Ever been stuck in a rut and feel like there is no way out? It happens to the best of us. I completely understand. I have been there myself for the last week or so when it comes to blogging and designing and pretty much everything else. I just felt like I had no creativity flowing and felt kind of blah. I am sure everyone who suffers from chronic illness or mental health-related issues has been in this position more than once. I know I have many times and this is likely not the last of it, but that’s okay, there are many methods you can use to help get yourself out of a rut. Here is 5 simple steps to help get yourself out of a rut.
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Oddly enough when searching for an image for this post I found one that outlines the exact steps I have taught myself to take over the last few years (inserted below). I sometimes find that if I am feeling depressed, anxious or experiencing a lot of pain or fatigue that is when I tend to get stuck in a rut. So read on if you’d like to learn the 5 steps.
Okay so maybe not the “paws” you’re thinking of when you look at this posts featured image, but yes, pause. Take a moment. Simple and easy as that. Don’t overwhelm yourself or overthink it.
If you are sitting at your computer, at your desk or where ever you are. Just relax and breathe. You can find some great yoga and meditations which can help ground me and clear my mind.
After pausing and breathing the next step is to ponder the situation. Consider the rut that you’re in. Determining what is causing it if you can, can help you deal with it. As I mentioned before, for me it’s usually underlying depression or anxiety or perhaps pain or fatigue. These last few days my fatigue has been so great that I struggle just to function throughout the day. This often causes a rut. Whether it be brain fog or just sheer exhaustion I often get stuck and can’t do the things I usually do. Trying to resolve the underlying issue often helps me a great deal. Sometimes that involves medication, rest or something else depending. I will often browse for ideas.
Choose what you need to do. It might not be the original thing you were doing, maybe there’s an alternative or something else you can tackle in the meantime? When I don’t feel much like blogging (or maybe it’s something else, schoolwork, housework, etc.) then I sometimes will try something else for a short while or even try something brand new to get those creative juices flowing.
And finally, do it! Go ahead and give it another try or do the alternative for a bit. Take action on something and get yourself out of the rut. Not doing what you were initially trying to do is not failure. Sometimes you have to look elsewhere to get out of that rut and try something else out.
Question: What are some steps you take to help get yourself out of a rut?