Why You Should Always Have Something to Look Forward To

Ahhh, monotony…boredom’s ugly cousin. Ever have those days where you feel like you’re running on autopilot? Well, you’re not alone. Sometimes the “blah” of our daily routines can set the tone for our week and make it hard to focus on the tasks at hand. I believe one of the biggest mistakes we make is neglecting our mental health. We know that exercise and eating well are important for healthy bodies, so why don’t we ever think to care for our minds as well?

Just as it’s easy to get bogged down by stress, it’s easy to feel down because of boredom as well. Giving yourself even the slightest thing to look forward to helps remedy the situation. You don’t need a fancy vacation to pick yourself up out of a rut. Though they are nice to have every once in awhile, the truth is vacations are temporary. In fact, something more long lasting like taking a class of some sort gives you something to look forward to every week. For example, I recently signed up for ballet classes that I take twice a week. I haven’t danced in almost 10 years, but it’s more enjoyable now than it was then because I’ve had time to realize how much I’ve missed it. It’s exciting when dance class comes around because we learn something new every week, it’s beneficial to my health, and I get to do something I enjoy. Triple whammy!

Of course everyone is different and maybe taking a class isn’t the right answer for you, but there are so many things you can do to break up the monotony your week. You just have to find what works. Maybe it’s scheduling a lunch date with a friend, checking out the events happening in your town that weekend, or finding a show on Netflix you can spend all day binge watching. There are plenty of small things to treat yourself to, so make sure you’re always blocking out a little time for yourself. The boring moments will always be there, but having something to look forward to makes them much more bearable.

What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any tips for people looking to break up the monotony in their week? Let me know in the comments!