No matter what it is that’s got you down, when you’re stuck in a rut it can be extremely difficult to be motivated or inspired. If you find yourself in a rut, here are a few ideas for getting yourself going in the right direction again.
Hit the gym: A good workout can do as much for your brain as it does for your body. Working up a good sweat and getting your blood pumping may be just what you need to get out of the slump you’re in. Pop in your headphones, put on some feel-good music, get your heart racing, and let your thoughts transform.
Get uncomfortable: Every once in a while, you need to mix it up. Breaking your routine can lead to new and creative ideas. Maybe you don’t love going to the gym early in the morning, but changing up your schedule may help get those creative juices flowing again.
Avoid being alone: When you’re in a rut, you may have the same unproductive thoughts circling round and round in your head. Spend some time with those friends and family members who support you. It’s never a bad idea to have someone to bounce ideas and thoughts off of.
Check out: Sometimes, your brain needs to refocus. The easiest way to do this is to give your mind a break from its current thoughts. Head to the Barnes and Noble or Redbox near you and find a book or movie to transport you to another world. When you come back to reality, you may find your brain is working the way you want it to again.
Mix it up: For me, there’s nothing better than changing it up. Get away from your desk. Go work at an outside table or a window seat somewhere. Rearrange all of the furniture in your living room. Let more sunlight flood your space. Changing your view is a great way to be inspired when you’re feeling less than creative.