25 Positive Ideas To Spice Up a Boring Life
Updated on June 5, 2022 by Team ShineSheets
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Ugh, boredom. Every one of us has told this themselves once: “Man, I can’t believe it but I actually have a pretty boring life”.
And hey, that’s fine! It’s not like we’re supposed to have unfathomable fun every second of our lives! But when your boring life has been slow and unexciting for months, or even years… That’s when you know something needs to be changed.
CHANGING BORING LIFE – MISSION POSSIBLE!
What Does It Mean To Live a Boring Life?
Boring life is the one that feels slow, repetitive, never-changing, lacking visual and stimulating experiences, bland, and monotonous. People who live a boring life usually feel unfulfilled, unsatisfied, unmotivated, and suppressed by their daily routines.
How Do You End Up With a Boring Life?
If you’re living a boring life, it’s probably because you haven’t experienced something exciting or new lately. And it’s pretty simple from a psychological perspective.
New and fun experiences stimulate the production of opioids – chemicals in your brain that make you go “Yay! I like this! It’s good stuff”.
But when you’re experiencing the same things over and over again, it becomes less and less exciting every time. Your brain is not getting that many of those fun chemicals.
So, to counter that – and to beat boredom – you have to try something new and exciting.
Is It OK To Have a Boring Life?
If you feel like a slow and predictable life is exactly what you want, then yes, boring life is completely OK. But if living like this is secretly bothering you, or making you unhappy, then it is not okay.
Living with constant stress and a pile of negative thoughts in your head does nothing good for your mental and physical health… So if anything can be changed about your boring life, why not change it?
Now, it’s really easy to try compensating for a boring life with things that aren’t healthy (like fast food, alcohol, excessive shopping…). So on this list, you will find only positive ideas that can add value to your boring life and make it more interesting. Some of them are simply interesting things to learn instead of watching TV or browsing your phone.
25 Positive Ideas To Spice Up a Boring Life
1. Learn about intuitive eating.
When you’re stuck with a boring life, a new eating approach may change things up a little. After all, it’s something we’re doing several times a day and it’s easy to get bored with the same food all the time.
Intuitive eating can finally set you free from all those diets, nutritional ideas that require removing whole food groups, and other dietary extremes.
To eat intuitively means letting yourself eat what you want the most at that time.
It’s based on the idea that if you really tune into yourself, your body can tell you what it needs the most – and you should give it to yourself.
Intuitive eating sets you free and gives you a blank state – there are no unhealthy foods anymore (doesn’t that sound liberating?) and you can rebuild a healthy relationship with eating.
When you start eating intuitively, your body achieves a balance + you stop craving fatty or extra sugary foods because you understand that you can get it any time if you want to.
Here’s a great online course on Udemy that teaches intuitive eating in depth: Intuitive Eating: Fix Your Relationship with Food
2. Read self-help books.
The easiest way to go from a boring life to a life that’s more interesting is through books.
You can find a good book on absolutely anything you want to try, learn or achieve (even if you have a boring life at this moment, it doesn’t mean you can’t change that with a new activity).
You can also build a beautiful library and use it any time you encounter a struggle, need to refresh your skills, or when you want to dive into another world.
Now I know books can be pretty expensive so here are solutions to try:
- Buy used books to save a TON of money – and trees!
- Look for great book deals on the internet.
- If you don’t want to wait while your books to arrive, choose e-books. There are thousands of amazing e-books that can give you so much value!
3. Try minimalism.
Sometimes we end up with a boring life just because there’s so much of everything around us – we’re practically choking on things, stuff and information everywhere we go. Minimalistic lifestyle is pretty interesting and can help you feel less overwhelmed + give you some air to breathe.
Getting rid of things you don’t need can also recharge your life. It feels quite therapeutic and is a pretty fun thing to do. A lighter home and lifestyle may even spark up some snoozing creativity or motivation to do something new with your life.
4. Take on the KonMari method.
Speaking of getting rid of things… How do you do that?
How do you decide what you really need and what things are just taking up space in your closet (and collecting dust)?
A perfect way to find out is using the famous KonMari Method which is taught by a beautiful Japanese organization guru Marie Kondo.
If you want to organize and declutter your whole home, this method can help you do that in less time and with more fun! Believe it or not, boring life is usually a cluttered life too, so getting rid of things that “don’t spark joy” can help you to feel better. Plus, decluttering is a pretty interesting activity to do! You can go through your home corner by corner and make it so much tidier and better looking! (stocking up on organizers and containers also helps a lot).
