10 effective ways to get out of a rut
“Control your own destiny or someone else will” — Jack Welch
There’s nothing worse that being stuck in a rut. It leads to feelings of despair, frustration, isolation and a feeling that life is going nowhere. Do not worry though, it’s easier than you think to get yourself out, here are some suggestions.
- Get active
Move, take up some form of exercise. Take the stairs in work instead of the lift, go for a 10 minute walk at lunchtime or get up early and go to the gym before work. Whatever it is that you can fit in with your lifestyle, if you’re very busy and the idea of heading to the gym for an hour causes more stress than pleasure then try something else. If you’re a parent you can combine activities with spending time you’re your children. A trip to the park or the bowling alley makes for a great day out and combines exercise with fun and play. Whatever it is. Make commitment to doing some form of exercise every day from now onwards.
- Make a plan.
Where do you want to be in a year’s time or even a months’ time? Look at all areas of your life, such as:
Family and Friends
Fun and recreation
Physical environment (where you work and where you live)
What would be the ideal for you? Take a few moments to write down what you want in all of these areas and put it up somewhere that you will see frequently throughout your day. Once you know what it is that you want it’s a lot easier than hoping that something will change but not knowing what that is.
- Calm your mind: meditate.
Every day spend a few minutes bringing yourself to the moment by taking deep, relaxing breaths, practising some mindfulness or listening to a guided meditation. Meditation is proving to be one of the most effective ways of dealing with stress, increasing happiness levels and all around improving your life. There is now a large body of scientific evidence to support this.
So get your earphones out, take some long deep breaths and get ready to breathe!
You tube has a wealth of free meditations, including some of mine. You can access them by clicking here.
- Congratulate yourself for your achievements.
No matter how big or small they are, even if it’s a “mistake” (there is no such thing as mistakes, only experiences that you can learn from). This could be a simple pat on the back, a simple “well done” or perhaps buying yourself a treat.
We often berate ourselves for what we don’t achieve, wouldn’t it be nice to say something positive to yourself when you accomplish something!
- Break out of the norm.
Change your patterns. If you normally do things in a certain way, try shaking things up and doing things differently. Monotony can lead to boredom and frustration. So change things around, it may feel a little strange in the beginning but it will feel good to embrace new routines into your life.
Or perhaps try a different type of course. Get out of your comfort zone.
- Clutter clear.
Get clearing. If you’ve clutter in your physical environment then you’ve clutter in your head. Start off small, a drawer here, a cupboard there, soon you’ll have a whole room done and you’ll notice the difference mentally and emotionally. You’ll have space then for new experiences, movement and fresh energy.
Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and sugar intake. If you normally put 2 teaspoons of sugar in your coffee then try reducing this to 1 spoon in say 4 cups of coffee a day then that’s 2 spoons less a day and 14 spoons less a week, 56 spoons a month, that’s nearly a bag full of sugar that’s not going into your body! If your body is stressed, as it is with excess sugar, then your mind will be too and your energy will suffer or your blood sugar will go haywire and you’ll be up and down all day! Cut down on sugar and coffee, try some herbal teas instead.
- Take care of your appearance.
How you present yourself to the world reflects how you feel about yourself. When we feel good we look good and vice versa. Take the time to choose what you’re going to wear in the morning, what picture are you going to present to the world that day. Walk tall and confidently even if you don’t feel confident. There’s a saying that I heard recently “when you look down you feel down, look up and you feel up!”
- Take action.
No matter how small, do something. This is the most important thing to do to get yourself out of a rut. Even if its baby steps towards your goal at least you’re moving in the right direction. If you’re not sure what your goals are or you want help with how to chunk them own into manageable steps, then engage the help of a Life Coach.
- Follow these simple steps.
Print out these tips and commit to doing at least one of them every day. Soon things will flow again.
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