What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Rut

What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Rut

What to Do When You're Stuck in a Rut

With the realization in my last post that I’m pretty, well, boring, I’ve decided to figure out how to change all that. I would definitely consider myself stuck in a rut, for a lack of better words. I’ve found my comfort zone and even when I try to deviate, end up staying within it anyway. 

So how do you get yourself out of this rut? Join me in my journey.


Do Things You Normally Do, Slightly Different

There are always going to be things that you have to do, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, and eating. So if you change up the way you do these things, it takes your brain off of autopilot. 

Brush your teeth with your right hand? Switch to your left. Normally wash your hair last in the shower? Wash it first. Eat with a fork ion your left hand, change it to your right.

Doing these little things can get your brain going and throwing your autopilot off just enough that you have to concentrate. 

Related: 5 Tips to Get Your Mind Back on Track


Try Something New Everyday

These could be as small as trying a new sandwich for lunch, to trying out a new outfit or new makeup look, to attempting to combat some fear of yours. 

Personally, I prefer the smaller things on a work day, it’s not enough that it’s going to disrupt my work and my performance, but it’s enough that it throws me off my game. 

One thing I want to do once it gets warmer out is to wear dresses for a whole work week. I first need to find more dresses, since I don’t have enough to wear one per day, and it will help me experiment with various styles. It will also help me keep up with my skin care and makeup as I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting all dressed up and not dressing up my face as well.

Related: New Year, New You: How to Feel Better About Yourself


What to Do When You're Stuck in a Rut


What Would You Do if You Didn’t Have to Worry About Money?

I find this as a great question to figure out where you want to go in life. It’s broad enough to encompass anything, not just a career aspiration, or hobby, but specific enough to give you parameters to give you guidance. 

Money is usually the root of the problem for most goals or dreams people have. Want to travel? You need money for that. Want to start your own company? Need money. Want to live out of a van traveling across the country? You definitely need money for that.

You don’t have to focus on the most important thing you would do, but start thinking of various things that worrying about money would prevent you from doing. 

One thing I want to do is visit beaches more. It’s a place I can be outside without my allergies running crazy. I’ve lived in New England for eight years now and I still haven’t gone to any of the local beaches. But gas money is usually a problem, especially in the summer when my electric bill is through the roof from needing the AC on.

Related: How to Save Money Without Trying


Start Investing in Yourself

This may seem out of place, but when you start investing in yourself, you have a goal. It gives you something to focus on, and usually when you’re in a rut it’s because you don’t know what to do.

Start eating better, maybe try walking more or getting a gym membership, look into skin care if your skin is getting angry at you, look into self care if you haven’t done anything for yourself in a while. The choices are endless. 

Whatever it is you’re doing, make sure it’s beneficial to you or for you in some way. It doesn’t always have to be health related either, that just happens to be a go-to for me since my health is always going to be a concern. Take a class, go back to school, look into changing jobs, but make sure it’s good for you!

Related: 5 Stages of Underemployment


What have you done to get yourself out of a rut? 


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