Sometimes everyday life can get a little dull. It may seem like everyone lives life, but believe me, it happens to all of us. Luckily, there’s an amazing way to make even the dullest passages spellbinding: romance!
What does “romanticize” mean?
Essentially, it means turning an otherwise mundane day or activity into something big. Just imagine your favorite movie scene, where the main character is doing something totally mundane, like going to school or watching a movie, but everything seems so… aesthetic! This is why people romance: they want to feel and know that they are the main characters in their own lives, and that if there was a movie about them, snapshots of their lives would be pinned on Pinterest all the time. .
So what do I do?!
1. To the Haley Dunphys and Gina Linettis of the world, unplug!
For the most part, at least. If you’re like me and like to keep a digital diary, not having 100% gadgets probably wouldn’t be a necessity. I suppose a more appropriate header would be “Stay away from social media”, but “Unplug” sounds great.
There’s just something so freeing about not feeling the need to let everyone know about your life or stay up to date with other people’s lives. You do not believe me ? InnerDrive says it best in this article. And romanticizing your life is all about making you the main character anyway, and spending hours living vicariously through others would really put the brakes on that.
So, save your social media login details somewhere safe, temporarily remove apps, and maybe (just maybe) turn off your phone and put it away entirely. You will definitely feel like one of your favorite movie characters from the late 90s to early 2000s.
2. Vibrate for the playlist
See, here’s a good reason not to completely unplug! Well, unless you have a (jealous) record player. I’m probably the furthest person from good musical taste and musical talent, but even I can attest to how much an uplifting song can do for your mood. While you cook, clean, scrapbook or paint, put on your favorite playlist, just like how an iconic song always saves an iconic MC.
Who knows? You might get so into it that you’ll get up and have a concert in a hall, Taylor Swift style.
3. Productive mornings, spontaneous afternoons
This is one of my favorite tips, but maybe it’s just because I’ve always been a morning person. I love designing the perfect morning routine – a routine that includes getting up early, skincare, meditation, exercise, reading, a healthy breakfast, and more. afternoon for a day doing what I love, whether it’s a lazy movie marathon or a fun outing to the mall.
I’ve always been torn between wanting to have a “That Girl” day and being too unmotivated to move, and for me, that’s the perfect balance. Having a refreshing and stimulating morning is the perfect transition to a relaxed and interesting day.
4. Treat yourself
“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” -Jorge Luis Borges
This trick can manifest itself in a hundred different ways! Here are some good suggestions:
Binging the show you’ve been dying to watch
Cook your own meal or order
Buy something cute online
Plan your own spa day
“Indulging” doesn’t have to cost money – it can be anything that makes you feel special. And no way if you feel bad about it.
5. Get a taste of the outdoors
One of the easiest ways to connect with yourself and get lost in thought is to get outside and witness nature’s beauty for yourself. Maybe you’d like to go for a run, watch the sunset, or invite friends over to the nearest park for the perfect Pinterest picnic. Maybe you’d like to splash around a pool, tend to your garden, or roast s’mores over a bonfire.
Either way, take a moment to appreciate how refreshing the breeze is or how small we are compared to the rest of the universe. Besides making you feel relaxed and deep, it’s great for putting your life and your future as a whole into perspective.
6. Try an idle hobby
Now, I’m not sure if “idle pastime” is a real term, but in any case, I define it as a simple relaxing and entertaining activity without requiring a lot of physical or mental energy. Depending on you, your pre-existing attitudes and skills, some good ideas might include:
Using an Adult Coloring Book
Complete a simple puzzle
Knit or crochet
Paint by numbers
It’s a great way to romanticize your life because even with little effort it often produces beautiful results. My artistic skills are on par with my abysmal musical skills, but I still have several of my favorite paint-by-numbers pieces on display in my bedroom.
Accompanying these “idle pastimes” with relaxing music, fragrant perfumes and comfortable clothing never fails to enhance the experience!
7. Do something original
“Where is your will to be weird?” -Jim Morrison
TikTok has probably instilled a cringe reflex in us when it comes to the word “quirky,” but I find this trick incredibly effective. Everyone has the right to be a little weird sometimes. Whether it’s decorating your bedroom for a rather quirky vacation (see “Squirrel Appreciation Day” or “Middle Child Day”), building the world’s best fort in your living room, or leaving written compliments on sticky notes around your school, being “quirky” will definitely make your day a bit more remarkable than the others.
8. Play “I spy”
I know, it’s weird. This is another one that needs a bit of explanation. This rather odd variation of “I Spy” may sound like the wildly enthusiastic games teachers play with preschoolers, but believe me, it really helps shape your outlook for the better. Very simply, all you have to do is focus on the first object your eyes land on and think of something positive about it.
If you happen to set your sights on something as dreary as the random printer in the corner that never works when needed and has often been the cause of tears of frustration and desperate threesome begging morning hours on a school night (no, this example is not personal), so you might remember that once-in-a-lifetime occasion when he successfully scanned in the hours worth of your math homework , allowing you to submit it on time. Or maybe you could think about how its design was the best available when you bought it.
Believe me, it’s great for giving you a more positive outlook on life. Even if your personality was significantly shaped by Blair Waldorf or Elizabeth Bennett, everyone wants to be a bit like the sweet, doe-eyed character (ahem, Rory Gilmore and Theodore the Chipmunk) sometimes.
9. Contemplate your dream life
My friends and I are known to make obsessive (and often very unrealistic) plans to start a small business or to travel around Europe and Africa. Considering the time, spreadsheets, video calls, and Pinterest boards that go into it, it would probably be surprising (and a little worrying to) most if they never succeeded. But we like to be like this – daydreaming is something that motivates us, excites us and adds a little bounce to our steps.
Thinking about your future – about someone living the life of your dreams – is an amazing way to romanticize your life. You can imagine it any way you want, with you at the center of it all! Plans and circumstances will surely change, and this “dream life” will likely manifest in a completely different way than you originally assumed, but there’s no harm in finding something to work towards today. today.
10. Go old fashioned
Bringing the aforementioned record player back here to tell you that experiencing a day like you’re in the past is a great way to feel like the main character, set apart from everyone else. It doesn’t matter what period of time you’re shooting – put the stylus on the record, head straight to the nearest drive-in, grab a Polaroid camera, dress like it’s the 80s, or visit a old restaurant!
Life is full of ups and downs, and then there are the in-betweens. What to do with those moments of seemingly agonizing monotony is up to you, and I hope these tips gave you the boost you needed!