Are you feeling like life isn’t exciting enough? That maybe you’re missing out on something because you just can’t get motivated for anything? How do you get excited about life?
I have to admit that this is not only a common problem but one of the toughest. I’ve gone through times in my life when nothing seemed exciting. Dreams seemed utterly hopeless and useless. The motivation was a hard currency to come by.
So what changed? What got me excited by life?
There’s no one answer. What follows is a series of things that worked for me, in no particular order. I should note that some of these may sound trite, but they actually do work.
What to Do When Life Has Lost its Spark
1. Make Small Positive Changes
This is a bit of a paradox. Making small, positive changes, for example, eating a little healthier, exercising a little, creating some small productive habits are an amazing way to get excited about life.
But doesn’t it take some excitement and motivation to even get started with these small changes? Yes, a little, but not a lot. If you start small, you don’t need a lot of motivation.
Just get going. You’ll soon find that just the act of getting started and doing something will give you some momentum, and soon you’ll be in a positive spiral of changes. One building on the other.
2. Banish Negative Thinking
Negative thoughts are the bane of an exciting existence. You can’t have all these negative thoughts and hope to really enjoy life. It’s one or the other. Also, it’s your choice.
Do you want to think negatively, (personally, I can’t do it because it sucks) or do you want to love life and do amazing things and get excited about everything? It takes awareness.
Be aware of your thoughts and when you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts then squash the thought like a bug, and replace it with a positive thought. Seriously, it works. It isn’t always easy, but it does work.
I know, I know, you are probably shaking your head at me again. (Oh boy, here I go again with another exercise tip.) Exercise makes you feel healthy and energetic, you can get a fresh insight into your life and life in general, not to mention it can be incredibly fun.
When I exercise, I feel so much better than the days when I don’t. It gives me new ideas, time to contemplate and think through my problems. Start with just 10 minutes a day and you will see how much it can energize your life.
4. Appreciate Loved Ones
Take the time to appreciate your loved ones, and if you haven’t spent time with them lately, do so today if you can. At the very least, give your loved ones a call or send a nice email.
6. Pursue a Passion
Following your passion will infuse energy into your life. It helps give life purpose and meaning. Whatever your passion, pursue it with energy.
If you don’t know what that passion is, you need to start exploring and trying new things. It can take a while, but it is well worth the effort.
7. Take Time to Recharge
Sometimes you just feel drained, and you can’t get excited about anything. This is a good time to take a break if you can, to get out of your usual setting and your usual routine. This could mean taking a vacation or it could mean getting out into nature.
It could mean doing some journaling or sketching, creating something, relaxing, doing nothing. When you’re done, you’ll feel much better about everything, and come at things with a fresh perspective.
8. Help Others
There are so many ways that you can help others. You can do volunteer work in a variety of settings. Or you can find ways to do nice things to help your loved ones. Whatever you choose to do it will make life so much better.
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