How To Pull Yourself Out Of A Rut

Over the past couple of months I’ve been awfully quiet on the internet. A lack of new posts, hardly any tweets, I didn’t even take the time to reblog anything on Tumblr. and that takes absolutely no energy at all. I’ll admit, I’ve been in a rut. This one was a real bitch to deal with, too. As it turns out if you fall into a rut and don’t try to get out right away it gets harder to pull yourself out later.

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Image by Erich Ferdinand via Flickr.

After a month and a half of being in this rut I finally admitted to myself that I had become a bit depressed. I was stressed, spending over seven hours a day in my bed (not including the time I spend sleeping), I wasn’t eating much, and the stresses of life made it even harder to even drag myself out of bed. The situation was pretty grim, but once I realized I had a problem I was determined to get better. I’d like to say I’m doing better, which I am, but there is still room for me to improve. In the meantime I’m going to share with you a few tips I picked up on how to pull yourself out of a killer rut.

Get On A Strict Schedule – When you’re in a rut it can become increasingly difficult to keep up with daily tasks, like brushing your teeth and changing clothes everyday. It’s important to put yourself of a strict, steady schedule. Get up at a set time, eat, brush your hair, get all of the basics in there. If there’s anything you need to do it’s get yourself out of bed and into making the most of your day.

Eat! – Not having enough energy is directly connected to not eating enough food, or eating enough of a variety of foods. Getting the appropriate types and amounts of nutrients will help you have enough strength to pull your life back together.

Stick With Your Hobby – One of the big mistakes I made while I was in my rut was neglect my website. Though out the past year and a half Loitering Lion has pulled me through some crazy times. As bad as things got I would always have my website to be proud of. Not keeping up with your hobbies allows the feeling of failure to pile on. If you can accomplish even a little something it can help out a lot.

Shut Off The TV – Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. Where did all of your time go? One of the roadblocks I faced while in a rut was being able to turn off the television. It sucks time away like you wouldn’t believe! It’s okay to watch a little bit but binging on a daily basis will only distract you from your problem, not help you move past it.

Soak Up Some Sun – Being indoors all of the time isn’t natural for us humans as it turns out, so if you’re feeling particularly stuck getting outside for even a few minutes of fresh air can help clear up your head. Get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

Visit/Contact Friends and Family – One of the main issues I had when I was in a rut was feeling lonely. Usually I don’t mind being alone, but once I start feeling bad about it I know it’s time for me to go out of my way to communicate with the people in my life who are important to me. Visit your parents, call up a childhood friend, Skype a sibling! It’s the twenty-first century and there’s no reason to be out of touch with the people who matter the most.

Get Support From People You Trust – Telling someone else about your struggle can help you get through it because you can get support, advice, and a much needed reality check from it. It’s important that you try to confide in someone who is stable (we all have those friends who enjoy the drama but now is not the time for those games) and who you know will always be there for you. The one person I know I can always go it for support is my dad. Even on the days I thought things could not get any worse for me my dad was there to help me up and brainstorm solutions with me. I will never be able to repay him for everything he has done for me in my life. There is always someone who will be there for you even if you feel it is not true. Give the people you love a chance to love you back.

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