How to Get Out of a Rut: 3 Easy Steps

Are you feeling bored with your career, relationships, or health routine, and need some advice on how to get out of a rut? Your help has arrived. The problem with a rut is that you end up doing the same things over and over, which can be boring and keep you from growing.

If you're trying to figure out how to get out of a rut, you should first ask yourself why you're feeling stuck and how you got there—without passing judgment on yourself. Being honest about how you're feeling will help you break the cycle, and then you can take action with the following three simple steps.

  1. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

    People often get in a rut when they're feeling resistant to changing certain aspects of their lives. Change can be uncomfortable at first, but it's the surefire path to pull you out of a slump. Even if you're feeling stuck in terms of making a change in one part of your life, you can gain forward momentum by inserting smaller changes throughout your day-to-day routine.

    Try This: Take a different route on the way to or from work, or venture out to try a food you've never eaten for lunch. You could even attend a new fitness class on your own and make it your goal to talk to someone new while you're there. If you're looking to switch up your weekend routine, ask a friend to take a painting class or go on a paddleboarding adventure.

  2. Shift Your Focus to Gratitude

    When you're in a rut, you might feel plagued by negativity. If you're repeatedly doing the same things, you may lose your sense of gratitude and start to take your life or relationships for granted.

    Try This: Make a quick gratitude list every morning. When you wake up, immediately place one hand over your heart. Lift one finger at a time as you think of something or someone in your life that you're grateful for. Shifting your focus will help you think about the things or people you appreciate instead of allowing negative thoughts to be the center of your attention. You'll infuse your routine with positivity, and within a few days of this habit, your mood may lighten and you may even find it easier to manage or diffuse challenges.

  3. Insert More Fun into Your Routine Tasks

    If you're finding it hard to get inspired to make changes, try having some good old-fashioned fun. Take a few minutes to think about the things you loved to do as a kid. Having more fun is easy if you take the approach of a child and aim to insert fun into as many parts of your day as possible.

    Try This: Create a handwritten note for a friend, coworker, or loved one with markers or colored pencils, or go on a walk and take pictures of anything that inspires you. You could even play your favorite music while you answer e-mails, or turn dinner into an indoor or outdoor picnic with a blanket and fresh flowers.

    Getting out of a rut starts with you. Be honest about your feelings as well as what got you there, and then make a pact with yourself to try out some of these simple steps. In time, you'll find that new and exciting opportunities were waiting for you all along.

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