8 ways to feel better when you’re stuck in a rut



Life isn’t always exciting – but sometimes it can be. Vacations, weddings, birthdays, job promotions all bring about excitement. We get a serious dose of chemicals running through our bodies when something exciting happens to us. So when exciting things don’t happen, life can seem pretty boring.

Another thing to realise is that what excites you may not excite another.  The thing is, boring days can’t be escaped – you can make them less boring though. So what could you do to make ‘boring’ days less boring?

Here are 15 simple tips to tackle those boring days.

1. Be Mindful 

Mindfulness is a concept that is thrown around our society often but how many of us actually know how to practice this technique? Mindfulness is the ability to focus on your breath, as it flows in and out of your body.  Focusing on your breath allows you to observe your thoughts and feelings as they pop up in your mind.  As you practice this technique you’ll come to realise that you are not your thoughts.

Essentially mindfulness is about observation without criticism and being compassionate with yourself.

2. Move your body 

The human body was made for moving about – moving your body releases endorphins which make you feel good. I love heading to the gym to lift some weights, it makes me feel powerful and increases my mood.

3. Relax your body 

Whilst moving your body is important, there are also times when disappointments can weigh heavy on our hearts. This heaviness that we feel in our bodies can reinforce negative thoughts and emotions. We may feel pains and aches in our body which is a sign that something is wrong. Relaxing can be difficult in such a busy world, but techniques such as meditation or imagery can be a starting point.

4. Do some reading 

Reading is similar to taking a holiday. Reading can give you the opportunity to look at your situation differently. You may even find tips to manage your distress – depending on the book you’re reading. There’s also the added benefit of improving your vocabulary skills and your cognitive processing.

5. Watch a movie

 Some of my favourite movies to watch when I’m lacking some spark in my life are The Pursuit of Happyness and Eat, Pray, Love. Similar to reading, movies can transport you to a different world, and make you forget that you were in a rut in the first place.

6. Write about it 

There are 101 and more reasons to why you should journal on a daily basis. Writing about things gives you the opportunity to process what you’ve been feeling or thinking. It’s simply therapeutic and cheap, and also a way to track how you’ve changed and progressed.

7. Rearrange the furniture in your home 

The rooms in our house reflect our emotional state. So if you’re stuck in a rut, chances are your home may show it. So perhaps it is time for a clear out or a re-arrangement of furniture in your home. See what works for you – cleaning and rearranging I find is therapeutic.

8. Do something that’s fun and free 

Children have this special gift, where they can turn the most boring day into excitement – they play!

Guess what, adults have this special gift too, all you have to do is relax and do something fun. This can be anything from talking a walk or doing a puzzle. So you can learn to create your own excitement and turn your boring days into fun ones.

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