5 Tips & Tricks for Getting Out of a Rut

Hey, guys! It’s been a while. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you!

Just a heads up, if you only want to read about the tips and tricks, please, feel free to scroll down a section. But if you’re in the mood for a little a story, then you can continue reading where you are.

Storytime 😄

While every blog post is personal, I would like to get a bit more personal in this one. I guess I say “more personal” because usually I only write about things that have happened and not things that I’m currently going through.

Writing about things that have happened allows me to shed light on situations that I think everyone has or is gone through and offer an uplifting perspective. While that can be done while going through any situation, for me, I find it a lot harder to find the positive or high points… but today is different. I want to talk about why I haven’t posted in the last week and a half.

My last post was about my trip to Bonners Ferry, Idaho with Goose Island, which followed Wellness Week, a full week of blogging. I was doing so well when it came to consistently posting, and that was a big deal for me because that’s what I’m striving for. Right now my goal is at least one blog a week, but by November, I want to create at least two… I digress.

As for why I haven’t been posting… If you can remember at the beginning of April, I wrote about my social media detox which resulted in a LONG hiatus from the blog. (If you’re curious or don’t know what I’m talking about you can read about it here.) Now, I didn’t take another social media detox, but I really felt like I needed one, or something similar.

For the past week and a half, I’ve felt quite uninspired. It’s not that I don’t know what to write, it’s that I literally could not, until now, bring myself to write about anything.

Every once in a while life will throw some crazy stuff at you. For me, that “once in a while” was last week. With that said, everything that transpired drained me. I had no energy to do anything, even the things I love doing like working out and blogging.

On top of the rubbish week I had, I have this bad habit of adding insult to injury. I am very slow to turn bad situations around, especially ones that are out of my control because before I begin to turn the corner, I am notorious for self-sabotaging.

I can’t be the only one. You know, when something goes wrong, so all of a sudden everything that goes wrong is a big problem too? For example, someone could look at me with a blank stare and all of a sudden, I’m convinced they can’t stand me. But in reality, they give me the same blank stare every day.

Or, I’ll continue to play the victim when other things do not go as planned. An example of this would be, I’m in the bathroom and realize that there is no toilet paper and all of a sudden that’s the next big issue. I’m like, “See, the world hates me. Why would it leave me in this compromised position?”

Just thinking about it, it’s quite funny and dramatic, but I guess that’s how things go on weeks when I feel like the whole world is beating me down.

Long story short, and without going into detail about what transpired last week, it really had me feeling down. But now I’m back and hopefully here to stay with more consistency.

As I continue to sort out the mess of the previous week, I thought I could at least share the tips and tricks I’m using to get out of this uninspired, energy sucking and exhausting rut that I’ve been in.

Tips & Tricks

1. Write It Down

As much as I would like to pretend this blog post is just for you guys, it’s for me as well. Writing out how I feel really helps me, and it can help you too. For me, I am most honest when I’m writing and am able to make sense of difficult situations. Writing can help you identify the major issues that are bothering you, and can give you the space to brainstorm for solutions.

2. Wallow

Now this already as I alluded to with my self-sabotaging tendencies, but the trick is to not let this last forever. For me, I told myself I had to post a blog today no matter what. Giving myself this deadline allowed me to wallow for some time, but then forced me to move on.

3. Clean

This might not work for everyone, but when I’m trying to declutter a messy part of your life, it always helps me to declutter my physical space. I feel like both go hand-in-hand and by having a clear space, you have the opportunity to think and problem solve more clearly as well.

4. Get Out

For those who know me, this may (or maybe not) come as a surprise, but I’m an introvert, and when things go wrong, it is so easy for me to cut myself off from people. I can go days without having any significant interactions, but that is the exact opposite of what I need. This time around, I took “getting out” to a whole new level, because I actually traveled to a new city (it was pre-planned and couldn’t come at a better time). The crazy part is, I almost canceled that trip, but I’m glad I didn’t because it got my mind off of my problems, allowed me to try new things, and left me feeling happier than before.

5. Address The Issue

If you didn’t already do this in step one, do it now. You’ve had time to think, write, wallow, recharge, and now it’s time to move on. Take the situation for what it is, figure out what you can control and then make the necessary changes. It sounds all too easy, and I know it’s easier said than done, but you owe it to yourself to move forward. Figure out what you can do to fix the problem and then stand firmly by whatever solution you choose. After all that, just let it go.

Now I know these tips were not Earth shattering, but this is what I’ve done so far, and it is working for me. If you’re going through a tough time, having a rubbish week, or anything in between, keep your head up. It happens to the best of us, but we always get through it. You got this!

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Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life!

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