Sometimes it’s hard to know how to get out of a rut. No matter who it is, we are all susceptible to getting stuck.
Can’t get out of bed.
Can’t get excited about work.
Can’t get excited about going out with friends.
It can happen to anybody, and I’m going to share a few simple ways that I get myself out of a rut and into the mindset of taking action and having fun doing it with lots of energy and enthusiasm.
Try Something New
If you are feeling like you are stuck in a particular mood or state of mind, what you probably need to do is change up your routine and try something new.
If you are feeling lethargic and you want more energy, it’s most likely because you sleep too much, eat too much, watch too much tv, and generally spend too much time sitting around, not moving and using the energy that you do have. It’s basic elementary school science. When you are not using your energy stores, your body is storing it up, like a bear does for hibernation during a long winter. I can’t think of anything lazier than a bear during hibernation.
Get up and move around. Do something different. Even if it’s running out to a restaurant to pick up your dinner instead of having it delivered. Take a small step in the right direction.
If you are feeling defeated, like everything you do ends up failing and you feel like you can’t do anything right, give yourself a win. You are probably either giving yourself tasks that are too difficult, or you hit a cold streak and the feeling of losing has bled into your mindset.
Start with something small. Give yourself a small goal to achieve no matter how stupid or insignificant it may seem. The point is to get yourself taking action and following through on your goals. Even if it’s getting out of the house and going to the park for a 30 minute walk, writing that specific goal down and completing it will give you a small win and a step in the right direction to make winning a habit. After that, you can move on to larger goals that will serve you in the long term.
Listen to Music
Listen to music. Specifically music that will put you in a particular mood. If you are feeling lazy and want to get up and moving, listen to a song that is energetic and fast paced. If you are feeling like a crazy person bouncing off the walls, listen to a chill mellow song that will slow you down a bit.
Experiment a bit and think of music as an actual tool that can help you achieve certain states of mind. When you think this way you will be more conscious of the music you play in your life and how it affects your mood and level of energy.
Watch something that pumps you up
Movies, tv shows, YouTube videos, they are all great when they are used as tools. I talk about getting lost in your phone/laptop/tv screen and how much time and energy it wastes, but if you don’t see these things as activities in themselves, but rather as tools and rewards to motivate yourself and carry you in a specific direction, they can be very positive influences in your life.
Try watching a YouTube montage of James Bond clips before going on a date. Watch a extreme sports wipeout montage to get yourself laughing and in a goofy mood. Watch some intense sports footage and game winning touchdowns/goals/baskets that will get you inspired and pumped full of adrenaline. Before doing some work towards a larger goal, watch a Rocky Balboa training montage. I know of few things that pump me up and get me motivated to do some hard work more than a Rocky Balboa training montage.
You will eventually figure out your own way to use these things to your advantage. And you will also figure out how to press your own buttons and get the most out of yourself by using these tools.
Move Your Body
This is one of my favorites. Try starting your day with a brief workout of some pushups, pull ups, jumping jacks, and lunges. It will get blood pumping to the far corners of your body and also to your brain. Dancing is another great way to change your mood and get out of a rut. Work out or dance along to your favorite music.
Don’t get stuck in a pattern of inflexibility when it comes to moving your body either. Just as lifting weights or doing pushups can pump you up, slowing down and doing relaxed movements will help ease anxiety and pressure. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see how different movements affect you.
Once you learn how to get out of a rut, there is nothing that can stop you, simply because you have an arsenal of tools and techniques to instantly snap you back into the zone and perform at a high level again.
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