You. Yes you, right now reading this. I triple dog dare you to try something new today.
Does that sound scary? Exciting? Impossible? For me it generally sounds like all of the above. But I tend to do this even when I’m not thinking about it.
Doing new things is a great way to learn more about what you like and what makes you smile. Knowing what makes you smile is great to have in your wellness tool box for when you are feeling down.
Need some ideas to get started? Here’s 30.
1. Wear a bathing suit – even if it’s just to sit on your private deck.
2. Try a new exercise (use youtube to find yoga or pilates to do at home).
3. Maintain eye contact when talking to people.
4. Turn off the tv. Or phone, or music. Sit in silence.
5. OR sit in the noise. Crank up the tunes and see if you are more productive.
6. Reach out to 1 new person on social media today. Have an actual conversation.
7. Replace 1 soda, coffee, juice, tea etc with a glass of water.
8. Try a new restaurant. Or a new dish at your favorite restaurant.
10. Eat a different kind of ice cream (I should do this. I’m addicted to chocolate and peanut butter).
11. Take a selfie.
12. Take your lunch to work.
13. Call a relative you haven’t talked to in a while.
14. Sleep naked.
15. Write a letter and send it.
16. Tip 30% or more.
17. Go rock climbing.
18. Buy a book from a section you don’t normally browse.
19. Go to a play or concert.
20. Try playing tourist in your city for the day.
22. Go to bed early.
23. Sleep in.
24. Buy a flower and plant it in your yard.
25. Go to Target and buy nothing.
26. Go on a hike or a bike ride.
27. Listen to an audio book.
28. Start a journal.
29. Make that doctor appointment you’ve been slacking on.
30. Tell someone – even yourself – how you feel about them.
Bonus! Check out Sarah Von Bargen, she has an awesome goal each year to make a list of new things to try. Check out her archives for ideas!
Easy peasy? Yes and no. Doing someone new doesn’t mean doing something big and scary exactly. It can mean that and you might learn more about yourself when you do that. For me, something big and scary was wearing (or just buying) a swimsuit this year. But I have a 2 year old who wants to go swimming and I’m not going to miss out on that so I did it. And ya know what happened? We had tons of fun and I didn’t care about my body at all.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut or stick with your routine. I know because I do it too, because it helps keep my anxiety manageable. The key to trying new things is to pick something that appeals to you on some level. I would never try learning to play a sport because that doesn’t interest me on any level. I would try rock climbing (indoors) because it sounds fun.
Share in the comments: Did you do it? You can’t say no to a triple dog dare, so tell me what new thing you tried and how it made you feel.
In my Intro to Journaling For Your Wellness workshop, we talk more about doing new things and how to record your thoughts and feelings about them.
The last run of this workshop saw 20 women working in their journals, creating new artwork, digging deep into their self discovery and all for FREE!
Don’t take my word for it, here’s what some of the journaler’s had to say:
“I really enjoyed this challenge. It allowed me to focus on something and express myself. This workshop was fun, challenging and full of art!”
“The journal workshop was individual, enlightening, and challenging.”
Guess what?! This next run of the challenge is going to be bigger and better than last time! There are now 10 prompts, 2 how to’s and 2 “live” q and a’s with me! All for no cost to you!
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