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15 cheap ways to break the routine

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 29 Jun 2012

We all want to try new things and make the most of our time but day trips, weekends away and unplanned excursions can all add up in the end. That’s why most of us meticulously plan family adventures or budget for that long break. Let’s face it, just heading off ‘spontaneously’ can be far too scary an idea, which we might end up with costs spiralling through the roof...

We’ve somehow stumbled into the mindset that being spontaneous entails jetting off to Paris on a whim or impulse buying that hot red sports car. As nice as both of those things would be to tick off our bucket lists, somewhere along the line we’ve mistakenly confused being spontaneous with splashing the cash! But spontaneity doesn’t have to cost the earth, and it doesn’t have to be all about the grand gestures even though these are nice too… in their place...!

On the same basis that cat naps help to re-charge our batteries – little things, done daily, can rejuvenate your mojo as much as a grand gesture. Enjoying the simple things in life is a mindset – but is certainly worth giving it a go. So, something as simple as trying a new bottle of red with your dinner or taking the long but scenic route to work can have an instantaneous effect on your mood. Small gestures, made with no prelude on the spur of the moment can take you out of your rut and make each day feel wholly different.

It isn’t just our own lives that can benefit from a boost of extemporaneous behaviour. Random acts of kindness are born from our spontaneous desires to help other people or to make them happy. Here are 15 spontaneous things you could try that may make a difference to yours or somebody else’s life.

1. Try a new food every day for a week, even if it’s just a different filling in your sandwich

2. Cut out an article your partner might like and leave it somewhere they will find it

3. Walk down any aisle in the library and pick a book to read at random

4. Go into your local charity and volunteer

5. Walk into a museum or gallery and wander round whatever exhibition is on

6. Don’t go straight home after work, make an instantaneous plan and go with it

7. Give to the homeless

8. Have a car-free day. Get on a bus and see where it takes you

9. Turn your regular evening meal into a romantic dinnertime date

10. Repurpose an old piece of furniture

11. Rearrange a room in your house

12. Call up a friend or family member you’ve not spoken to lately

13. Give anything you’ve not worn or used in over a year to charity

14. Do some exercise or go for a walk

15. Start writing a blog

It’s small spontaneities like these that will also help you to realize just how much you take for granted – and just how many choices you are presented with each day. All you have to do is recognize when you are in a rut, be brave and branch out even if all it means it tagliatelle instead of spaghetti!

Note: Whilst we take care to ensure Hub content is accurate at the time of publication, individual circumstances can differ so please don’t rely on it when making financial decisions. OneFamily do not provide advice so it may be worth speaking to an independent financial advisor about your own circumstances.