We all find ourselves stuck in a rut from time to time. Perhaps you feel life is passing you by and nothing is exciting or new anymore. You feel bored and lifeless and lack motivation.
You start to think negatively about a lot of things, including yourself and your relationships. There doesn’t seem to be anything to look forward to. Life is just blah.
Feeling stuck in a rut is certainly no fun but luckily there are three simple ways in which to get out of that rut fast and start feeling happier again.
When we get stuck in a rut it is usually because we feel below par and lack energy. Make sure that you eat healthily and get plenty of sleep, take vitamins and get regular exercise.
It is also important to recognise that being stuck in a rut will not last forever – it is simply a passing phase. You must not punish yourself for how you feel as this will make matters worse; instead, remind yourself how lucky you are and how many blessings you have in your life.
If you are worried about a problem and this is making you stressed and anxious, talk to someone you trust and try to imagine the worst case scenario of the problem. Is it really so terrible? Doing this will help you to diminish your anxiety and fear. We so often imagine the worst and find that it never happens.
Taking action of some sort is a great way to lift your spirits. It does not really matter what you do, but the more enjoyable the better.
You could, for instance, play some upbeat music instead of listening to the news report. You could dance by yourself in private or, if you prefer, do some form of fun exercise, like hopping on the spot or jumping jacks. Do anything that gets you moving and energised.
You could also try smiling in front of the mirror. Smiling releases endorphins, our “happy” hormones, so try this tactic as much as possible.
Do something you find worthwhile. If you do a task that is of value to you and holds meaning for you, you are likely to see it through to completion and then find other tasks that are equally important. This is a great way of getting out of rut.
The tasks themselves don’t have to be large or complicated or take a long time. The key is that they are important to you, whether that is planting some flowers or writing a letter to a friend or changing a light bulb.
If a job is important to you, you are likely to perform it well and conscientiously. Instead of focusing on your problems or the rut you are stuck in, your energy is being productively used on worthwhile tasks.
So the next time you feel that you are becoming stuck in a rut, immediately follow these three simple steps. Don’t wait for the rut to get deeper and deeper – act immediately and nip it in the bud and start living fully again.