5. Create a meditation room.
Sometimes we’re stuck in a boring life routine without an obvious reason why. This is when meditation and the whole idea of having a meditation room come extremely helpful.
A calming & soothing meditation room can be a fantastic accessory to your home, but its primary function is to be your personal Zen sanctuary. If your life feels boring, it might be beneficial to slow down for a moment and listen to yourself.
Look for an answer to these questions:
- why and how did I end up with a boring life?
- is there anything lacking in my life?
- is there too much of anything?
- what used to spark up my interest?
- what could do that now?
Here’s a guide I wrote about meditation room: How to create a deeply relaxing meditation room
6. Design a vision board.
It’s hard to stay excited and productive in your life when you don’t have a direction.
Creating a vision board is easy (and fun!), and it can also help you decide on how you’re going to change your boring life to something that makes you happy.
To create a vision board, buy a corkboard and pin all things that are inspiring and motivating you.
Hang this board in a place you can see it and remind yourself every day – “it is me that has to make the change”.
7. Work on becoming a morning person.
To make a boring life better, you need to change things up a little to create something new. Remember those happy chemicals I talked about in the beginning? They need new things all the time, or they refuse to make you excited!
Getting up early can give you extra time for the things you need to do and slightly shake up your daily routine to make it less boring and repetitive. It also helps you to start your day without rush-stress.
Even if you already have to wake up early, you can make your mornings more relaxed and more pleasant with a simple morning routine.
8. Develop a self-care routine.
I can’t stress the importance of self care enough.
If boring life has been draining your mental energy (or you simply don’t have the motivation to do anything else), just try doing some self-care daily, for a few weeks. You will be gradually gaining energy back and you might notice that your boring life just felt boring (because you were exhausted!).
If you don’t know why is self care so essential and how exactly do you do that, check out these resources:
- Why is self care so important
- A guide to self care basics – learn where to begin
- 50 self care activities to boost your overall wellbeing
And if you don’t know how to get started, creating a plan is always a good first step!
9. Write a letter to yourself.
It’s a simple and quite meditative exercise that you can use to:
- Forgive yourself;
- Give a promise to yourself;
- Encourage yourself;
- Envision your dreams;
- Make a decision to change your boring life.
Arrange a date with yourself (pour some wine if you like!) and write your heart out!
A good letter may even help you find the reason why your life feels boring and what you want to do in order to be a happier and more energetic person.
10. Review your goals.
You should always set and review your goals regularly to help yourself move towards achieving them.
Again, if you have a boring life, it’s probably because you don’t have something exciting and challenging to wait for or work on.
New to goal setting? Find yourself failing each time you try? Check out these resources:
- How to set your goals if it makes you anxious
- 4 reasons why you are failing at your goals
- Printable goal-setting bundle
11. Decide to exercise daily.
Well, okay, it’s unrealistic to set a goal like this – life is happening, and you probably won’t be able to work out every single day.
But the key here is to strive for it.
You know exercising is crucial for your physical and emotional health so try to do everything you can to add it to your life if you haven’t already.
Developing a workout routine can help you change your boring life (or at least your attitude) thanks to a huge amount of happiness hormones that get released into your blood every time you exercise.
Tools: Printable workout tracker
12. Work on changing your bad habits with better ones.
Have you noticed that your life is also filled with bad habits that keep draining your mood? Give yourself the challenge to change a few bad habits with some better ones.
Here’s a great list of habits for that: 99 habits for a better life
13. Organize your whole life.
There’s no better time to organize than when you find yourself living a boring life.
An organized and remodeled home, reviewed and decluttered life can give you a full boost of motivation and spark up your excitement again.
Here are some resources to help you:
- My mega list full of organizing ideas, motivation, and encouragement for you: 99 ways to get seriously organized
- My simple and easy guide on How to organize your home once and for all
- And if you’re prone to anxiety, make sure to check this: How to organize your life if you’re an anxious person
14. Start mental health journaling.
Mental health journaling is my personal key to resilience and anxiety-free life, even if it becomes a boring life once in a while.
Journaling is something I recommend to everyone and every time – when they’re anxious, mentally tired, and even when their life feels boring too.
I used to be incredibly anxious all the time, and journaling helped me to make that *switch!* in my head and finally start living without constant fear.
If you want to beat your boredom with a new hobby, I recommend journaling + there’s a ton of resources to help you!
15. Review your social media.
If you’re bored and desperately looking for something to do, try a social media purge!
