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Help! I’m in a Rut and can’t get out!

April 21, 2015

stuck in a rutDo you ever feel that you are experiencing ‘Ground Hog Day’?  You may have seen the movie with Bill Murray where he wakes up at the same time, on the same day every day.  This feeling of being in a routine or ‘rut’ can have a negative affect on your mind and body.

How often have you heard someone say “I’m in a rut and don’t know how to get out of it”.  In other words, life has become boring.

We are surrounded by positivity and motivational quotes on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.  I love them and post these types of quotes to my Sizzling Towards 60 facebook page.  However, sometimes it is just not that easy to always feel ‘upbeat and rearing to go’.

Getting out of a ‘rut’ can be difficult.  You don’t just snap your fingers and suddenly feel revitalized and on top of the world.  Sometimes the feelings can go deeper and can even lead to a depressed mental state and feelings of lethargy where you just don’t have the inclination to do anything.

make the changeIf you are feeling in a rut or even feeling depressed, here are some ideas to help lift you up and back to enjoying a happy and fulfilled life.

1.  Acknowledgement

Acknowledge how you are feeling.  Are you just having a dull patch or are you feeling depressed or hopeless?  The level of your feelings will indicate if you can fix it yourself or if you need help.  Of course, sometimes we don’t want to acknowledge how we are really feeling so you need to be totally honest with yourself.

2. Get Plenty of Sleep

If you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep you don’t have the energy or inclination to do anything.  As someone who has difficulty sleeping, I find that I am a totally different person with a much better attitude after a good night sleep.

3. Medical Check up

Schedule a checkup with your doctor to make sure that you aren’t deficient in vitamins or minerals or suffering from something undiagnosed.  If you are feeling depressed, that is a different matter and you should talk to your doctor about what help is available.

4.  Diet & Exercise

We know that a healthy diet and exercise programme helps not only our bodies but also our minds.  We feel more energetic and more motivated to try new things if we are eating well and looking after our health.  If you aren’t exercising read my 6 Steps to Starting an Exercise Program Today to get you on your way.

5. Plan a social meeting

Increase your social activity if life is becoming boring.  Just meeting a friend for coffee and a chat or going to the movies can do wonders.

If you are a couple, plan a date night to bring back some of the romance to your life.  Surprise each other!

6. Try something new

Ever wanted to try a new hobby, learn a language or take up a new sport?  Join a local club where you can socialize and try something new.  These will all help to break up your routine and make life a little more interesting.

7. Plan a mini escape

Plan a weekend or a few days away from home.  I love going to the beach and find that within 10 minutes of arriving and unpacking I feel refreshed and alive.  My husband and I try to sneak away for weekends every few months.  It does wonders for your relationship!

8. Find your inner child

Have fun!  Try to remember what you did when you were younger that was fun and exciting.  Try to recapture that feeling and bring out your inner child.  If you have grandchildren, take a moment to observe what they do to have fun – sometimes it is the simplest things.

Finally Relax!  You aren’t the only one that has fallen into a dull routine.  It happens to all of us. The difference is that some of us do something about it!

What will you do today to make some changes to your life?



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  • Reply My Life As A Mummy April 23, 2015 at 04:37

    I think it is only natural to feel stuck in a rut sometimes and also a good thing. It shows you have ambition and want more in your life, therefore spurring you on to get what you want.

    Thank you for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop

    Laura x x x

    • Reply sue April 23, 2015 at 08:13

      Thanks for your comments Laura. You are right everyone feels that way sometimes, however, it is up to you whether you stay in that rut or try to get out. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak May 4, 2015 at 11:14

    Great list Sue! All good changes that I will be making. Thanks for sharing at #AnythingGoes.

    • Reply sue May 5, 2015 at 20:32

      Thanks for the Comment Marilyn. Glad to be of help 🙂

  • Reply Wendy May 6, 2015 at 12:17

    Great list, Sue! I am pretty good at the last 4, but not so much the first 4 (especially that whole diet and exercise thing…but that is more a topic for an entire post, not a comment! :)). Nothing makes me feel better more quickly than trying something new, even if I fail utterly doing it! Thanks for this list and the reminder that we don’t have to stay in that rut!

    • Reply sue May 6, 2015 at 16:59

      Hi Wendy! What a lovely positive comment. Yes I like trying something new – this blog was a new project for me and my facebook page. As long as we try it doesn’t really matter does it! Keep Sizzling!

  • Reply Stephanie Volkert May 6, 2015 at 15:12

    A vitamin B12 deficiency can impact how you feel. If your levels are low enough, you can even experience symptoms that mimic dementia. I always urge anyone feeling “off” especially if they feel tired, unable to focus, weak, have a change in bowel habits, have acid reflux or stomach pain, or feel confused, to get blood drawn to check for macrocytic anemia.

    My levels were so low back in 2010 that I was having neurological symptoms. I’ve been taking B12 shots every month since then. I will never be able to stop taking them, but at least now I know this. So I definitely agree that if you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and you’re not sure why, you just feel “off” or “slow” and especially if feeling depressed, to get a physical with blood work.

    • Reply sue May 6, 2015 at 17:01

      Oh thanks Stephanie! I forgot about Vitamin B12. I’ve known people who need to have one now and then. Thanks for the comment. Hope you are Sizzling now!

  • Reply Life with Six Kids May 6, 2015 at 21:50

    I like the idea of doing something new. I have always wanted to learn to crochet so think this may be just the thing 🙂

    • Reply sue May 7, 2015 at 10:20

      Oh yes crochet can be quite relaxing and also productive. You should go for it and share a pic. Thank you for commenting.

  • Reply Sinziana May 15, 2015 at 16:22

    Great post…these ideas are so useful. Hehe…from your list I prefer sleeping LOL…also, recently I started running 2 or 3 times on week in the morning with a friend…is good even if I still feel a bit tired :). Have a gorgeous week-end and keep up with this good website!

    • Reply sue May 16, 2015 at 06:59

      Well done with the running! I’m glad you like the website so stay tuned for more. Have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues May 15, 2015 at 16:52

    This is indeed the ultimate list to get people in the right mood again. Thanks for sharing it Sue! #FridayBlogBooster

    • Reply sue May 16, 2015 at 06:59

      thanks for your continuing support Debbie. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Mary May 15, 2015 at 22:17

    Excellent tips. Sometimes you just have to force yourself to do something… Which in turn can start generating the upward change.

    • Reply sue May 16, 2015 at 07:01

      Hi Mary, thanks for commenting and I’m glad some of the tips are useful. Have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Hope N. Griffin May 16, 2015 at 07:35

    Great list! Excited you joined us at #JoyHopeLive.

  • Reply Evija May 20, 2015 at 18:40

    Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party and sharing this post. I think all of us sometimes feel like this.. great list you have compiled! thank you x

    • Reply sue May 20, 2015 at 20:39

      Thanks Evija!

  • Reply theartinpartyplanning May 21, 2015 at 05:36

    I was in a rut and did #6 Try Something New. I started a blog and have this new energy and excitement toward everything!

    • Reply sue May 21, 2015 at 11:24

      Yes that’s what I did although I think it has taken over LOL:)

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