This blog post is something that has been quite personal to me. Being in a rut is not great and being unhappy sucks. I do hope these practical tips could help somebody out there as they have worked for me. I do want to say that if you’re still feeling unhappy and especially if you’re feeling suicidal or having suicidal thoughts, please talk to someone a relative, friend, healthcare professional.
1) Accept that you’re in a rut
This can be probably the hardest. However, I believe it’s important to take a step back, reflect and accept what’s going on. You may have noticed your lack of motivation or developing bad habits. Or your mood may have changed, being more grumpy, moody or just sad. You can feel like you’re not good enough which stops being the best possible you. However, do not despair. You have to accept that you feel that way without pretending it’s not happening. Once you can truly accept that you’re not feeling 100% (which is absolutely normal and ok by the way), you can move on and get back to feeling like yourself again. Having that awareness of how you feel can really help you dig deep to figure out the deep-rooted problem. I know it’s scary to be vulnerable with yourself and feel negative feelings. But if you do this, you’ll be able to move on from it (I will explain this more in a later post).
2) Complete something on your to-do list
This could literally be anything on your to-do list such as taking the bins out, washing your makeup brushes, washing your bedding, cleaning, organising. It could be just making sure you make your bed in the morning. If you feel up to it, you could even do the bigger tasks. Something as small as getting out of bed a little earlier could even brighten your mood. Completing any small task can help you make you feel good and every task you do is progress which can help boost your motivation
3) Self-care day
This is essential in not just getting yourself out of a rut, but in everyday life. It’s crucial for your mental health to take time for yourself to reset. This day should include doing things that make you feel good and looking after yourself. On this day, it’s a great idea to engage in something you know you’re good/enjoy at even if you don’t feel like it. For example with me, on a good week, I enjoy going to the gym and exercising. If I’m not feeling all good in myself, I find it hard to motivate yourself to do this. However, every time I go to the gym when I know I don’t want to, I do feel better after the workout. Even if they workout isn’t too good, I feel better knowing I pushed myself to go and bettering myself through it.
Anyway, I hope these tips can help anybody out there. I’ve decided to try and do my blog in this style for a while and see how it goes. I am just getting back into the swing of things hence why there aren’t many tips. However, I hope with time I’ll be able to write more meaningful and longer posts. Thank you for everyone who is bearing with me. Thank you for the time you took to read this post!
Hope you have a lovely day!