How to Escape Your Life

Five Methods:Getting StartedChanging Your EnvironmentChanging Your LifestyleStaying PositiveFinding Distractions

Sometimes, life can get so stressful and difficult, that escape may seem like the only option. There are many things you can do to escape from life, from simple things, such as getting lost in a good book, to more complex things such as moving away. This article will not only show you many different ways in which you can escape, but it will also give you a few tips on how to improve your life so that you do not need to escape.

Method 1
Getting Started

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    Ask yourself what you are trying to escape and why.[1] Knowing what you are trying to escape can help you figure out how to escape your life. For example:
    • If you realize that you are unhappy with your life because of your job, then you will have to change your job (or some aspect of it) in order to escape your life. Click here to find out more ideas.
    • If you are unhappy with the place you live in, then moving to another location might be the answer. Click here to get some more ideas.
    • If you want to escape your life because of a bad relationship, then you will have to resolve that relationship first. Click here to get some ideas.
    • If you want to escape your life because it feels like nothing ever happens, consider picking up a few hobbies. Click here for a few ideas.
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    Make sure you have a backup place before making any drastic changes. Before you decide to change jobs, make sure that you have another job, even if it's a temporary one, already lined up. If you plan on moving, make sure that you have visited the place first and a home to live in.

Method 2
Changing Your Environment

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    Escape your life by changing the environment. Sometimes, the same old sights and sounds may start to get to you emotionally. You may feel caged in, or as though you are starting to grow crazy. One thing that may help is to change your environment. They may be as simple as going for a hike, taking a new route to school, or going on a trip. It can be as short as a day or as long as forever. This section will give you some ideas on how you can escape your life by changing the environment you are in.
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    Go for a hike or a walk. Much like traveling, hiking will allow you to experience new sights and sounds. Unlike traveling, hiking takes less commitment. Try visiting a national park or nature reserve. If there aren't any close to you, or if you don't have any way to get to one, try going for a walk around the block or explore a nearby park.
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    Experience new sights and sounds by traveling. You can travel as far away as another country or state. You can also take a road trip to a neighboring city. New sights, sounds, scents, and tastes can break up monotonous days. Traveling may also allow you to experiment with a new identity, even if it’s only short term. When you return from your trip, you may feel refreshed and ready to tackle life with more enthusiasm than when you left.[2]
    • If you are planning on going abroad for a long time, ask your boss if you can take a sabbatical, so that you don't have to quite your job. Depending on your profession, you may also be able to "work from home," and submit your assignments over the internet. If you work for a corporate, retail business, ask if you can transfer to a new location temporarily.
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    Consider changing your job. If your job is making you want to escape your life, consider working for another company. It could be that you are unhappy with the way your boss manages things, or the way that the company works. You may be happier working for someone else.
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    Consider starting a new career. If you are really unhappy with your job an life, you might want to consider trying another career path. Try taking some classes at a community or state college; they will give you an idea for what other careers might be like. If you find something that you like, try getting a degree or certificate in that area; it will make getting a new job easier. Be sure to research your new career path, as you do not want all your time and effort to go to waste on something that may not be a good fit for you.[3]
    • If going to a community college is not an option for you, try taking some online classes.
    • If you dislike working for companies, there are always freelance jobs and contracting gigs.
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    Try bringing changes into your current job. If leaving your job isn’t an option, ask your manager about ways you can add some variety to your work. It could be as simple as being assigned a different cubical or getting different projects. If your company does events or parties, ask if you can be placed on the planning committee.
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    Think about moving to a new place or swapping houses with someone. Much like traveling, moving will allow you to experience new sights, sounds, scents, and tastes. The new environment will replace the old one, and might be enough to provide the escape that you need. If moving is not an option, consider swapping houses instead.
    • If you want to move but cannot afford a new house, consider renting a house with some roommates. You can also rent an apartment or a studio in someone's house.
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    Ask your school about exchange programs. If you still attend school, moving to another place may not be an option for you. Many high schools and colleges offer exchange programs. You will be able to study abroad, and accommodation is often provided for you by participating families. If you do not get along with your family or the students in your school, this may be a great escape for you.
    • Keep in mind, however, that some exchange programs are only available to students taking certain language classes. For example, you may not be able to study abroad unless you are taking French—and France would be the only country you may be able to study in.
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    Consider moving to another city, country, or state. Sometimes, where you live now just isn't the place for you. The people, the lifestyle, even the very air may seem wrong to you. If this is the case, moving elsewhere may be an option for you. Before you make any drastic changes, however, try researching where you would like to move to first, and visit that place for a couple of days or weeks. Stay in a hotel or in a friend's house. If you like the new city, state, or country, start making arrangements to move there.
    • Always do your research first and visit any potential place you'd like to move to. The last thing you'd want is to get stuck in a place you end up hating.
    • You don't always have to buy a house when you move; you can rent out an apartment. These are usually cheaper.
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    Change up your room or home to give it a new look. Even something as simple as a new set of bed sheets can change the way your room feels. You can also try moving around the furniture; not only will the physical activity take your mind off of things, but the new set up will give your room a new look. This can help make your life feel a little different from before. It is almost like moving to a new place, without actually moving. Here are some more ideas:
    • Repaint your room. You can also try adding in some new wall paper. If you are renting your room, try adding some wall decals; they can be peeled off when you are ready to move.
    • Add some new curtains, rugs, or lamps.
    • Get some new furniture, or paint the old ones to give them a new, fresh look.
    • Consider fixing leaky faucets, broken appliances, and burnt out lights. This could help get rid of anxiety.
    • Too much clutter can make you feel crowded, both physically and emotionally. Consider selling or donating some things that you no longer use.

