Pulling Yourself Out of a Rut

A little over a year ago. a few friends of mine ran the LA Marathon and the following days, they walked as though they were hit by a truck. And although I’ve never run a marathon, or been hit by a truck, I know the feeling. Well maybe not the physical feeling, but the mental one.

Sometimes life gets overwhelming and our insides feel as though we’ve run a marathon. You know the feelings too: sluggishness, less will and/or desire to do things, and the desire to just veg out due to the constant exhaustion. I’m right there with you.

Maybe it’s something subconscious or maybe it’s the winter blues, but I’ve found myself in a rut. It’s been really tough to get myself out, mainly because I get really stressed and panicked about what I need to too. Which leads me to not doing anything. But I’ve been actively trying to pull myself out of this rut. These are a few of the things that have been really helpful in making great strides.

  1. Do something that you love to do

Obviously one of the things that I’ve started doing again is blogging. The structure that I put in place motivates me to write weekly and to keep being creative. I also started to bullet journal again. I started bullet journaling in 2017, but I thought I would use the Catholic Planner that I was gifted. Turns out I love the crafting aspect of the bullet journal that allows me to be more creative. And I definitely feel more on top of my tasks.

2. Spending time with Friends and Family

I’m sure that I’m not the only one to say that hanging out with people you love is helpful. Not only does this give you an opportunity to talk things out, but it also gives you a chance to get out of your day to day routine and distracts you.

3. Balance

With all things, there needs to be a balance of good and bad. So that might mean eating well,  exercising, yoga, journaling, and doing what feels right to you. Sometimes I need to spend time alone and others I want to go out with my friends. Right now I need a nap, so I have to let myself do that.

4. Practicing Self Love

One of the things that I’ve learned is to practice a lot of self love. Now this has surfaced as just validating that the things I do or do not decide to do. And not making myself feel bad for whatever happens. This is really hard and I usually have to have a conversation with myself. At the end of the day, I have to be okay with what happens. That takes a lot.

5 Have Something to Look Forward To

I recently started picking upside projects like sending letters to my friends (with a little gift), buying crafts for my bullet journal, taking classes offered by Brit + Co, and planning for the future of my blog. Creative tasks always get me in a great mood and finding new ways to be creative makes me really excited.

As of right now, things are getting better. There are still days where I don’t want to do anything and I have to push really hard to do things. But some days, that are becoming more frequent, I’m able to do things easily. So maybe the winter blues won’t be so long lived. If you’re going through a rut, remember that it’s okay to be unproductive and it’s okay to do everything all at once. Just take your time and you’ll get through this.

Self -will get you through,

-Joss

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