Yes, social media is fun, and bright, and bold, and filled with beautiful pictures… But honestly, it can also be very time-consuming and even depressing, especially when you think you’re living a boring life.
Admit it, you have been comparing yourself with social media influencers or your friends who have been “living the life” at least once… Reviewing your social media and decluttering it (I mean literally unfollowing people & brands) can be a pretty fun and liberating activity.
16. Learn a new language.
Being able to talk in more languages is very impressive at the least! But it’s also a fun challenge to give yourself and can end up being your best anti-boredom activity.
Even if you don’t finish learning the language 100%, you’ll still learn a few words or phrases, and that’s better than just browsing your phone or watching TV.
17. Work on improving your confidence.
When I feel stuck in boring life routines, I usually turn to personal development (“what a surprise!”) and my favorite way to improve is with online courses (I think I’m pretty addicted to these).
Self-confidence is something that a lot of people (including myself) struggle with, meaning we all can improve ourselves in this area.
Since self-confidence can be learned, just like any other skill, this can be a pretty exciting thing to do, and it’s fun to try out your new confidence skills in real life.
Here’s a great self confidence video course on Udemy!
18. Start a side hustle.
Starting a side hustle can give you a nice boost + it can be a fascinating jump from boring life to a life that’s full of action!
Hustling is fun, challenging and it gives you something to work on. Plus, you can work on something that gives you joy and pleasure (who knows, maybe you could make it a full-time job too!).
19. Learn to be a kinder person.
This world is pretty offensive (and offended!) already.
Be a bright star in this world and give the kindness that it lacks + banish boredom while doing that.
You can learn to be a kinder person by giving your time and energy to those who need help.
The straightforward way is volunteering, but if you feel like it’s not for you, I’m pretty sure there’s a person on your contact list who needs some help or support.
20. Learn proper relaxation.
It’s hard to feel excited in your life if you’re tired and overworked. I’ve mentioned this before but sometimes boring life only feels boring because we are mentally and physically tired of everything.
Ask yourself – could it be that I’m bored just because I’m tired and overworked?
If you learn to rest well, you may find yourself having a lot more energy to do the things you need and even spark some excitement for things that seemed boring before.
Related: 30 ways to calm down your mind
21. Read valuable blogs.
If you choose to change your boring life with reading, make sure to select the information that gives value to your life too.
I already mentioned good books, but high-quality blogs are just as great!
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22. Decide on a new interest and learn everything about it.
Here’s another activity I like to do spice up a boring life – it’s actively looking for something that could spark interest and then learning everything I can about it.
My latest interest was Finland (yes, a country) – I fell in love with the culture and the way they are running their things.
This sparked my interest, and I spent quite some time exploring various information about this fantastic country.
It’s not like I benefited from this knowledge a lot, but it was exciting to me and therefore made my boredom go away.
23. Create a meal plan based on your food sensitivities.
Try to pay attention to how you feel after food and gradually work on developing a personalized meal plan.
How is this helping with boredom? Well, you get to try tons of delicious food to know your sensitivities! 🙂
24. Start a diary.
Diary may not change your boring life completely, but it can give you something to do for an hour or two and it’s really good for you.
Writing a diary is just as beneficial as mental health journaling, but it’s also a fun, creative way to spend time.
There’s no rocket science either – it’s just like telling a story of what you have done today.
You can make it as long or as short as you like and you have complete freedom to create your diary the way you want it.
25. Explore Quora
Quora is a great solution to a boring life case! I can’t even express how many times I’ve found hundreds of fantastic ideas to try, interesting discussions to join, and valuable tips to absorb.
It’s a wonderful website where people ask questions and other people (who are experts in their fields), give them constructive answers. There are tons of interesting questions to explore, and you can even ask your own question and get great answers. Some discussions are so in-depth that you won’t even believe how exciting and interesting things can be (I’m always blown away by everything related to the cosmos).
Boring Life Is Not a Sentence!
There are so many things you can do to spice up a boring life. And while I agree that sometimes it’s mentally and physically hard to find the motivation to change it, it is possible.
I hope this list gave you at least a single idea of what to do. I’m positive that once you’re ready, you’ll wake up one day and say “good morning and it’s time to turn this boring life into something new!”.
Remember – if your life feels boring, you need to wake those little excitement chemicals in your brain by trying out something new or by switching things up.
Still, need more ideas? Okay, here’s another one that does the trick for me every time: rearrange the furniture in your room, and plan a karaoke party. Let them little opioids burst with happiness.
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