Hitting 50 And Bored with My Life

Hitting 50 And Bored with My Life

When we reach our 50s, we’ve usually experienced many life changes. It’s a certain period in our lives when we’re not young anymore…. but we’re not exactly elderly either.

Sometimes we hit a bit of a stumbling block in our 50s.

If we have had children, often they have left home by now. Or we may have had relationships that have broken down… and perhaps find ourselves single again

But for one reason or another, many of us find ourselves bored with our lives, as we reach our 50s

Life does not have to be a rollercoaster ride from one minute to the next, but if you’re finding yourself staring at your television screen every evening and weekend, watching life pass you by, it’s probably time to make a change.

Just because you have reached 50, that doesn’t mean that all the excitement in life has to disappear.

In fact, at this age it is likely that you have more time and money to enjoy what life has to offer.

If you think you’re stuck in a rut and you’re struggling to find a way out, here are some simple tips to get that spark of life back into your routine.

Make Time For Gratitude

If you’re mindlessly going from one task to the next without much thought about what it is that makes you happy, it is going to be hard to invite excitement into your life.

It’s time to sit down and have a good, hard look at what’s important to you and then cut out anything that you don’t have room for.

I sometimes know, when we talk about gratitude and mindfulness, it can sound a little corny.

However, we should be grateful for even reaching our 50s, I think. And I find it helps to be grateful for the little things I have in my life.

So I sometimes try to incorporate a little gratitude and mindfulness into my own day for a few minutes.

Prioritising your happiness and well-being is as important as prioritising chores, work and responsibilities, so don’t cut yourself short here.

Is there a new hobby you’ve always wanted to start but didn’t have time? Now’s your chance to make time.

Changing up your routine

We all get stuck in routines – it’s just a part of life – but when our routines become too rigid, they prevent us from experiencing all the joy that’s possible in our lives.

You might not even realise how rigidly you’re sticking to your routine until you start to change things.

If you’re a middle-aged woman, why not get a new stylish short haircut, For example, to get some extra confidence.

feeling bored in your fifties

Start off slow – you might want to have breakfast out in your garden, rather than at your breakfast table, or you might want to try that new restaurant that you’re always passing by but never thought to go in.

Why not try cycling to work, rather than driving, or even turning on some music while you cook? These changes don’t have to be big to potentially inspire big changes in your life.

Be a yes man (or woman)

It can be tempting to turn down invitations to go to busy restaurants or pubs, or to finish up that report rather than pop over to a friend for coffee, but will that really help you long term?

Why not try saying yes even a couple of times a month rather than saying no – you might find that you enjoy getting out of house and experiencing something new every now and again.

Take On A New Project To Combat Boredom

Start something new. It might be redecorating a new room or taking on a project in the garden – anything to get your creative and problem-solving juices flowing.

You don’t even need to spend a lot of money to take this sort of initiative on, adjust your project to the size of your wallet.

If you can’t spend any money at all, think about rearranging what you have already to give you more space or enhance the look of the room.

Remember that people are generally happier when they live in beautiful spaces so taking one step closer to improving your living space is a great way to improve your overall emotional wellbeing.

Get Your Middle Age Heart Racing Again

When was the last time your heart beat fast after an exciting event? When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

These sorts of experiences are few and far between as we get older, but they can go a really long way in making you feel healthier, happier and more satisfied with your life.

Seek out opportunities to get that heart racing, whether it’s by attending an exciting event or even taking part in something you might not normally do – like simulated skydiving.

This sort of thing will open your eyes to the fact that life is only as dull or exciting as you make it.

Get yourself a makeover

Nothing can make you feel more confident than a makeover, whether that is a complete overhaul of your face, hair and clothing, or just a new hairstyle.

Changing something on the outside can make us feel world’s better on the inside and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.

Of course, if you have the money why not go for a complete makeover, but if you don’t, visiting your local department store and having a professional do your makeup can really boost your confidence.

Why not try a spritz of an expensive perfume to top it off on the way out!

Hopefully some of the above will give you some ideas and food for thought. Hopefully, you can get past the feeling of hitting your 50s and feeling stale. Good luck!


  • Stephen

    Stephen is now retired. He spent 25 years in community welfare and is one of the co-founders of life over 50. He has a keen interest in everything concerning this special age group.....and makes valuable contributions to the site. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, cycling and gardening. Also a keen jazz music lover!

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