Do You Feel Like You're Stuck In A Rut? Changing Habits For A Healthier & Happier Lifestyle
Do you ever feel like your not where you want to be in life? Maybe your bored at work, bored with your social life, bored of doing the same thing day in day out, that feeling of being stuck in a rut. Here are a few ways that may help you get out of that rut...
Make Time For Yourself
Not many of us make time for ourselves. It’s easy to forget either because we simply don’t have the time, we feel guilty for only concentrating on ourselves or we don’t have the motivation. It’s important to set aside time doing something for you.
It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time. Allow yourself time once in a while to just stop, slow down, breathe and recharge. Looking after you and your mental wellbeing. Doing something you enjoy, something different to the norm, spending time on discovering who you are and the things that make you happy. Without this me time you may never get to explore the real you.
Limit your screen time. It’s not only the kids who spend too much time on their phones, were all guilty of too much screen time whether checking in on social media, the news... Well, the news is never usually anything positive and when checking in on social media we tend to follow other people's lives. Try switching off your phone ate certain times in the day and concentrate on you and your life.
It can seem easy to just go with the flow. Carry on doing the same old…Ultimately if we want something different in life we are responsible for making that change. It takes determination and patience. Acknowledging your life is not how you want it to be, accepting you are in charge of making the difference and identifying any barriers that may get in the way.
Maybe you worry about things that are happening now or things that have happened in the past. It’s important to try and look at these in a different light. If it’s something you can change, don’t mull on it, change it. If you can’t change it let it go. We can’t change everything in life, there will always be good and bad times and sometimes it is what it is.
Moving on we can change the way we see things by having a positive outlook on life even if it seems really hard to do. Pushing the negatives aside. Think about all the things you are most proud of, who you like spending time with. Cherish those times with positive thinking. Recognise the things that make you happy, and the goals you would like to achieve.
Become More organised
Life can be fast paced these days, rushing around with one thing and another, not having a minute. It can become stressful and can often feel like it’s groundhog day again. Planning your day beforehand and being more organised creates less stress. Write an action plan for each day until it becomes a habit of making your time more useable. There’s nothing worse than waking up late in the morning, no time for breakfast and rushing out of the door.
Start early, not too early but a reasonable time to get organised without becoming stressed. If you get time, a walk or a run in the morning not only refreshes but also starts you off with an energy boost and a positive mind set for the day.
Write a tick list for each day, planning your time effectively, keeping a record of your progress, the goals you have achieved and any coping strategies if challenges occur. Don’t try squeezing in too many tasks in one day, prioritise what needs doing today and then focus on the things you would like to do another day when you have more time. If you don’t have time, look at ways you can change this.
I don’t know about you but I used to be really bad for grocery shopping everyday. Everyday was busy meaning time was limited. That time was around 10 minutes everyday after work. Not practical at all. If I had spent more time shopping just once a week, i would have had more time to actually enjoy doing other things. It’s all about balancing what’s right for you and your lifestyle.
Balance Work Life
Don’t take too much on. Work can take over your life impacting on your stress levels emotionally and physically. If it’s all work and no play, something needs to change. Look at ways to ease your workload. Are you happy with your job or do you need a change? Do you need less hours? Again prioritise what’s important and what’s right for you and don’t forget to have fun.
Food, Mood, Exercise, Energy
The food we eat not only affects our mood, it affects us physically too. If our body doesn't get the energy it needs to keep us going through the day we have less energy and feel less motivated. Don't forget to fuel your body with regular healthy snacks and meals. Making changes to your diet may have benefits to improving your overall mood, making a difference to how you feel.
Stress uses up a lot of energy and can be a contributing factor to being stuck in a rut. A study carried out by UK charity Mind reports two in five GP appointments are mental health related. Stress of any kind is exhausting. On one hand you have all good intentions to change your lifestyle and on the other hand you feel it’s out of your control.
Common factors of stress may include, money worries, employment, health concerns, family problems, relationships. This can manifest into mental health problems including, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, drug addiction.
It's important to talk about your concerns with friends, family and your GP for support, help and advice.