HOW TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF A RUT QUICK
It’s perfectly natural to feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon in life and need to get yourself out of a rut. Personally, I seem to fall into a mode of feeling everything I do is meaninglessness a few times a year. It’s nothing to be ashamed of at all, everyone feels like it at some point.
Ruts can be caused by several things, including stress but everyone is different. It can affect your whole life or just a few points of it, for instance, I find many of my ruts are around creativity, diet or working out. I get into the mindset where I struggle to see any development, thus causing me to feel like I’m floating by in life and end up in a rut. However, knowing how to get yourself out of that mindset and keep moving forward is the most important thing. Here is a bunch of things that really help me pull myself back together:
1. POSITIVE THINKING
Positive thinking is key. As cliche as it is, a healthy mind is everything and it’s probably the hardest yet most vital thing on this list. I’ve recently had my eyes opened to the law of attraction and I really recommend everyone to do their own research on it. Basically, it says that what you put out in the world is what you will receive back. Once you take this idea on board and read other people’s experiences I swear this will change your life – and if not at least inspire you to get back on track!
It may seem like the last thing that you want to do but I promise getting yourself back out there will improve your mood. The process of getting ready is therapeutic, going through a routine is a great way to garner some self-control. Also, once you get out of your comfort zone and begin talking to people you will find yourself falling back into the real you and naturally be portraying your most positive self.
3. START A NEW HOBBY OR CHALLENGE YOURSELF
One thing I always try and do when I’m feeling low is set myself a new challenge. Just this year alone I have done a 30-day pilate challenge, a sober month and increased my water intake. Just having an endgame in mind can really get you back on track. If you aren’t into fad challenges like me, try starting a new hobby. I began fencing one year purely because I was struggling with anxiety and needed something new to focus on.
Similarly to starting a new hobby or challenge, working out is an absolute dream for getting out of a rut. I find that going to the gym is the last thing on mind when I’m not feeling my best, but once I’m there I always feel ten times better. The science behind this is simple when you exercise chemicals names BDNF and endorphins are released into your brain. Once you have finished exercising those chemicals will leave you feeling clear and eventually happy.
5. MAKE TO-DO LISTS
If you’re like me, a list makes me feel like I have my life together. Whether it’s for little jobs around the house or end-of-year goals, having notes down on paper is a great way to get everything in order. If you are feeling sluggish and uninspired, just jotting down ten things that you need to get done by the end of the week is a good start. Little achievements still
6. KEEP A JOURNAL OR DIARY
Like I said, writing things down on paper is very therapeutic and a quick way to feel like you have some organisation in your life. Keeping a journal is a sure fire way to feel more inspired and like you are actually achieving something. When I went to hypnotherapy, one of the first things I was told was to keep a ‘positive journal’. This is because when you relive memories your body can’t tell the difference from imagination or reality. So if you remember bad things that have occurred throughout your day, your mind will replicate those feelings again. Therefore, by jotting down positive thoughts at the end of the day, you’ll mimic those feelings and fall asleep happier!
7. CHANGE YOUR BED SHEETS
It’s the smallest thing but it does make an impact on your mood. Fresh bedsheets are one of the world’s best pleasures and will instantly help you relax which is sometimes all you need.
8. TIDY UP YOUR SPACE
The first thing you should add onto your to-do list is tidy up your space. Your space is where you feel the most comfortable, be it your bedroom or house. You spend the most time or at least feel the most relaxed here so it is a reflection of you. If your area is a mess it will play on your mind and will not benefit your mindset at all.
9. HAVE A NIGHT ALL TO YOURSELF
We all love some alone time and what a better way to feel refreshed and revitalised for the next day? I personally love having a bath with candles then doing some major skincare before getting in bed to watch a film. Being in a rut can be something you see as punishable but sometimes you just need to hit the reset button and start again.