Let’s face it. We’ve all been there, you know…that indescribable point of mundane boringness. That span of time in your existence where you feel as though life is living you rather than the other way around. You clock-in and clock-out, do (and say) the bare minimum just to remain employed. You feel uninspired and are so unimpressed by people in general. Simply put, you’re in a rut and you want out!
Here are five ways to help you recharge, refocus and revive your life!
- Get back to basics – who are you at your core? Identify things that are truly meaningful to you or hobbies that you love doing just because. What are some things that you would do even if you weren’t paid to do them? For me, I love to dance. So the last time I felt myself sliding into Rut-land, I signed up for a series of dance classes. Not only was it challenging, fun and inspiring, but I also had an opportunity to interact with some new people which was great. And personally I think music just makes everything better.
- Challenge yourself– do something you’ve never done. It doesn’t have to be anything major. It can be as simple as taking a new route without relying on GPS (scary) or complimenting a complete stranger or it can be something as intense as going sky-diving. Whether great or small, the point is, stepping outside of your comfort zone breaks up the monotony and adds some spice to your life.
- Nature – take a walk and explore a scenic area. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to take a trip to some exotic island then by all means, make the time and go for it! But if that’s not an option find a local lake, botanical garden, or observatory. Leave your cell phone in the car, and just get lost for a couple of hours. Clear your mind and appreciate the beauty and simplicity of nature.
- Cherish your friendships – Someone once said, “Friends are angels that lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” Sometimes when we’re in a rut a friend comes along with just the thing that we need to help us bounce back. Cultivate and cherish your friendships.
- Count your blessings– Develop and attitude of gratitude, remember the grass is greener where you water it. Each day identify one thing in your life that you’re grateful for. You may be in a rut for a season, but there’s hope in knowing that seasons change!
What are some things you do to break out of your rut?