4 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Rut

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Everyone goes through periods of time where they feel stuck. It’s normal to feel low sometimes, however, feeling like you’re living in Groundhog Day can be draining.

It leaves you feeling unmotivated. Luckily, there’s plenty of advice out there to help us feel less lonely. Here are four tips to pick yourself back up again:

  1. Be patient and forgive yourself

It’s very normal to go through difficult times. Just because you’ve been unhappy, and underperforming doesn’t mean you’re not capable of doing great things. Try not to beat yourself up too much. Instead, forgive yourself for not taking care of yourself, for not being as social or just not being completely on top of things. The important thing is that you’re trying.

2. Write. It. Down.

One thing I wish I’d known sooner is how good journaling is for the mind. For me, writing down thoughts, feelings and to-do lists can help me understand how I’m feeling. Journaling as been proven to reduce stress and manage anxiety. If you’re sitting here thinking “where do I start?” I suggest searching up journal prompts to get you started. There are loads to choose from online and you can even search for specific questions for example questions related to anxiety.

3. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to improve your mental well-being. I know this has been said a million times but don’t roll your eyes too soon. Let me explain: the most common physical signs of stress include sleeping problems and loss of appetite. Exercise is a great way to get these intense feelings out of the body and leave us feeling calmer. Physical activity offers a lot of potential for improving our well-being. Even a brief walk for 10 minutes boosts our mood.

4. Surround yourself with likeminded people who make you happy

If you’re around people with lots of negative energy this will have an effect on you. I think the people you surround yourself with help you to grow into the person you become. I like to keep myself around positive, fun friends with similar interests as me as they remind me that life isn’t that bad.

I hope these tips have made your day a little bit brighter and reminded you to take everything one step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is good mental well-being. But with enough patience, I’m sure we will all be just fine.

Featured image credit: Alma Haser

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Music Editor of Brig Newspaper. 3rd year film, media and journalism student.

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