All of us go through periods when we feel like we might be too stuck in a rut. It seems that every day you do exactly the same movements from the moment you get up until you go to bed, that the days go by but you get nowhere. The things that you used to like start to become less interesting and instead of moving towards your goals, it seems like you are just making a well in the same place.

Feeling like you’re in a rut can be frustrating, but there are things you can do to figure out why you’re experiencing that feeling and to get yourself motivated again. How can you get out of a rut if you start to feel like you’re drowning

Signs that you are stuck

If you feel stuck, you should know that at first you did not realize it. These feelings often grow slowly over time. Day after day, you can follow your same routines almost automatically. Eventually, you feel like you are doing something for your future and others, that you are killing time. There will come a time when you start to have uncomfortable emotions that make you wonder if what you do is what you really want … or need a change. Some of the signs that tell you to change course are:

-Every day seems the same

-You just feel that the day has to end

-You have no motivation for anything

-You think you don’t have a mission

-You want to change but fear the temporary discomfort of change

-You wake up tired and feel like you do everything automatically

It is necessary to bear in mind that these feelings can also be signs that you are beginning to have symptoms of depression and you should see a doctor if you see that the symptoms last more than two weeks or that you also feel chronic sadness that is not wrong with anything.

People often experience these symptoms for years without acknowledging that what they are feeling is actually a form of depression. Low mood, decreased energy, loss of interest, and loss of pleasure are common symptoms of this condition . If you suspect that you may be experiencing depression, see your doctor.

Find the source of your demotivation

You may have recognized that you feel trapped in the routine, but you do not know what the next step should be. It is important to find out what is causing your feelings of discontent before making any drastic changes in your life. You may feel like you are in a routine with your partner or at work. Maybe it’s your health, family, friends … find out what makes you unhappy.

Once you understand a little better why you are feeling those things, don’t criticize or blame yourself. It’s easy to minimize the problem and try to make your feelings seem trivial. “I have a great life, I have no right to feel this way,” you might think. Such thoughts can backfire and keep you stuck in your rut for longer. Things may be fine the way they are, but if you’re unhappy with the status quo, it’s time to find ways to turn things around and get your spark back.

The first step to improving your mood is recognizing what you are feeling and then starting to look for the steps you can take to get unstuck.

How to get out of the routine

What are some of the things you can do to break the negative cycle and move on? Here are a few different ways to get out of the rut.

-Beware. Take care of your mental well-being and evaluate how you are doing. If something seems to be missing in the self-care department, now is the time to address it. Healthy food, adequate sleep, daily exercise, and social support are all essential components of physical and emotional health. 

-Change your routines. It can be difficult to move in a new direction if you just follow the same routines day after day. People tend to be beings of habit, and sometimes that feeling of being stuck in a rut can come from a feeling of boredom. Find ways you can change things and add some different experiences to each day (talking to other people, looking for fun in things, trying something new every day, being more spontaneous, etc).

-Enjoy the outdoors. Being in nature can have a positive impact on the brain. Not only can being in nature increase your sense of mental well-being, it also enhances your creativity. So the next time you feel into a routine, try going for a walk outside. Pay attention to the world around you. Allow yourself to relax, think of new things, and enjoy the beauty you see. 

-Find your purpose. This can be little things like having plans for Friday night and looking forward to it all week. It can also involve much larger life goals related to your relationships and career. Having things to look forward to in the future can help people better cope with problems in the here and now. 

What can you do in the face of routine and monotony

To achieve this, feel free to plan ahead and intentionally create moments for your enjoyment. You can plan a vacation or excursion on a specific day. Call some friends to go out for a drink … get excited! Remember that it is important not to overlook the little things, even the little daily and weekly rewards, like being able to go to your favorite place for lunch or tune in to your favorite TV show once a week, they are great ways to create a sense of anticipation for the future.

You are the owner of your life and only you will be able to know if the lifestyle you lead you like or suffocate you. If you feel that you are drowning, do not continue with the ‘automatic pilot’ and look for those changes that you think are necessary to be able to feel that spark that exists within you. Life is to be lived, and you have to do it well because you only have one and it is worth enjoying. Look for activities that get you out of the routine and that allow you to smile every morning. Sometimes these routine changes don’t mean having to change jobs or make a radical change in your life, maybe it just means meeting that friend you haven’t seen for so long to have a coffee from time to time or go to the movies to see. a movie that you like. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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