What Everyone Should Know About Getting Out Of A Rut
Do you feel stuck in your life? Has the world suddenly seemed to have closed in around you? In addition, are you are doing the same thing day in, day out? If this sounds like your life then you are probably stuck in a rut, with what seems to be no way out.
Being stuck in a rut can drag you down, make you feel depressed, or as if life is something you just go through but have long since stopped enjoying. You become this way slowly without even realising it, until one day you wonder what happened and when.
For many of us our daily life is governed by some form of routine which we cannot avoid, for example going to work 8 hours a day, taking the kids to school each morning, this is daily life and routine which for the most part cannot be changed. Another reason behind routine is the safety barrier; we get comfortable with our lives and feel secure in them, so why change?
However, sometimes routine can start to get us down, leave us with a feeling of dissociation and start causing problems in relationships, work and daily life in general, we gradually become unhappy. This is when a change is needed; this is the time to dig yourself out of the hole you have put yourself in and start enjoying life again.
Here are some tips to help you begin to take back control over you life and get out of the rut.
1. Do at least one thing everyday that is different to your normal routine, this could be something as simple as taking a short break and going for a walk, sitting down to read a chapter of a book or any other hobby or pastime you once enjoyed.
2. Take up a new hobby, make sure that you give yourself some times throughout the day to just enjoy something you like doing.
3. Shake up meal times by having something different, you can either try a different recipe or order different take out, try foods from different cultures.
4. Get out and meet new people, there are many ways you can achieve this, join a gym, club or attend a self-improvement class or hobby class.
5. Drive a different way to work or if possible walk or start bicycling, not only will this break the rut you are in but also get you fitter.
6. Take up a new sport; there are many types of sport with something for the fitter to the more moderate forms of exercise.
7. Do something each day that is totally out of character for you, start off with small changes and work your way up to bigger ones.
8. If you are at home with children then change your routine throughout the day, don’t always do the same chore at the same time, shake up the way you do your housework.
9. Make small changes around the home or work area.
10. De-clutter your home or work area; it is surprising how being surrounded by clutter can get you down.
11. Find a mentor or coach so you can set goals to move you forward.