If you have settled into a rut, you have been doing the same damn thing for a way too long. I get it. I liked to stay inside and avoid any pain or discomfort that awaits outside the protective bubble of my comfort zone. Our comfort zone may feel safe and familiar, but it gets boring and monotonous. When we stay there too long, we fall into a rut of the same thing day after day. Not to mention all the incredible possibilities we are missing out on that life has in store for us. Below are 10 ways that I break out of a rut when I catch myself sliding into one:
Accept What You Are Feeling
The first step is to accept what we are feeling without judgment or criticism. Question your feelings and think through what is happening in your life. Reassure yourself that it’s okay not to be okay. When you accept what you feel, you’re less likely to get stuck in a rut.
Do Something Small
Sometimes when we’re in a rut, we’re just using it as an avoidance tactic. Large projects can seem scary. Break them down into five-minute increments if you have to. Just start. Procrastination feeds the negative cycle. Doing small tasks will keep you moving forward.
We are often hiding out in our comfort zones because we just experienced a failure. We are not our failures. Although a goal didn’t get accomplished with this particular effort, a lesson was learned. Lifehack states that patience allows you to be confident in your ability to achieve.
One good day won’t build your empire and one bad day won’t make it crumble. Everything you do has an effect. From the food, you eat to the books you read. Everything counts. Aim for a life of balance but remember that no one is perfect.
Don’t Dwell On Your Mistakes
Read my blog and dwell on mine, I’m here for you. Just kidding, but seriously, I’ve made enough. We all have, we’re human. I am my own worst critic and I never, I repeat, never, feel good enough, at anything. After every mistake (and there are 40ish years worth) I want to retreat into my house and never leave. Instead, I accept it. You should do the same. Mistakes happen to the best of us. Dwelling on failures and blaming ourselves is a waste of precious time and energy. Learn from it. Grow from it. Keep moving forward.
Talk To Other People
When we stay in our comfort zone too long and slide into a rut, we begin losing our sense of community. According to this article, being part of a community helps us feel connected, supported and it also gives us a sense of belonging. Surround yourself with positive people who encourage you, check on you, and feed you with positive energy and motivation.
Introduce Something New
Boredom leads to apathy. When we have no interest in anything, it’s the perfect time to try something completely different. Variety sparks your emotions in a new and exciting way. Try, buy, or do something new. You never know what the result will be if you don’t put yourself out there.
Develop A Routine
A consistent routine builds a healthy foundation for a fulfilling life. I write in my daily pages every morning and every night. My daily pages help keep me centered, and it empties my brain from everything that’s churning around up there. While our lives may be chaotic and inconsistent on a day to day basis, if we can add in a few routine tasks, we can calm a small portion of our day.
Recognize Your Accomplishments
NO ACCOMPLISHMENT IS TOO SMALL! Some days we achieve great things. We finish big projects at work, we buy a new house, or we get a raise. Some days the only thing we manage to do is brush our teeth. NO ACCOMPLISHMENT IS TOO SMALL! Recognize your minty fresh breath and pat yourself on the back.
Ask, “How Can I Make This Fun?”
Have fun is my life motto. If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing. Can you invite friends? Involve your family? Listen to music or a podcast? Set a goal to finish the task better or faster than you did last time? Challenge yourself to skip the latte, lose two pounds and pay someone else to do it for you? Barter with a friend and trade household chores?
What do you guys do when you feel like you’re in a rut? Tell me all your tips in the comments.