Patterns are part of our lives.
Positive patterns are seemless and necessary.
For instance, our bodies follow millions of patterns to keep functioning.
Breathing, sleeping and the beating of our hearts are some of the most vital patterns of our bodies.
That being said, this blogpost is more about exploring negative patterns and explaining how breaking said patterns can enhance our quality of life.
You see, negative patterns are just as easy as bodily ones to repeat.
Life patterns vary in severity, but they all have a commonality: they tend to recur.
Here’s a list of negative patterns many of us are familiar with:
- Constant struggles with weight (emotional eating, weight loss..)
- Porn addiction (👈 podcast episode)
- Relationship conflicts
- Financial burdens
- Issues at work
- Heavy drinking
- Drug addiction
- Falling for the same toxic people in our lives
The problem with patterns is that at times, it may seem like the problem is gone, but then it repeats after some time, hence making it a pattern.
If you notice negative patterns in your life and if said patterns have occured far too many times to be a coincidence, something is definitely up.
That said, the good thing about patterns is that some of them will keep repeating themselves until you learn the lesson associated with it, which then breaks the loop.
Here’s the point of this blogpost:
Pattern interruption is key to help you prolong your perception of time.
Let me explain.
When we interrupt or break out patterns, the mundane things of our lives start disappearing.
As they disappear, our perception of time starts changing.
It’s pretty simple, our brains love patterns because they usually allow us to be on autopilot.
Living as such may preserve your energy, but boredom is a silent killer. It’s not just physical but psychological suicide.
Here are a few extremely easy habits you can adopt to give life to your life:
- Meeting new people. Meeting new people is a fun challenge cause you never know who you’re going to stumble upon. People are funny, surprising, sometimes mean but some other times extremely kind. People are intriguing, and meeting new ones give us life, because shared experiences are the only way you can give something without losing anything.
- Taking different routes to work, training, school. It might sound very simplistic, but there’s evidence from the world of psychology that suggests doing could increase your creativity and ability to innovate. Small changes make the biggest difference, remember that !
- Learning a new language. Languages are the window to the world. Language learning can seem challenging at first, but once you start picking it up, everything changes. Your whole perception of the world, and YOUR WORLD, changes. You’re now going to be able to connect with more people, to grow your knowledge, to better understand another (or several other) culture. Language learning is easily accessible to everyone. Multilingualism has been shown to have many social, psychological and lifestyle advantages. Moreover, researchers are finding a swathe of health benefits from speaking more than one language, including faster stroke recovery and delayed onset of dementia. There’s a plethora of cognitive advantages of multilingualism.
- Working from a different office. Working from a different office or spot will add some flavor to your daily life. You’re also more likely to connect with other people, or see things that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
- Trying a new coffee shop in your hometown. Be a tourist in your own town. Take a stroll on a monday morning, talk to people like you would if you were visiting. Being stiff and uptight is the best way to speed up aging. Ain’t nobody got time for that !
- Exploring a new area on a hike. Hiking is the perfect way to challenge yourself, your cognitive senses and physical shape. It’s also the best way to disconnect from everything and reconnect with nature, and yourself.
- Switching up your workout routine. The reason most people struggle with fitness is because they tend to stick to one workout routine for far too long, switch it up already fam !
- Seek out awe inspiring experiences. Those usually take place away from home. It’s almost always the case. Go out, stroll around, pick up your car and drive somewhere you’d never been. It’s by seeking new adventures that we find ourselves. (bro let’s be honest, I’m killing it with these quotes !!)
- Learn about something you never thought you would. I’m considering taking up knitting, cause why not ? The yearning for new experiences is what makes me feel fulfilled and alive. That’s how I got into podcasting, blogging and how I picked up hiking in the first place.
I think you get the point.
My life is all about avoiding the status quo and COMFORT. Yours should be too.
New experiences and pattern interruption reverse engineer aging.
Let’s get it !