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Are you terminally bored - feeling like you're in a rut where you go through the motions of the same routine over and over again? Maybe you know you'd like to make some changes in your life, but you just don't know where to start. Try some of these suggestions for rekindling your interest in your everyday world.

Who needs a makeover?

Perhaps you've been thinking about improving the way you look. Make a decision about what you'd like to fix or change and get started - today. Book an appointment with your hairdresser, get out to the store and start your mission for the perfect interview suit, or pull on your sneakers and galvanize your body into doing some exercise. The first step towards the new you is always the hardest, but once you've made a start, it will get easier and easier to improve the way you look - especially when you start to see some results.

What about a mental makeover? When was the last time you sat down and wrote out your goals? Do you have a 1 year plan, a 5 year plan? Do you know where you want to be in 6 months? It's impossible to move in the right direction if you haven't yet decided which way you're currently headed. Now is also the time to tackle the first book in that big pile that's steadily growing by your bed. Take a deep breath and open it up to the first page. Many people never read the books they feel they 'should' read, because they're too intimidated to make a start. But why be intimidated by words on a page?

Do something new

What have you always secretly dreamed of doing? Are you a closet bungee-jumper or white water rafter? Have you never dared to venture into a really expensive boutique? Why not march right in and try on something in hot pink or tangerine? Do something out of character and give your daily existence a real shake-up - without spending a cent. Have you been meaning to volunteer at an old folks home for years, but never found the time? Walk in off the street today and ask what they need help with. You don't have to make a commitment; just do it once, today, and see how it makes you feel. You may find your calling as a volunteer.

There are plenty of ways to do something new socially as well. Reach out to that quiet person on the edge of your social circle, who looks intriguing but you've never really gotten to know. You might make a new friend, and at the very least, this bold gesture will jolt you out of your everyday rut. Or go to some trouble to organize a get together with some friends you haven't seen in a while. Get in some really good wine and music and prepare for some serious catching up and reconnecting. And when was the last time you made a big fuss of your partner? Why not make a grand romantic gesture - go the whole way, with red roses, candlelight, champagne - and what a great excuse to buy that gorgeous little dress you've been eyeing for weeks.

Become a tourist in your own city

So many people live in the same city for years and never get around to seeing its distinctive attractions. Take the day off and pretend to be a tourist. Which places do you recommend to visiting friends as the essential sights of the city? Have you seen them yourself lately (or at all)? Check out the latest exhibitions at the art gallery and see what's been going on at the museum since you last visited. Browse through your local paper and see if there are any special theatre or other performances currently playing, and take yourself along as a treat.

If you live in a big city, chances are that the metropolis is in a constant state of flux all around you. Get out and explore in neighbourhoods (or shopping malls) you haven't checked out in a while. Really look around you and notice the changes that have taken place - remind yourself that sometimes it really is essential to take some time out and see your world with fresh, new eyes.

These suggestions represent a fraction of the ways to escape the boredom trap. The pace of modern life may be exhausting, but it also means that there is always something new and interesting to see and experience -just look around and go exploring!