Rid Your Life of the Rut: Quick Tips to Refresh When You’re Stuck

Rid Your Life of the Rut: Quick Tips to Refresh When You’re Stuck

If you’re feeling less than your best, check out these tips to get you back on your game.

By: Roo Ciambriello

The daily grind can take a lot out of us, and maybe you’ve found yourself stuck. If you feel like you’ve mentally plateaued or just generally sluggish, you may be ensnared in a rut. It’s easy to get caught in a rut — easier than to get caught in than get out of sometimes.

If you end up in a rut, we’ve got some tips for you to shake it off and start making progress again.

Stop and Think About It
Carve out a couple of hours to really think about why you’re in a rut. Do you work too much? Have you been tired? Are you overextended? Write them down and take a good look at what’s making you feel less than your best.

Evaluate and Write Down a Plan of Action
Maybe you’re having a hard time at work. Maybe you’re waking up and you already feel exhausted. Maybe you’re spread so thin that it’s giving you unneeded stress. Whatever it is, find some remedies and write those down. For example:

  • “I will talk to my boss about the issue I’m having at work.”
  • “I will freshen up my résumé and look for new opportunities.”
  • “I will not run for PTA president.”
  • “I will start going to bed at 10 p.m. every night.”
  • “I will call a babysitter to come every Thursday afternoon so I can run errands by myself.”

Take a Moment to be Thankful
Maybe things are a little rough right now, but count the wins in your life.


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  • “I’m thankful that my family is healthy.”
  • “I’m thankful that I live five minutes away from work so my commute is short.”
  • “I’m thankful for programmable coffee makers.”

All of our lists will probably look a little different, but realizing what you’re thankful for is a great way to change your perspective. Stick your list up on your fridge if you need a reminder, and encourage your family members to add to it. It’s fun to see what others come up with.

  • “I’m thankful for clean underwear.”
  • “I’m thankful for my iPod.”
  • “I’m thankful for the local Mexican restaurant that delivers.”

Take Some Time for You
A hot shower, a Saturday spent watching movies and eating your favorite takeout, a 30-minute massage at a spa, a long nap or a decadent dessert — whatever relaxes you or refreshes you. Sometimes being stuck simply stems from not having enough time to take care of yourself. Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror reminding yourself to take a multivitamin and head outside for a walk at lunchtime.

Invest in Your Health
Sometimes a hazy outlook is simply a result of not taking care of ourselves. We all need good sleep, good food and some exercise here and there. Do what you can to make those priorities in your life. This can look different for everyone.

If you can’t make it to the gym three times a week, can you buy an exercise bike and take a quick ride at the start of your day? If you can’t whip up healthy meals every night, can you stash a “healthy enough” frozen meal in your freezer or pick up some steamed vegetables from a local restaurant? Can you set an alarm on your phone to remind you when it’s time to get ready for bed? It might take a little while to get used to making yourself a priority, but you’ll notice a change in the way you feel.

Roo is a freelance writer, creator of the humor blog Nice Girl Notes and lover of DIY crafting and style. She has worked on social media campaigns for brands ranging from Lego to Disney Baby.

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