Are you stuck in a rut and can’t get up? If you’re following the same mundane routine every day and no longer feel that thrill that comes with living life to its fullest, then you’ve probably unknowingly slipped in to some for of a rut.
But don’t worry. Believe it or not, it happens to the best of us! At some point we just need to pick ourselves back up and make a change for the better, that’s why we’ve come up with some simple steps to help you pull yourself up and out of that nasty rut.
Stop stressing over what could have been
Chances are you sit at work everyday thinking about that dream job you missed out on, or that cute guy at the bar last night you were to shy to talk to. Life is full of what ifs? As fantastic as it would for us to live out our what could have been moments, we can’t. We need to step up and leave the past behind us. So you never got the promotion you wanted, so what? What’s your next step? Or plan B so to speak. Instead of dwelling over what could have been start thinking about what you’re going to do to change it. It could be as big as quitting your job, or as little as putting yourself out there with the next cute guy that buys you a drink.
Find what makes your life meaningful
We all say we hate our lives at some stage, but amongst all the hate and angst we carry around, there’s always some love and passion. Whether its people that make you happy and bring out the best in you, or a hobby or activity that you utterly enjoy, these are things you need to hold onto. Chuck your negative feelings out with the trash and focus your life around what you love. If you have one of those friends that are always bringing you down, you don’t need them! Give them the boot. Life’s about doing what we want, not wasting it on crap we don’t want or need.
Think about the big and the small
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference and sometimes it’s the bigger stuff, you need to consider them both. Maybe you need a weekend away to gain some perspective, or maybe you need a trip overseas to achieve this. Everyone’s different and you need to take the time to find what’s right for you.
Step outside of your comfort zone and make a change
Yes, snuggling up on the couch with a good movie and block of chocolate does sound fantastic! But it’s not going to get you the changes you want in your life. Sometimes it’s the scary stuff that gives the best results. If you’ve let your social life slip, instead of the couch hit the town with some friends, or if clubbing’s not your thing go out for dinner or catch a movie. Try to switch things up a bit. As we said before, you don’t have to make massive changes, just work on making some small changes, especially if they’re the sorts of things you wouldn’t usually do.
Don’t expect your life to change over night
We all wish we could live in the world of movies, where after a brief montage of life changing events we have our lives exactly where we want them, but unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. Your little steps will start leading to bigger steps and eventually, with time, you will find yourself where you want to be. The most important thing to remember is to stick with it! The time it took will be worth it when you say goodbye to that stinking rut for good!
April is a Melbourne-based writer who loves all things health and fitness. When she's not writing, she can usually be found at the gym or glued to Netflix.