hi Karen, I LOVE this post! I’ve seen similar posts that talk about having sex to break up the daily routine, I think if I told my husband to come home on lunch break for a “sex break” he would think I lost my mind and then would be like “I’m on my way!” I do go for walks daily with the dogs and one at the end of my day alone to refresh and realign myself. I would love to share this post with my audience, with your permission.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much, Patti, for letting me know you enjoyed this post. It makes my day. I am sure that if you did call your husband, he would come with a great big smile. Please share with your audience and keep doing things for you. Sounds like you are making being refreshed and in balance a priority. Gotta love that.

    • Karen says:

      I would love to hear what you think of Tai Chi. I have tried it a few times and enjoy it. It is something I would love to take classes on, but haven’t found one in the area I live. Enjoy.

  3. Tamuria says:

    What a wonderful list for breaking up a routine, Karen. I went through a period when the kids first left home where life became a bit predictable and offered me the chance to indulge in different things and take a few courses. These days, life seems busier than ever but I’ll remember this list for when it calms down again.

  4. I like going to different parks and walk the trails. It gives me a great opportunity to really me present and in the moment observing the outdoors. Thanks for these great ideas.

    • Karen says:

      Glad you live somewhere with parks and walking trails. My favorite was when I lived in the Seattle area, such wonderful parks, trails and hiking.

  5. Wonderful tips, for sure. I have this struggle. I am in the last year of my youngest in the home. My oldest who was a very stressful child, caused much extra work.. is gone now, so things have changed. I struggle in a new state with things to do that I enjoy… thanks for these.

  6. Karen,
    You have such good ideas! My husband told me last Christmas that the town we live in is the “Christmas capital of Texas.” I doubt it; however, I plan on visiting the Main Street this month so we can enjoy the shopping. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Liz, sounds like a fun plan to break your routine. Make sure you have a camera with and pay attention to the buildings/architecture too. I bet you can capture some great things as well as shop.

  7. Joyce Hansen says:

    That a a great reminder to tour a local sight. I’m famous for telling people all the good places to go to but have never been there myself. All very good suggestions, but some days I just can’t tear myself away from the computer. Guess I better start adding these things into my calendar before I miss out on these wonderful opportunities.

    • Karen says:

      Joyce, we all do that. Like your idea of scheduling it so you can get away from your computer. I think many of us have that same problem, but life will pass us by. Have fun.

  8. Wonderful tips, Karen! I am happy to say I do many of these on a regular basis. Although I save #3…watch a sunrise or sunset, for my trips to Sedona! What an amazing place to watch sunsets. Exquisite. I think we all need to shake up our routines and whatever ways take us out of the norm and offer some new experiences and new impulses, is good to do. Sometimes it is great to actually do something that is outside our comfort zone, as it is a lovely way to stretch and grow. Looking forward to AZ sunsets this fall again too!

  9. Karen says:

    Beverley, I have never been to Sedona. It is on my bucket list, would love to find a place for a retreat or something like that. Oh I hope, some day. I am sure AZ sunsets are beautiful.

  10. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy says:

    These are great tips, Karen. I am having to think about these things now that my children are older too.

  11. Hi Karen,
    These are excellent ways to break up a routine, thank you for sharing as I find that when I do something “different” on days that I feel like I am in a rut, I feel happier, more relaxed and just more at peace because I did something out of the ordinary 🙂

    Great ideas and awesome share!!

    • Karen says:

      Then definitely keep doing things out of the ordinary. Do you have a favorite go to thing for you? Thank you.

  12. Jane Allen says:

    I love the first tip. Not that my kids have left the house but I just want to educate myself more, to break my daily routine like you suggested. I believe I’ll find the knowledge useful, going forward. I also love the tip about changing my exercise routine. Now, I honestly don’t know how that’s going to work out but I’m seriously considering strength training.

    • Karen says:

      First, they will leave before you know it. Second these tips can help with anyone, not just empty nesters. I really encourage you to try strength training, but start small. Just add in pushups, sit ups or some other body exercise. Those are strength training. Then when you are feeling more confident you can add weights or start weight lifting. The key is to start small.

  13. What a great list of things to try and do. While looking at this list I realized that I have done a few of these lately. I love the idea of going to a coffee shop to read a book. I’m hoping to get an opportunity to do this when I go on a trip to the beach because I will have some built in babysitting. Walks are also a must I think to help change up your day. #LetsGetRealSocial

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for being a part of #LesGetRealSocial. Glad you are going to the beach, that in and of itself is a break in your routine. It is so easy to just let the things we love to do, go when we are busy. Happy you are doing some of them.

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