Method 3
Changing Your Lifestyle

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    Know how changing your lifestyle can help. Sometimes, it is not possible to escape life by moving away or changing jobs. However, changing your lifestyle may help you feel as though you are getting a fresh start, and it may give you the energy to tackle life's problems.
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    Try to eat more healthy food and drink plenty of water. Changing your diet can help you feel as though you are starting a new life—especially if that diet is different from your current one. Try to add more fruits and vegetables to your current diet, and eat less junk food/fast food.
    • Fruits and vegetables are filled with many important vitamins and nutrients. These will give your body the energy it needs to stay healthy. A healthy body is a happy body.
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    Try to get plenty of restful sleep or going to sleep earlier. If you are already getting a full eight hours of sleep but are still feeling tired the next day, try going to sleep at an earlier time. Not getting enough sleep may leave you feeling tired and emotional, and you may start seeing things as worse than they actually are.
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    Try exercising to distract yourself. You may find yourself focusing more on the workout and less on your life. You do not have to go to the gym, however; you can also go for a walk or jog. If you do, try going to a park; the new scenery will help refresh your mind.
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    Set up a routine. If your life feels chaotic because too many things are spiraling out of your control, you can try to set up a routine. This will give you some semblance of control. Try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day and night. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the same time every day. You can even try scheduling a fun activity on the same day each week. This can be something like watching a movie, going jogging, painting, or heading to the gym.
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    Try meditating for 10 to 20 minutes every day. This may help you feel less stressed and help you view the more positive things in life. It may also improve your physical health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood circulation.[4] Try imagining the repetition of a sound, word or phrase. Be sure to focus on your breathing; it should be slow and natural. Try not to think about anything else while meditating. If something does come up in your mind, acknowledge it, but do not dwell on it.
    • Try meditating first thing in the morning; this is usually the easiest time to concentrate. Meditation can also be a great, stress-free way to start your day.
    • Don’t feel discouraged if you don't feel relaxed after your first meditation session. It may take a few tries. Stay passive and calm, and let it happen with time.
    • Focusing your mind can be difficult. If this is the case for you, try meditating only a few minutes at a time at first, before working your way up to the a 10 to 20 minute session.[5]
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    Try finding escape through faith. If you are a religious person, you can ask your church for help or advice. You may even find that praying to your god or goddess can help. If you are not a religious person, but want to be, read up on some religions that interest you, and try to attend a prayer service. If you are not a religious person, and have no intention of joining any organized religion, try to set aside some time each day or week to reflect on your life and what you would like to change about it. It can be as simple as thinking more positively or staying strong emotionally.

