Learning to Appreciate Routine to Find Happiness in Life
November 08, 2022
Why is it that when someone does something for the first time, they feel excited, motivated, and have lots of upbeat energy to perform? Whereas if something has become a habit, so many of us already lose the energy to move or to do it. We yearn for new things to do, new things to chase, and new milestones to hit.
First off, it’s not surprising at all. Firsts are exciting because you don’t know what to expect. You probably came from a life of monotony and that one thing that can stir it up will give you joy and the feeling of being alive again. When you do something for the first time, there is also no pressure to excel. You can always claim you’re a beginner or that it’s your first time doing it and people will automatically not expect anything high from you. You might also be dissatisfied with your life at the moment that anything new is a welcome escape for you.
While doing something new puts us on a high, you have to remind yourself that it also can put you in a position of uncertainty. Some might feel anxious not knowing what will happen next. For most of us, the feeling is fleeting. You’re on a high because you did it for the first time until the feeling subsides and you’re back to your old routine again. Plus, the reality is you can’t keep doing something new for the first time. Humans are creatures of habit and in one way or another, you’d fall back into a routine again. And not to mention, the fun of doing something new will be sucked away if you always just do things for the first time and then jump to the next new thing that’s being presented to you.
At some point in your life, you’d want to settle down and days will be much slower. But also at this point, the goal is for you to have developed a more mature mindset that you are at peace and content with what you currently have or are doing in life. You are not chasing the next big thing but you are happy with the calm that your life brings to you. You don’t aspire to disrupt it with anything drastic and if you were to try something new, it’s just for fun and not to change your life altogether.
And how does this happen? You need to foster a gratitude mindset where you are able to appreciate the big and the small wins of your life. Of course, you shouldn’t romanticize life but for you to be happy, you need to see the beauty in your life and not always dwell on what’s lacking. For you to be more appreciative, you can write down the things that you are thankful for everyday so that you don’t lose sight of your blessings despite everything that’s causing you stress. Acquiring the habit of saying “thank you” also helps, whether it be for another person or for life’s circumstances.
On that note, you need to find beauty in routine. You get to master things because you do them every single day. You are privileged to be in a position to do these things while there are many people in different parts of the world who are unable to do so. When you dedicate time for focused hours, your mind doesn’t wander and you produce an output at the end of the day that you can be proud of.
For instance, at work, you will be bound to do the same things over and over again. There are processes and systems in place that you have to follow and be a part of. You can’t always jump to a new job the minute something becomes boring to you already. In this case, you can equip yourself with the right tools such as ergonomic furniture. We list down two items below for you to check out:
Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk (EF1)
If you’re just starting out, it’s smart to pick a basic unit, the EF1. This particular standing desk from FlexiSpot has five desktop color options: bamboo, mahogany, maple, black, and white. The height range is 28” to 47.6” while the desk frame comes in white, grey, and black. You may add a dual or single monitor mount that could be clamped on the desktop. Like the other desk mentioned above, you may also add caster wheels to this unit upon purchase.
The lifting speed is one inch per second while producing a sound no louder than 50 decibels. The weight capacity is 154 pounds or 70 kilograms. It also has inverted legs. This desk comes with a height programmable control panel with four memory buttons to save your sitting and standing height preferences.
V9 Pro Home Office Height Adjustable Cycle Desk Bike
This desk bike can help you produce endorphins on days when you feel sluggish or too demotivated to work. You would be thankful for a chair that can boost your energy at any time and also check off your workout requirement for the day. This FlexiSpot product has comfortable pedals that hardly make any noise during pedaling, meaning it can be used comfortably even while in meetings and having the other partner around the room. The bike features a calorie tracker to monitor your progress and a customizable cardio with adjustable resistance levels. The height of the seat can be adjusted according to your desire and the removable keyboard tray may be used as a desktop. It’s compact and reliable which FlexiSpot customers love. It will be easier as well to remain consistent with exercise because using this desk bike during work doesn’t feel like a strenuous workout at all.
Chasing new things is fun and exciting, and is something not discouraged at any age. But ultimately, for anyone to find lasting happiness and peace, the goal is to not keep jumping from one new thing to another. The goal is to find peace in routine, in the most mundane of things, and in the simplest of wins.
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