Getting ‘Unstuck’ : How to get out of a Rut


Everyone runs into dead-ends once in awhile. When you’re facing a rut, it can often feel like there’s no way out. Here are some ways to avoid feeling trapped and why the right perspective is crucial to staying motivated.

Tell someone: The first step towards overcoming any challenge is to admit there’s one. Sharing your struggle with a friend can provide encouragement and accountability, which will motivate you to take necessary action to change things.

Break a sweat: Frustrated, angry, sad, or just lethargic? Getting some exercise can do wonders for both your body and mind. Pounding it out on the treadmill or beating the stuffing out of a punching bag can have cathartic effects on negative emotions, while a boost in heart rate will give you that surge of energy to power through your day.








Check yourself out:
Studies have shown that dressing well boosts one’s confidence and self-esteem. Don’t you walk a little taller and hold your head straighter when you know you look good in the mirror? Make that extra bit of effort to look presentable – try a different hairstyle or add a splash of colour to a monochrome wardrobe.

Be a player: Learn to lighten up and take life less seriously. Try looking at mundane tasks and dreary appointments as a game – for example, award yourself points for finishing a certain number of tasks in a certain period of time and try to beat your previous high score each time, or imagine your colleagues as power-ups (the helpful ones) or obstacles (the not-so helpful ones).  You might find time passing much faster with a little creativity and imagination.

Do something different: Break out of routine by deliberately doing something differently. Whether it’s going for lunch with a different colleague, taking the stairs instead of the lift, or getting up a little earlier to eat breakfast at home, look at such breaks from routine as opportunities to infuse fresh habits and perspectives into your life.

Learn something new: Even if it’s totally unrelated to your field of work / study, learning new skills, languages, or facts about whatever catches your interest will help reignite your curiosity and stimulate your brain, which functions best when it is constantly learning.








Clear your clutter:
Find any motivated person and you’ll find someone well acquainted with ‘re-’s – re-organizing, re-prioritizing, renewing, re-charging and so on. It’s important to regularly stop and take stock of what you can do better, and what you don’t need and can get rid of. Whether it’s a huge pile of paper on your desk, bad habits or unhealthy emotional baggage, getting rid of clutter can give you a fresh new outlook on life.


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