There comes a time in everyone’s life when they simply get bored of their lives and lose interest in pretty much everything they’re used to. We stop everything, look at ourselves, and wonder whether everything we have done to date, our struggles and efforts, actually meant something. Being human, we tend to overlook the obviousness of this scenario, thinking that life’s perfect; but as it happens, if we get too much of anything, we end up losing interest in it, it becomes mundane, tedious even. This is true for everything, even perfection. Soon, we end up losing interest in everything and life becomes a mundane list of equally mundane activities, chores, that we must endure with no end in sight. Enter, the Mid-Life Crisis.
Trust me when I say this, I have no clue why its called a Mid-Life Crisis. It actually can occur at any time throughout your life. Anyways, back on topic! Now this is one stage that none of us can run from, so how do we actually overcome this phase when it does hit us?
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ trick or magic wand that can fix everything, but there are some things that everyone can try. I read an article once about this very thing, and surprisingly, it helped out quite a bit. I’m listing some of the things here; they might work out for you too.
Phase I – The Cleansing
- Make a list of things to you would like to do; these activities need to be out of the ordinary, but they also have to be something you like doing. Name it something different and interesting, like My Funkivities or My Jazzercizes. Okay okay I’m kidding. You can name them anything but something different and funky really would beat List A or Things To Do.
- Jumble those things up and keep that list handy.
- Start a journal or blog and start writing about your day (Yes every day!). Start the blog up with an introduction about yourself, maybe even from your childhood up to the present day. You can spread it out in multiple phases; e.g. Your childhood, your teenage, your college days, your professional life, etc.
- Figuring out when you started feeling so low and disinterested about your life can help you find a solution. Determine what changed between now and the time when you liked your life and make a list of the differences. Give it a good name as well.
- Set aside some time for yourself, and I mean yourself. No cell phones, no computers, no phones, and no people around you. Use this me time to sort out your thoughts and meditate. Let your thoughts float around and see where they take you. Take a back seat and enjoy the ride; you might just like it. Just avoid going into any gray or negative areas.
Phase II – The Re-Writing
- Remember that list of activities you put together? The one with the funky name? Take it out.
- Go through that list every day and fit at least one of those activities into your schedule everyday, making sure that you don’t repeat any activity within that week.
- Add in one more new activity into your daily schedule every morning, but make sure its something you would never do otherwise. You don’t necessarily have to go bungee jumping (Though that is a good idea) but try to do something you wouldn’t do under normal circumstances. Spontaneity does a very good job of evicting boredom from your life.
- Stop worrying about how you’re going to do the things listed on this blog. Don’t worry, you’ll do ‘em if you want to change your life for the better.
- Remember that Journal or Blog? Don’t forget to write about your thoughts and feelings, every day. The more you write, the better you’ll feel.
- Set up regular hangouts or meetings with good friends. Once a week is a good bet in most cases. It will help you keep yourself sane. Try to have them read your blog as well.
- Maintain a balanced and healthy diet, and don’t forget to exercise. Do any worthwhile exercises, even if for just 10 minutes every day!
Phase III – The Enjoying
- Now that you have all of the above steps in place, learn to enjoy your life.
- I’m sure you’ll have come across several occasions that made you go “Okay that was fun!”.
- Keep doing the above mentioned things in a cyclic pattern and avoid monotony. It’ll make your life a lot better! Trust me.