Method 4
Staying Positive

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    Know how ending negative relationships and finding the positive aspects of your life can help. Sometimes, you might be unhappy with the way things are in your life. Maybe you are not in a good relationship with your loved ones, or perhaps you don't have many friends. You can escape the negativity in your life by finding something positive in your life, or forging new friendships. This section will give you a few tips on how to escape some negative aspects in your life, and how to change them.
    • If you find something in your life to be happy about, then you will not find the need to escape anymore.
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    Try to notice the good things in life. If you are not able escape your life, then you can try to make it more positive. At the end of each day, to take note of at least one, good thing that happened.[6] You may even start to view life more positively and not feel the need to escape from it anymore. Thinking more positively may also help reduce stress and anxiety.[7] If you cannot recall a positive moment, then try to make one. Here are some ideas:
    • Go for a walk and try to find something pretty. It can be as simple as a flower.
    • Read a book or blog that inspires you.
    • Treat yourself to some ice cream, or your favorite food.
    • Watch a comedy.
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    Help others by volunteering with a charity.[8] Sometimes, helping others escape their lives may help you feel as though you are escaping your own. Doing kind acts, such as volunteering, can also help you feel more positive about yourself and your life.[9]
    • Studies show that volunteering may help decrease depression and make life feel more meaningful.[10]
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    Fix relationships instead of running from them. If you want to escape life because of a failing relationship, try to fix that relationship first. After this, you may find that you do not have to escape life any more. Talk to the other person about how he or she feels about the relationship and what can be done to change it for the better. Be sure to write down the changes, and to focus on both yourself and the other person. If the other person has to do all the changing, he or she may not be willing to work with you.[11]
    • Remember that you can only control your own actions and feelings, not the other person's. You may suggest and request changes, but this does not mean that he or she will actually do them.
    • Keep in mind that some relationships cannot be saved, and that it may be better to end them.
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    End toxic relationships, if possible. Sometimes, people can make life difficult and make us want to escape it. Instead of moving away, however, it may be easier to break contact with those people. If you find yourself in a toxic relationship, try to fix it first; if that is not possible, then try to end it. This may involve breaking up or filing for a divorce.
    • If you are not a legal adult and you live in a toxic home, try and see if you can live with some other relatives instead. Ask if you can live with an aunt, uncle, older sibling, or grandparent.
    • Consider seeking help from a therapist. He or she can help you cope with the breakup or offer you advice on what to do.
    • Try to be honest with the person. If they persist, let them know that you will not change your mind.
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    Forge new relationships. If you cannot physically escape your life, you can spending time with friends. If you do not have any friends, you can try making new ones. Surrounding yourself with people who make you happy may help take your mind off of the negative things in life. If your home life is a problem, some friends might even allow you to spend a night or two at their place. Here are some ideas on how you can make new friends, if you do not have any:
    • Try joining some groups or clubs at your school or community center.
    • Friendships do not have to be physical. You can also find many friends over the internet. Try joining some forums or chat rooms that focus on your interests.
    • Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. If there is someone you’d like to get to know better, or think you could form a friendship with, ask if you can hang out or chat over the phone or online.
    • Try to remain positive and supportive towards others.
    • Consider joining a dating website. If you are single and lonely, you may find that having someone to share your thoughts and feelings with may help.

Method 5
Finding Distractions

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    Know how activities can help you feel like you are escaping your life. Sometimes, it is just not possible to move to a new place, change schools, or find a new job. By picking up things like hobbies, however, you can mentally escape from your life, at least for a little while. This section will give you a few ideas.
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    Escape the world around you by reading a book. Fictional stories can help distract your mind and make you forget the world around you for a little bit. You may find yourself relating to the characters, and their problems may help you forget your own.
    • Children's classics are a great choice. Their worlds are often idealistic, and pleasant to read about. They can provide a great escape.[12]
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    Distract yourself by playing a video game. Much like books, the storylines in many games can distract you from all the bad that is happening around you. The action and puzzles can also keep you busy and help you not focus so much on all your troubles.
    • Try out a few mmorpg games. They have endless levels and places for you to explore, and many of them are constantly updating with new levels and lands.
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    Give yourself something to look forward to by watching a new television series. Not only will they keep your mind off of things, but each week, you will have a new episode to look forward to. The anticipation and excitement may also help distract you from the world around you to some extent.
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    Ease your mind by listening to some music. Music can help you relax when you are feeling stressed. It can also help distract you from your problems for a while.
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    Keep yourself busy by picking up a new hobby. Knitting, drawing, martial arts, or playing an instrument may not help you physically escape your life, but they can help provide a mental escape. You will likely by so busy participating in your new hobby that you will not have the time to focus on the world around you. Keep in mind that this likely won't be constant; most hobbies can only provide an hour or two of relief.
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    Add changes to your day. Doing the same thing every day can make feel tedious. This can lead to boredom or depression. Switching up your daily routine can divert and distract your mind. It will help you feel refreshed, and make life seem less tiring and mundane. You don't have to change everything in your life, however; even switching up one thing may be enough.[13][14] Here are some ideas to get you started:
    • Treat yourself randomly to a special dessert.
    • If you go to the same cafe every day, try to order something new.
    • Meet a friend for lunch or go to a movie. This will help split up your week and it seem less monotonous. If you have the meeting on the same day each week, it may give you something to look forward to.
    • Try taking a new route to work or school. The same, old scenery may cause you to dwell on how dull and boring your life is, so it may be a good idea to take a different path every once in a while. The new sights, sounds, and smells may be enough to take your mind off of other things.

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