Holidays, short breaks, and weekends are ideal times to reboot and refresh to get you out of that rut. But, how soon after does that ugh feeling re-appear?! The good news is you can consciously grow beyond that blah! In this article, I cover ideas on how to get out that rut, to move on, unshackle, and rid the blah.
Are You in a Rut?
“If your life has become boring, stale, and monotonous, you’re in a rut.” ¹
What to do when you feel in a rut?
Having a keen interest helps. It’s what gives me that ‘can’t wait to jump out of bed in the morning and get going’ feeling. I find it’s a surefire way to beat the ‘I’m going nowhere’ and to feel happy about your life.
But, it’s easy to fall straight back into that rut. Unless! You intentionally plan and slot in time for inspiring interests.
No one wants to be in a rut, doing just tedious stuff, much like a robot where our smarts automate us to be efficient machines crunching through daily demands.
But, meanwhile, the wheels of life are continually spinning in the one place, digging your a rut that stops you moving forward.
What to Do When You Feel Stuck in A Rut
The first step is to admit when you are in a rut.
It can happen to all of us.
Once we realise we are in a rut, the best thing to do is to take some steps to changing that. This will mean doing something to shift your mindset and get yourself out of your comfort zone.
Having a strong passion about a hobby or pastime or just varying your behaviors from time to time will help keep you out of a rut, but sometimes you need a gentle nudge. Here are some ideas.
#1 Get Engrossed in What’s Around You!
Get outside and look around. Nature is packed with diversity and ever-changing moods in so many landscapes and niches.
Just being outside in nature can change how you feel. If you have a drone with a camera, go out and capture live footage of awesome landscapes. It will benefit your behavioral/mental well-being because it requires you to get moving the way you were born to move — across landscapes.
You could also look heavenly, if you have a set of binoculars or a telescope with which you can check out the planets and constellations in the night sky above you. Finding out about astronomy will open you to new perspectives. You could join enthusiasts and travel to destinations to see the best night skies.
You could also try:
- Volunteering holidays to help with wildlife across the world
- Trails and Great Walks ( see 8 easy walks for those who are part-time trekkers or new to hiking)
- Getting some horse riding gear and go riding
Or, JUST find the wildness within your local area.
Alternately, you can learn about the world around you, such as biology (the stuff about life itself) or master landscape photography online, for example.
Or…study some startling world facts that might stir your interest in doing something meaningful.
#2 Do What You Don’t Normally Do! Something New
A change is good as a holiday, or so the saying goes. This might mean getting you out of your comfort zone. You could do the simple things, like getting out of bed on the opposite side to that which you normally do.
If you normal write with you right hand, you could try writing with your left.
Then again, you could do something more meaningful…
…like something you haven’t done before to reduce your ecological footprint (see my 101+ list of ways).
There is also this project happening with drones where you can help in tracking plastic debris on world beaches.
Think about one thing that you can do different today, and the next day, and just do it!
#3 Try Out New Ways to Keep or Get Fit!
Keeping (or getting) fit usually finds its way into ‘new you’ plans.
Everyone accepts the ‘keeping fit’ benefits for their wellness. So I won’t rehash.
Bottom line is…
…have an interest in your health. At least, schedule doctor and dental check-ups, and eat healthy foods.
#4 Vary Your Food for Thought!
Food for thought often comes from reading about things and listening to others.
Reading novels, autobiographies, and non-fiction is a way to escape the humdrum.
Joining enthusiasts who share your interests in forums and meetups is another way of varying your thinking and can be a sure way of getting you out of a rut.
Sharing the results of your interests in photos and videos with others can be fun and stimulate new avenues of thinking that get you out of that rut as well.
#5 Laugh and Be Happy!
Practice more of laughing out loud! It’s true…laughter is the best medicine.
Did you know, laughter burns calories! There are well-being reasons why you should laugh more.
- Sharing laughter with friends
- Spending more time with people who have fun
- Focusing on finding the funny moments in your day
- Tell a friend your funny story
Remember, the ability to laugh at yourself makes you attractive to others and can help relieve your stress.
Know what isn’t funny. Laughing at the expense of others isn’t funny. Be discerning about your humor by laughing with—not at—people.
Laughter reduces stress, boosts immunity, increases resilience and combats depression – all good reasons to have it on the list ‘new you’ ideas.
#6 Treat Yourself, Spiritually
There are many spiritual retreats to reinvigorate your soul.
You don’t always have to travel.
You can try practicing daily meditation or mindfulness. Especially in a fast-changing and busy world, meditation is being used by many to help keep them focused to achieve goals.
Jon Kabat-Zinn once said, “A lot of people think meditation doesn’t amount to anything as if you’re idle.” (Check out the funny sayings about meditation here). But, it’s not true. It’s about being in the flow and that being in Alpha State, which is the level of deep relaxation you can get when being intuitive with landscape photography for example.
Get a Tool To Help
Trello is a tool you can use to plan diverse interests. It is a useful online organizer, calendar, and assists team collaboration. I use it often. It’s flexible and easy to use.
Zack Arnold, TV Editor and productivity speaker, created an entire Lynda.com course on using Trello.
He uses Trello to achieve his successes and deal with feeling overwhelmed.
Zac had suffered burnout — so severe that he admitted being brought to tears with having to take out the rubbish.
I was completely burned out and depressed. At one point, the mere thought of having to take the trash out brought me to tears. I decided I was going to stop treating myself like a Ford Pinto and start treating myself like a Ferrari. – Zack Arnold
What I like about Trello:
- My schedule and relevant info are readily available on my laptop, phone, or tablet, wherever I am.
- I can add photos, notes, snippets from browsing,
- I can add file attachments
- It’s my one place for storing everything for access later.
- Convenience! as Trello syncs across all my devices.
- And, it’s free (for what you need on a personal level)
Don’t forget – all the most successful people use schedules or planners to keep themselves on track. They also include time to reflect and refocus and to reward themselves. The ideal time for doing this is any time.
What’s on Your List for the ‘New You’?
I hope this has inspired you in some way.
- Dictionary Definition of rut at https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/rut