During these times, every day can start to feel the same. And no doubt, a regular routine can be reassuring, but researchers have found that a change of scenery can in fact also help us feel good.
Or in the more academic terms from the new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience: “daily variability in physical location was associated with increased positive affect in humans.”
Okay, sure. Many of us have enough cabin fever right now to illustrate how staying in one place can affect our mood without needing a scientific study to prove it! But what can we do, during these pandemic times, to help introduce some variety into our days? Mindbodygreen.com shared these excellent suggestions:
- Go for a run outdoors
- Exercise at home
- Take walks as often as possible, varying your walking paths
- Take different routes to the grocery store — or follow Julian Taylor’s lead and just wear a (very) different outfit.
- Try a new hobby or workout, or even try a recipe you’ve never made before
- Spend time in different parts of your home as much as possible — even curling up with a book on the other end of the couch.
Whatever ways you can find to introduce a little spontaneity, variety, and creativity into your day are sure to help — researchers suggest that even small changes can make a difference.