Are you feeling stuck in a rut? Like you’re just going through the motions, and everything seems dull and unexciting. You feel exhausted, unmotivated, and uninspired.
Unfortunately, this feeling can last for days, weeks, or even months, and can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health.
If this sounds familiar then you’re not alone. Recent research revealed that over half of Brits (61%) feel as though they’re ‘stuck in a rut’, with 59% recognising they’re in need of a change.
The top three things Brits would like to change in their lives include their fitness (42%), their social life (35%) and their house (32%).
It’s not uncommon to experience periods of stagnation in our lives, it’s what you do about it that matters. The good news is that there are so many small things you can do to help change your perspective and get back on track.
Here are some small ways to change your life when you feel stuck in a rut:
Set small and achievable goals
When you’re feeling stuck, setting yourself small and achievable goals can help you feel more motivated and move forward. Start by making a list of all the things you want to accomplish and break them down into smaller, achievable tasks. Focus on completing one task at a time and celebrate your progress along the way.
Goals could involve anything from saving enough money to buy something you’ve wanted for a while, taking a trip, getting fitter, or taking up a new hobby.
It can be daunting but sometimes getting out of a rut requires stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that scares you. Challenge yourself to try something new, whether it’s taking a dance or exercise class, taking a new route to work, signing up for a course, or applying for a new job.
Make time for self-care
Self-care is essential for your mental and emotional wellbeing. It’s important to take time to care for your body, mind, and soul each day. You don’t need to find extra hours in the day for self-care, it can be something as simple and quick as as reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or going for a walk.
Build a positive support system
Having a strong support system around you can make all the difference when you’re feeling stuck. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who encourage and uplift you, and hold you accountable to reach your goals. Maybe some of these friends or family members will even join you in your new exercise class or hobby for some extra support.
Declutter your life
Tidy house, tidy mind as they say! Clutter can additional cause stress and anxiety, and let’s face it we all have enough of that in our lives already. Spend some time to declutter your home, workspace, and digital life. Donate, throw away or sell anything that no longer serves you – think Marie Kondo. Simplify your life and focus on what truly matters.
Change your routine
Most of the time when we feel stuck in a rut it’s because we’re doing the same things day in and day out. A lot of this can’t be helped, such as going to work, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, and so on. However, adding a bit of variety to your day or changing up your routine can help you to feel that not every day is the same as the last.
Why not try getting up earlier to exercise in the morning rather than after work? Arrange a mid-week drink with a friend rather than waiting until the weekend. Go for a walk after dinner rather than heading straight to the sofa. Or even take your dinner to the park or beach for a picnic outside instead of sitting at home again.
Feeling stuck in a rut is a common feeling, but it doesn’t have to last forever. By setting small goals, challenging yourself, making time for self-care, building a positive support system, decluttering your life, and changing your routine you can create some new motivation to move forward. Taking small steps towards a happier and more fulfilling life can make all the difference.
Remember to seek help from a mental health professional if you’re struggling.