How To Climb Out Of A Rut

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  • You’re not feeling blue exactly, but you’ve definitely lost some of your enthusiasm for life, and your usual ability to “snap out of it” just isn’t making the grade. Try these techniques scientifically proven to help you bounce back:

    Break Your Routine

    You have a good reason for always waking at the same time, making coffee, reading the newspaper or watching your favorite programs. But the same patterns over and over again can create a loss of spontaneity. Change one thing in your daily routine: watch a different show, drink tea instead of coffee, search different websites, take an alternate route home.
  • Get Moving Countless studies show that exercise bumps up energy and mood by releasing the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. You don’t have to join a gym and exercise to the max--just a simple walk outdoors, bike ride or swim can brighten your mental outlook.
  • Tidy Up Often when we’re in a rut, our environment gets pretty messy. We just don’t have the energy to put things away and stuff piles up. But when our environment is messy, it’s a reminder that a beautiful life is out of reach. Make it a point to clean up. Something as simple as making your bed, folding your clothes, or organizing papers on your desk can boost your mood. Add fresh flowers, too.
  • Get Rid Of One Bad Habit Sleeping late? Still smoking? Biting your nails? Over-eating or indulging in too much sugar? Taking control of just one bad habit will make you feel better about yourself. If you need help, join a support group or ask a friend to remind you when you’re slipping back to a bad habit.
  • Change The Way You Look Opting for a different hairstyle or color, wearing another shade of lipstick, or buying a new outfit, will raise your level of confidence and joie de vivre. Paying attention to your posture and standing up straight will also do the trick.
  • Meditate Five minutes a day of sitting quietly will not only help you feel more relaxed, it will also clear your mind of the same old thoughts that are keeping you stuck.