It’s inevitable — we’re all going to get stuck in a rut at some point. Whether from disappointment or repetition, we all find ourselves in a place where life feels monotonous, boring, and like nothing hopeful is on the horizon. Even when we find ourselves in these sticky places, there are definitely ways to get ourselves out of them.
HERE ARE NINE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN A RUT:
1. CREATE SOMETHING
One of the best things you can do when you’re stuck in a rut is create something. It gets your brain going, and opens up ideas and possibilities you may not have thought of before. Write, draw, play music, go to a dance class; whatever gets you feeling creative and thoughtful.
Everyone knows that exercise creates endorphins, and endorphins make you feel happier. If you’re feeling down or stuck, one of the best ways to get a better mood and a greater outlook on life is to get moving. Go to a yoga class, for a run, or lift some weights. Do something active that you love, and enjoy both the endorphins and the results.
3. DECLUTTER AND REORGANIZE
It’s easy to feel stuck when you’re living in a cluttered and crowded space. Take some time to declutter and reorganize. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore, clean off your desk and simplify what’s on it, open some windows-whatever is going to make your space feel more relaxed, inviting, and conducive to getting things done, do that thing.
4. GO EXPLORE
Sometimes, you need a change of location to pull yourself out of a rut. Even if you can’t jet-set across the country for a week’s vacation, you can definitely still explore the area that surrounds you. Go to a coffee shop you don’t normally go to, find a state park in the area and hike, or be a tourist in your own city and hit all the little things visitors would check out. Whatever it is, whether it be nature or a new venue, get out, explore, and open your eyes to what’s out there in the world.
If you don’t learn, you don’t grow, and when we don’t grow, we end up in a rut. Therefore, one of the best ways to get yourself out of a rut is to learn and grow. Check out a class, whether it be a free online college course, a cooking class, or a local lecture circuit. You should also grab some books; we always underestimate how much knowledge they contain, and there’s nothing like picking up a hard copy book that contains new information to be consumed.
6. FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT
Sometimes, one of the best ways to get yourself out of a rut is to act like you’re not even in one. Dress up, be productive, do awesome things. Whatever makes you feel powerful, strong, productive, or creative, get to it, and fake it until you make it.
7. THROW A PITY PARTY
On the flip side, sometimes you just need to wallow for a little bit. As long as you control it and don’t let it last more than a day, throw yourself a pity party. Grab ice cream, binge watch Netflix on the couch-cry things out if you want to. Then, when you’re finished, get up, move on, and throw your efforts into changing your outlook and your life.
Or, you could throw and actual pity PARTY and have fun with people. Whatever floats your boat.
8. TALK IT OUT
I’m a talker; my friends and family know that if I’m having a rough time or feeling stuck, I have to talk to at least three different people about the thing I’m dwelling on. That may seem excessive, but I always feel better when I’m done. Grab a friend, a parent, whoever, and talk things out.
9. SWITCH UP YOUR LOOK
And finally, sometimes, when you feel stuck, you just need to make some major changes. One of the best ways to do so is to change up your look. Chop some hair off or style it differently, buy different makeup and experiment with new things, or ‘shop your closet’ and create outfits that are entirely different than what you usually wear. It’s amazing how switching up your look can help you get unstuck and going again in life.
What do you do to get yourself out of a rut? Let HYPELINE know in the comments!