Do you ever feel that you are experiencing ‘Ground Hog Day’? You may have seen the movie with Bill Murray where he wakes up at the same time, on the same day every day. This feeling of being in a routine or ‘rut’ can have a negative affect on your mind and body.
How often have you heard someone say “I’m in a rut and don’t know how to get out of it”. In other words, life has become boring.
We are surrounded by positivity and motivational quotes on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. I love them and post these types of quotes to my Sizzling Towards 60 facebook page. However, sometimes it is just not that easy to always feel ‘upbeat and rearing to go’.
Getting out of a ‘rut’ can be difficult. You don’t just snap your fingers and suddenly feel revitalized and on top of the world. Sometimes the feelings can go deeper and can even lead to a depressed mental state and feelings of lethargy where you just don’t have the inclination to do anything.
Acknowledge how you are feeling. Are you just having a dull patch or are you feeling depressed or hopeless? The level of your feelings will indicate if you can fix it yourself or if you need help. Of course, sometimes we don’t want to acknowledge how we are really feeling so you need to be totally honest with yourself.
2. Get Plenty of Sleep
If you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep you don’t have the energy or inclination to do anything. As someone who has difficulty sleeping, I find that I am a totally different person with a much better attitude after a good night sleep.
3. Medical Check up
Schedule a checkup with your doctor to make sure that you aren’t deficient in vitamins or minerals or suffering from something undiagnosed. If you are feeling depressed, that is a different matter and you should talk to your doctor about what help is available.
4. Diet & Exercise
We know that a healthy diet and exercise programme helps not only our bodies but also our minds. We feel more energetic and more motivated to try new things if we are eating well and looking after our health. If you aren’t exercising read my 6 Steps to Starting an Exercise Program Today to get you on your way.
5. Plan a social meeting
Increase your social activity if life is becoming boring. Just meeting a friend for coffee and a chat or going to the movies can do wonders.
If you are a couple, plan a date night to bring back some of the romance to your life. Surprise each other!
6. Try something new
Ever wanted to try a new hobby, learn a language or take up a new sport? Join a local club where you can socialize and try something new. These will all help to break up your routine and make life a little more interesting.
7. Plan a mini escape
Plan a weekend or a few days away from home. I love going to the beach and find that within 10 minutes of arriving and unpacking I feel refreshed and alive. My husband and I try to sneak away for weekends every few months. It does wonders for your relationship!
8. Find your inner child
Have fun! Try to remember what you did when you were younger that was fun and exciting. Try to recapture that feeling and bring out your inner child. If you have grandchildren, take a moment to observe what they do to have fun – sometimes it is the simplest things.
Finally Relax! You aren’t the only one that has fallen into a dull routine. It happens to all of us. The difference is that some of us do something about it!
What will you do today to make some changes to your life?
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