How to Get Out of a Rut

September 29, 2016

We’ve all been there. Something goes wrong, and no matter how big of a deal it is, it ends up wrecking your mood and getting you down for a day (or more). Since I always stress out about things more than I should, if something goes wrong, I tend to ruminate about it until it ultimately puts me in a rut. I’ve had quite a few of these bad days in the past month, and let me tell you, it’s not fun. Sometimes it’s just so hard to get back into the swing of things and get back to normal that you feel like you’re just going to be stuck in a state of blah forever. I know that I get like this occasionally, and that the sadness will pass, but it doesn’t make it any easier when I’m already in a funk.

It’s all too easy to just mope around in a gloomy state and throw myself a pity party of sadness. This is how I tend to deal with bad days, and it sucks for everyone around me who has to deal with it. I’m not saying it’s not okay to let yourself wallow a bit (it’s totally necessary sometimes), but there’s no need to let anything bring you down for too long. You know why? Most things just aren’t worth it. 

 Here are some of my favorite ways to get out of a rut:

1. Take a shower.

Honestly, I think a lot of things can be solved by taking a shower. It’s a calming time you can use for self reflection without any distractions. Anytime I’m feeling sad, I usually feel a bit more at ease after I’ve taken a shower (and being clean always helps). I especially love using calming eucalyptus/lavender shower gels to help get my mind in a better place.

2. Give yourself a designated amount of time.

It’s definitely okay to feel sad and to be buried deep in your rut. Sometimes, that’s just what you need to do. However, I like to give myself a set amount of time to wallow and be sad so that I don’t let it affect me for too long. Once you’ve given yourself that specific amount of time, you know you have to pull yourself up and get back in the real world.

3. Light a candle and drink a hot cup of tea.

The simple act of lighting my favorite candle and pouring myself a cup of tea is one of the most mentally relaxing things in the world for me. I know tea isn’t literally going to solve my problems, but sipping on tea in my happy place gets me in a better frame of mind to make my way out of my rut.

4. Do your favorite activity.

Whether it’s going for a bike ride, shopping, or cooking, do whatever it is that makes you the happiest. This will hopefully put your mind off of things and give you some positive thoughts to get you back on track.

5. Read (an actual book).

Reading is a great way to let your mind escape your current situation. I love reading when I’m feeling down, because it gets me out of my head, off of social media, and into a whole other world.

6. Exercise.

Usually exercising is the last thing I feel like doing when I’m in a rut, but it’s probably one of the most important things to do. I’ve never not felt better after working out. If you’re stressed and sad, it’s a great way to take out those emotions. Plus, endorphins always help!

How do you guys get out of a rut?



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