We’re all creatures of habit. Think back over the past week – you probably woke up at the same time every day, got ready for work in exactly the same order, drove the exact same route to work, drove the same way home from work, ate dinner at the same time, watched the same television shows you always do and went to bed at the same time you always do.
Habits are helpful because they’re efficient. Imagine if you had to relearn all your behaviors every morning! You’d never get anything done.
Habits, however, can be detrimental because our brains become lazy. Without challenges, the brain goes into autopilot. It just responds “subconsciously” to everything and the conscious mind is not engaged.
Here’s a brief list of ways to challenge your nervous system and re-engage it:
- Stand on one foot
- Eat with your other hand
- Try a new sport
- Play a game you’ve never played before
- Find a new path to work
- Ride a bike
- Practice touching your finger to your nose with your eyes closed
- Start a blog!
- Meet new people
- Keep a journal
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Take dance lessons
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Go hiking in the mountains
When you learn new things, your brain is wiring new connections – it’s literally upgrading it’s software!
Set a goal to try something new this week!