It is super easy and normal to get stuck in daily routines. Especially if you are dealing with the same rut every single day. However, there are ways to get unstuck and feel alive. I this article I’ve shared 6 of them.
To most of us living in a 9-5 cycle is almost melting our brains. Between commuting, work stress, and many different responsibilities we find it pretty hard to keep our passion for life, maintain doing our hobbies, remain passionate towards our jobs, and stay productive.
Often we end up feeling jaded and live our lives in a bubble where we breathe, eat, sleep, work and repeat. We grow to forget that life does have other dimensions, and if we manage to achieve the right balance we still can live life to the fullest.
6 Ways To Get Out Of A Rut
However, in order to do this, it is vital to create some space in your mind so you can get out of the rut. Thus, you can have the energy to do and think about other things. This is why I provide you with these 6 steps that will help you to ease your daily life grind and give you more energy.
Now please note that these steps are not magical keys to transform your life. However, by following them you will be able to achieve the mind-body balance that is pivotal to become more refreshed and avoid the trap of a molded life.
- Stop Seeking Perfection At Work
- Take Regular Breaks
- Look For Other Jobs
- Organize Different Aspects Of Your Life
- Get More Sleep
1-Stop Seeking Perfection At Work
Seeking perfection at work can cause a lot of tension because you may not be able to live up to the high standards you placed on yourself and which might be -most of the time- unnecessary.
Keep it simple, do your task and accept your mistakes, look at them as a space for improvements. In other words, instead of consuming a lot of time for one task to make it perfect, simply do your best and move forward. This approach will help you to get out of a rut. Because if you stuck with the same task continuously, you will be overwhelmed at the end of the day.
2-Take Regular Breaks
Most of us use the 5 minutes break to socialize. While this surely has its benefits, still it is also preferable to change patterns every now and then. When you are extra stressed from a specific task you can ease yourself with something different.
For example; instead of socializing and talking more about work, or instead of scrolling through Instagram, you can try to find a calm spot and just sit peacefully. Watching something funny could be another option to get out of a rut.
For instance, personally, I love this one so much. Whenever I get stressed from daily grinds, I am trying to watch the top ten funny scenes of FRIENDS for 5 minutes.
I suggest you do the same (what you are going to watch can change tho). This will make you laugh, drift totally away from the work atmosphere and gain some positivity. Many studies have shown that both taking a breath break and laughing have an instant effect on our moods.
3-Look For Other Jobs
Most of the time we fell stuck in the same cycle because we are in a place we don’t like. And even though we know this, it is easier for us to stick with what is known.
If this is how you feel, then why don’t you take a lookout from the window and check different lives at different places? Don’t limit yourself. There must be a workplace that will make you more fulfilled. You just need to do some hard work and get out of your comfort zone.
When you see different lives and opportunities you feel more energetic and motivated to make change and move yourself to a better place. Expand your horizon. And trust me, once you know there are better opportunities you will find a way to get out of that rut.
4-Organize Different Aspects Of Your Life
It might seem ironic to tell you to do all the laundry and the ironing on the weekend, or do the grocery shopping for the meals you will cook during the week. Because this approach is totally opposite the getting out of the rut approach. But trust me this will affect your day to day life.
When you are stressed after a long day, you don’t want to get back home to see all that mess. The ingredients for cooking are not all ready in your kitchen. Wake up in the morning and not find that white shirt you were planning to wear. Plus, you have to iron it when you are running out of time.
These little details can suck more of our energy without us feeling it. Try to make your life easier by having certain routines. The more you organize your things and needs, the more you save stress and energy.
5-Get More Sleep
How many of you think “I had enough today and this is the only pleasure I am having”? If your answer is yes, don’t blame yourself. You are not the only one.
Many think that rewarding themselves by watching a few episodes on Netflix at night instead of sleeping is totally natural after a long, stressful, and full of daily grinds day.
Unfortunately, eliminating sleep, or not getting enough sleep is the main factor that causes you more stress the next day, lower your productivity and it is definitely an energy thief.
I won’t tell you to not check your phone before sleeping, or turn off all the screens and dim any bright lights. Although scientifically these are the right practices and other than this just lead to poor quality sleep.
However, we need to keep it simple so we can apply it in our daily system. What you can do is block the news, before you sleep try to not engage with any heavy news or discussions. Trust me you won’t solve the earth dilemma late at night when you are exhausted.
Try to enjoy something light, maybe a book, maybe some art blogs, maybe an episode of your favorite series -but nothing stressing-. And make sure to have at least between 6-8 hours of sleep.
Exercise is a free stress reliever. I know it is not free, you have to put effort and time, but isn’t it simply better than medications?
Lack of exercise can affect both your mental and physical health. When your body is in pain you can’t demand it to be highly productive or to function well. Exercise won’t only improve your overall health but also increases your well-being, improves the blood flow along with your body’s ability to use oxygen which means your brain will process information and function better.
Here, check out two articles that will help you to work out at home:
On a side note, you don’t have to go to the gym or exercise for hours, if you manage to do 10-15 minutes per day, it will do the work. One more! If you don’t want to go to the gym, you can do some practice at home.
These small practices are the key to combat modern stress and get out of a rut. The key is to manage and organize your life in a way that helps you eliminate any unnecessary depression or crisis. With this, you get to understand your needs and aims more and thus work for the better.
If you have any other suggestions to overcome procrastination, just share with us your experiences to support others in this adventure! And don’t forget to share your comments about this article below!