A good way to know if you’re in a rut, is if things start to blur. It’s not so much in a melancholy way. It’s less of a fog more of a soft haze. The day’s just seem the same.
Every day you could go to the same school or do the same job with the same people in the same place and it’s all just like you’re in this labyrinth of life, like you don’t have freedom or control you are just simply doing what it is you do, trying to make your way through. It can be quite discouraging when you wake up every morning knowing exactly where you’re going to be all day and what you’ll be doing. If you’re like me then this all sounds pretty awful, but it doesn’t have to be.
How to get out of a rut.
1. Start off small.
The worst thing you could do is completely panic and conclude your life is shit and a complete mess. When in actual fact it could just be boredom. Maybe your life is great, sure no ones is perfect but maybe you’re where you want to be but you just can’t see it clearly enough in this maze to realize it.
– Shake up your morning routine, change your breakfast, go for a walk or meditate.
– Take a different route to work or school
– Change your everyday makeup or hairstyle, sometimes when you’re in a rut not only does life feel the same but you do too, so try on a new outfit go crazy, have fun, experiment with looks, you’ll feel different, and better.
– Do a different exercise, maybe you like running why not go for a swim instead, or you usually go to the gym, how about you do the workout outside some days.
So start off small and focus on the little things in life, it could make a big difference.
2. Be spontaneous.
Being in a rut can make you feel quite stuck or trapped so it’s important to remind yourself that you have more control over your life then you think.
– Buy a concert ticket to see your favourite band
– Go on a mini road trip, explore somewhere new
– Hop on a train and see where it takes you
– Take the day off and spend it doing something fun
3. Finding a new hobby and learning.
Gaining knowledge helps you grow as a person and if you’re growing then you can’t be the same therefore you can’t be in a rut.
– Practice mindfulness, through meditation or yoga, being present can help you feel less like a robot just going through the motions of everyday life
– Take up writing or painting, anything creative is good
– Volunteering can give you something new to do as well as the feeling of purpose and achievement
– Learn to play an instrument or learn more about a topic you’re interested in.
It’s all really up to you.
4. Changing your job or life purpose.
So if you did all of that and you still feel trapped or bored then it might be time to rethink your life.
– Quit your job
– Move your job to a different department
– Change classes at school
– Hang out with new people
– Go to college or uni or drop out
– Start travelling
Depending where you are how old you are or what you’re doing it can be more difficult for some to change their life. But you have to realise that you are in control no one can tell you what to do or what lifestyle to lead, and if they do you are not obligated to listen to them.