08 Jul When was the last time you challenged yourself?
When did you last set yourself a challenge?
Well, If you haven’t recently, you really should! Stepping outside your comfort zone leads to personal growth and is a great way to build confidence.
Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for us to fall into routines. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as routines are familiar and offer a sense of security.
Many people seem to lead exciting lives full of adventure, travel and new activities. But the life of adventure might not necessarily be the life for you.
Having said this, if you struggle to remember the last time you tried something new, it’s probably time you made a few changes.
You might already live an action-packed life of climbing mountains and extreme sports. But new experiences don’t always have to be exciting and risky. Variety is indeed the spice of life so why not try some quieter activities such as Yoga, meditation or even reading a book?
You may well find a much-needed calm inner peace to balance all the excitement in your life.
If you lead a relatively quiet existence, something new doesn’t have to mean surfing or white-water rafting!
However, it’s worth mentioning that many new experiences and challenges increase dopamine levels. Studies by scientists show that dopamine is essential for healthy brain functioning and that low levels of dopamine are linked to memory failure, concentration span problems and even depression.
Activities including exercise release dopamine and make you feel happy and elated. In fact, our brains are programmed to need new activities and challenges!
There are countless new experiences you can try. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Go to a new restaurant, especially if it serves a type of food you’ve never tried.
- Try a new type of exercise. Check our timetable and let us know what you’d like to try
- How about a change of scenery? Why not plan a day or weekend trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit?
- Learn to dance. Whether it’s Zumba or Salsa you’re sure to feel uplifted.
- Take up a new hobby such as photography or try learning a new language. Learning can be fun, really!
- Volunteer for a charity. It’s a great way to meet people whilst working for a just cause.
Don’t forget, If you do try something and you don’t like it, you don’t have to commit. Similarly, if you do enjoy it, by all means, you should keep trying new things!
Getting stuck in a rut is a sure way to a boring and monotonous life, in contrast trying new things will keep you energised and inspired.
Have you ever noticed people with varied life experiences are often far more interesting to talk to?
So, If you can’t remember the last time you tried something new get out there and live a little!
Check our timetable and let’s get your mind and body working to their fullest potential!