Feeling like a hamster on a wheel? With life’s antics constantly being thrown at you? When you’re all caught up in this thing we call life, it can be easy to feel like the world is against you. Uni could be building up, work is demanding too much, and your stress levels could be through the roof. You might start to feel worked up and it’s easy to get caught in a rut when things simply aren’t working out for you.
I get it, I’ve definitely been there before. So, we’ve combined brains with the legends at headspace to bring you some tips on how to get out of a rut when you feel like you’re plain bogged down.
#1 Take Some Time Off
I mean some real time off. Don’t call in sick to go out drinking with friends, or to that bad-idea house party. Take some time to really switch off and relax from the highly-strung antics, even if it means using a sick day (for it’s actual reason). Spend time with your family and try to relax as much as you can to escape from the grind for a little while. Maybe even take a sneaky visit to the beach. Taking this well-deserved break means that when you get back into it, you’ll feel refreshed and well rested.
#2 Prioritise What’s Important
Spend some time to figure out where your heart is at the moment (lame I know). Are you aiming for a new job? Wanting to meet a new partner? Want to spend more time with your family? Or even wanting to get super fit? Whatever it might be, prioritise what YOU find most important, even if that means cutting out some of the less-important life activities. You can’t say yes to everything.
#3 Consider Making Some Changes
I’m not saying shave your head and do a Britney Spears circa 2007 here, but making some changes can help you to get out of the constant spinning wheel. Changes as simple as waking up earlier to go to the gym or walk the dog can help you to clear your mind for the day ahead. Start with small little changes, and work your way up – you don’t have to rush anything.
#4 Set Some God Damn Goals
If you haven’t got a single goal, you’re lying. Set some career goals, finance goals, general life goals, whatever! You don’t have to walk on the moon but setting some general goals such as getting out and about three times in a week can help you to feel motivated to work towards something. Start with simple, achievable tasks and work your way up (it’s best not to be too ambitious when you’re starting).
#5 Now Chase That Dream
There’s honestly no point in setting goals if you don’t chase them. Make plans and steps towards achieving those goals. If your goal for the next few months is a career change, make plans to apply for jobs, network and chat to mentors. If you’re waiting for that silver platter to be served up, failure is coming straight at ‘ya. You get the gist here.
So, there you have it, five tips on getting out of a rut from someone who’s definitely been stuck in a few. While it can be frustrating to be caught up in the whirlwind, know that there are always ways out.
When absolutely nothing is going your way, it’s easy to sometimes throw the toys out of the cot. So if you’re feeling a bit down, check out tips on how to create a healthy headspace and start working your way back to your best self! We believe in you, legend.