Every so often, it’s easy to feel like you’re just going through the motions of life. You go to work, come home, maybe fit in a workout and hangout with friends, but you can’t help feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. When was the last time you changed things up and tried something new? If you feel stuck in a rut, here are four ways to shake up your life and add some excitement and change.

Adjust Your Daily Routine

It’s great to have a routine to keep you steady, productive, and in control of your time and your life, but if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, then changing up your daily routine is an easy way to change up the course of your life.

Take a look at your mornings: how are you are spending your time? If you work in an office, do you just wake up and head to work each morning? If you head right to the office, this may create feelings of apathy and lack of excitement about your job. Take advantage of this crucial time between when you wake up and when you start your day. This is valuable time that can be used for many different purposes: such as self-improvement, fitness, personal development, spending time with family and more. Try shaking up your routine by adding in some time for meditation or brisk walk in the morning. These activities may add positive repercussions that affect your whole day for the better. 

Consider Changing Jobs

If you have a feeling that your current line of work may to blame for your feelings of apathy, then it might be worth searching for a new job. At least doing a search to see what else is out there, and if any other role pique your interest may help you discover whether a new job is something you truly want to pursue at this time. 

You can also reach out to your immediate network of friends and family and see if they know of any companies that are hiring that might be a good fit for you. Just be prepared: changing jobs can potentially be a lot of work. Potential employers will ask a lot of you, they may even do an address search online to verify your current and previous places of employment. If the idea of finding a new job seems overwhelming to you, then this probably isn’t the change that you’re looking for. 

Meet Some New Friends

Do you find that you’re hanging out with the same people (or not hanging out with anyone) all the time? This could be a source of indifference in your life. Use  Peoplefinders, internet or the social media for find some local meet-ups that you might be interested in. If you’re into jogging, join a local running club. If you like live music, find a local concert you can attend. Meeting new people is a surefire way to add some new excitement to your life. 

Plan a Trip

Sometimes, when you’re feeling bored with your current situation, what you need is something to look forward to. And planning a trip, either a quick weekend away or a weeklong trip overseas, can be the perfect solution to that. When you have a trip on the books, you have an adventure to look forward to, which can help lift you up out of your rut.