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Break the Rut

We all have a routine we follow and sometimes those routines can be great but other times they make us feel like we're stuck in a rut!  By changing small things that you do daily, you can help to break free of what feels like a routine or a rut espeically if those things have developed a negative association for you.

Below are a few things that we do in repetition - try to change one, two or even three of them and see how it changes your outlook!

Shampoo & Conditioner

Use the same hair products for too long and your hair will stop looking like those TV commercials. Over time, your hair will begin to look greasy and unhealthy again. There’s an easy fix that allows you to keep your favorite suds, though – keep a spare bottle on hand and wash once a week with the alternate type.  Your strands will thank you!

Commute

There’s nothing that will have you feeling like you are a creature of habit than traveling the same route every single day. Change it up! Leave the house five minutes earlier and take the scenic route. Leave the house ten minutes earlier and go by a neat little coffee shop. Bonus for all the single people out there -  changing your travel routine significantly increases your chances of meeting new people, maybe even a significant other!

Exercise

One of the most fascinating things about the human body, is that it learns and adapts very quickly. Taking that into consideration from an athletic aspect, your body will learn certain movements rather effectively and then plateau. To keep your body in peak shape–both athletically and aesthetically–you have to switch up your workout routine. Try to focus on thinking the more variety, the better off I will be.

Friends

Ever heard the phrase, you are known by the company you keep? You might have the best company in the world, but that’s essentially how you are known! Try going out with different friends or getting introduced to a new peer group. It’s a great way to expand not only your social circle,  but learn new things from people that you don’t see every day.

Learning

By the time we graduate high school, most of us already know our most effective channel for learning. Whether it be sitting in a lecture, reading a textbook or through taking detailed notes, most of us find what works best. Chances are, this learning curve happened a long time ago and our thought processing and analytical minds have changed since them. Try studying a new way. This is also a great opportunity to pick up a new skill – teach yourself how to cook a new cuisine, play an instrument or learn a new language before you treat yourself to a vacation!

These are just several of an infinite array of ways to make simple changes that can have a large and immediate impact. We would love to hear from you – have you made any recent changes that you want to share?

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