We go through highs and lows in our lives and getting stuck in the rut is inevitable, especially when you're pursuing the road less taken - the #notsobasiclife.
Rather than dwelling on it - the most important thing is to bounce back from it as soon as possible. Today, I will be sharing my top 7 tips on how to move forward when you feel stuck!
Don't worry - they aren't rocket science and I am very sure you can do them. ;)
7 Tips on How to Move Forward When You Feel Stuck In A Rut
1. Acknowledge that you're stuck in a rut
Self-awareness and acknowledgement is an important one. Start paying attention to signs that you may be in a rut. Are you feeling unmotivated? Do you feel like binge-watching Narcos on Netflix? Are you procrastinating because the thought of doing a task right now is making you sick? Acknowledge that and you are in your first step to getting out of it!
2. Go outside
It is true that nature is the best medicine! If you are lucky enough to be living in a city with plentiful of beaches and parks, go out, get some fresh air and get moving! Otherwise - take yourself out to your favourite cafe or restaurant. Cabin fever is a thing, y’all and it can be a contributing factor to being stuck in a rut!
3. Do something completely different
Literally, do something completely different. If you’re stuck in the business rut - rather than forcing through your tasks, do some colouring or whatever hobby you have instead. Speak to your business partner or someone like-minded - trust me, this works every single time! If it is a fitness rut that you are stuck in - go for a completely different workout. For e.g. if you have always been a lifting kinda girl, go to a yoga or reformer class instead. Or if you have always been into yoga, go lift some weights or try a Zumba session!
A great article by Michaela Alexis: It's Called a Life, not a Life Sentence! How to Move Forward When You Feel Stuck
4. Treat yourself
Whether it's a full body massage or manicure or treating yourself to that yoga pants you have been eyeing! Nothing beats the blues better than treating yo'self!
5. Sweat It Out
Hit the gym, go for a run, do some hills sprints or go for a yoga class. Do any activities that you enjoy - just to get the endorphins pumping. This is not a myth, exercise does make everything better!
Personally, I enjoy lifting some heavy weights to let off some steam. Kickboxing is another great option too.
6. Seek inspiration/ mindset change!
Listen to your favourite podcasts (I am currently digging Lewis Howes), speak to a coach or like-minded friends, read a good self-development book (Dan Norris’ Create or Hate is a good one - especially when hate is taking over!). Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration.
We have a tonne of mindset-related articles for you to check out too :)
7. Remember WHY you do what you do
As cliche as it is - remember your WHY, remember the driving force of why you do what you do. We are bound to face with obstacles every now and then, it’s the WHY and vision that keeps us going.
I hope you have gained some tips the next time you're stuck in a rut! Which one is your favourite? What do you do when you feel stuck?