If we do all of our daily activities on autopilot throughout our week, psychologists say this can lead us to lose touch with ourselves and our immediate sensory or emotional experiences. We get numb.
We all need to rebel, break out of our routine and do something silly 🤪 every so often. Embracing spontaneity is important for our health too, for both our body💪 and mind 🧠.
Scrolling through your phone every day for instance can make us miss out on the sights and sounds around us, which could inspire new feelings or spark our imagination⚡️!
The benefits of doing something naughty include a rush of endorphins, adrenaline, and an injection into our creative thinking powers.
It doesn’t take much to disrupt your everyday routine and insert some surprises into the mix. Here are a few ideas:
1. Disconnect for a while and take a break from social media 📱
Set the scene for new and exciting things to happen by setting aside your screen for a bit! Give yourself a 24-hour break from scrolling. Let yourself be in the moment and immerse yourself in the everyday details that you might have been missing!
2. Have your own home dance party 💃
Why not get your favourite tunes on and make up an excuse for a celebration 🥳?! It’s hard for any of us to get together at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the joy of a night out dancing! Enrol the family, it’s time to turn your living room into your new favourite hangout.
3. Go exploring on a big walk 🚶♀️ in a new area – or rediscover your little part of the world!
Explore new trails or rediscover your local area with a long walk in the countryside! The Ramblers UK have every imaginable trail you need in your local zone, so you can find the perfect trek for your fitness level and experience.
4. Try out that new hobby – the one you’ve always wanted to try!
Have you always wanted to bake the perfect cake 🍰? Or throw clay on a wheel, like the movie Ghost 👻? Or maybe you’re keen to create a new garment 👗, or try wreath-making just in time for Christmas 🎄. Any new hobby you can think of can be found on Obby.com. Classes are available across the UK, and online.
5. Perform a random act of kindness 🌈
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that kindness is much needed! This could mean calling up a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while 📞, sending a handwritten letter 📝, offering to pick up groceries for a neighbour 🥗, or anything else you can dream up! You’ll experience all the good feelings that a good deed can give – that warm fuzzy rush of endorphins! And you’ll also make someone’s day.
6. Dream up the perfect date night 💕
We all need a little self-care and self-love once in a while, whether we’re single or in a relationship. Create the perfect itinerary for yourself and/or your partner – you might take yourself and/or your partner out to a new lunch spot, order all your favourite foods, spend some time doing the things you love, or find a new activity to try together. Give yourself a break from responsibilities. It’s time to treat yourself!
7. Give yourself a mini adventure 🚵♂️
Camping 🏕 is huge right now, and rightly so – there are campsites all over the UK, and you can find the perfect spot for a new adventure using Pitchup.com. Try out some glamping or rent a camper 🚙 via Quirky Campers and set yourself up by a picturesque spot ⛰. It doesn’t have to be for long – even one or two nights can be just the thing you need for a mini break that disrupts the everyday routine!
8. Join a new group of likeminded people 🙌
When’s the last time you talked to someone new?! On Meetup you can find the group of likeminded people who might expand your social circle while having the chance to do something new and fun as a group.
9. Take an improv class 🎭
If you want to give your creative thinking a boost, there’s no better way than improv! Lessons are being held online and in person around the UK right now, so there’s no excuse to miss out. Check out Hoopla and the Free Association, two of the most highly rated improv schools in the UK.
10. Get involved in your local community 💁♂️
Your local community needs you. Check out Do It to find local volunteering opportunities and get involved in making a difference in your local area. You can start your search with a postcode or even do it from home. You can use whatever skills you have, or even learn some new ones, while making a positive contribution to your community!
So, it’s time to get creative, get rebellious, and look outside the box 📦! Shake up the monotony of everyday and get active and moving again! It’s time to challenge yourself, learn something new and connect with new people.
We hope these ideas give you some inspiration to get started!⚡️