January 17, 2011
How to: be exciting
Are you stuck in a rut? Do you get up every morning, go to work, college or university, come home and have something to eat, watch TV, then go to bed?
Or maybe your image doesn’t match your personality, writes Kirsty Smith. You just blend in with the crowd; you’re no more exciting than the next person. If this sounds like you, you need to inject some excitement into your life. And the first step is to get out of that rut, and make an effort to do something different. Your first step, in short, is to read on…
1. Change your image
A drastic change of image will not only give the impression of being more confident and exciting, but you’ll also feel like you are. Remember: you are not doing this to fit in. A change in your image can make you feel comfortable in your skin – if it’s the change you want.
Start by finding someone whose image you like. Why do you like it? Get someone else’s opinion before you do anything. You might love the Agyness Deyn look (pictured), but, before you cut all your hair off and dye it blonde make sure it will suit you.
Having said that, the easiest way to change your image is to start with your hair. It sets your whole image off, and it’s certainly cheaper than changing your wardrobe! Make sure you discuss it with the hairdresser, so you end up with something that suits you and something you want.
2. Start saying “Yes”
Stop turning down invites to parties and social gatherings in place of long hot baths and cuddling up with your cat. Mr Tibbles might be lovely, but you’re missing out.
The more you go out and meet new people, the more you’ll want to go out. On the other hand, the more nights out you turn down, the less you’ll get, and the more scared you’ll get about going to them.
Force yourself to go out – try to make sure you get out at least once a week – and relax and enjoy yourself!
3. Try something new
“Sorry I’m late, I just came from kick-boxing” sounds more exciting than “I fell asleep in front of the TV” Trying something new and different is good for you. It stimulates the mind and stops you from getting into a routine.
If this new thing is exercise, it also kicks in the endorphins, those feel-good chemicals which are released when we eat chocolate or have sex.
Try to do something new and exciting once a month – go rock climbing, do something for charity, go to an evening class in something, do something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the guts to do.
4. Delete those Facebook apps
Spending your life on various websites, seeing what Katy Perry said on Twitter and checking to see if your “Café World” dishes are done is not exciting. Or cool. Delete them, and avoid the temptation.
In the extra time you have, you can get to work doing those new things and saying yes!
5. Finally, take the initiative!
It’s one thing saying you’ll join the sign-language evening class, but quite another to actually do it.
Once you’ve decided on the different steps you’re going to take towards a new you, actually take them, and you’ll reap the benefits!
So, stop sitting around and get out there!
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