This is a guest post By Tara Miller
Most of us work incredibly hard during the day. Although you may love your job, you’re probably getting sick of working on the same, routine tasks your employer requires. You may find it difficult to find time to do things outside your comfort zone. Even if you do love your job or field, after a certain amount of time, everyone begins to feel weary and bored with doing the same thing every single day. You may be feeling like you’ve reached a plateau in your career. This can happen as late as your forties (formally called a mid-life crisis) or as early as your mid-twenties. If you are a victim to these feelings, remember: life is what you make it. You are definitely not helpless, so get yourself out of that box of Dunkin’ Donuts. You just need to spice things up a bit. Adding changes to your normal routine can jumpstart your creativity, which will leave you feeling more fulfilled. Plus, some of these tips can help you meet new people to share your new creative side with!
Start Learning a New Language
Have you always wanted to travel internationally? This can be the perfect way to build the skills and confidence you need to finally take that vacation. If you aren’t ready to travel, don’t worry! Your newly acquired skills won’t go unrecognized. New language skills can be a great asset in the workforce. Because of the rapid rate of globalization, knowing more than one language can help you deal with various customers and clients. Lastly, and most importantly, learning a new language will make your brain work differently. If you are an engineer or doctor, for example, you are more likely to primarily use your left brain. This side of the brain is involved in analytical processes such as mathematical and scientific computations. However, while you learn new languages, you will be utilizing your right brain more. This side of the brain helps you focus on accentuation and intonation. The right brain is often associated with more creative, less defined processes. Learning a new language can be the first step in waking up your right brain!
Start Taking New Courses
If you are looking to be artistically creative, this option may be right for you. You can take some simple pottery or painting classes. Otherwise, you can take some art history courses online. Exposing yourself to other artists and their ideas can help bolster your own creativity. If you are already an artist, you may want to take a course that forces you to utilize your left brain more. For example, take logic or math courses at your local community college/university.
Look for New Events in Your City
Engaging in different events, not in line with your usual interests, can help you meet new people. Most importantly, you’ll have great, new experiences. For example, if you are going to start learning a new language, try to find a practice group in your city! If you are interested in learning about art, visit your local art museum. Is there a certain type of food you enjoy? Find a culinary school or market offering cooking classes in your area!
This guest contribution was submitted by Tara Miller, who regularly writes for psychology degree. She especially loves hearing back from her readers. Questions or comments can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.