All right. I’ll admit it. Somehow I managed to get myself in a rut. It’s not a pretty situation. Seriously, especially as someone with a background in psychology. I should be able therapize myself out of this…right? Of course, but it’s not easy.
First thing first: Identify the sticking point.
What I mean is, examine the period before recognizing that you are stuck. Try to identify any factors that may have contributed to this experience. In my case, it’s been this trip back to Rome which has caused a massive disruption to my physical functioning.
Second thing second: Write your desired state of being.
Take a moment to write how you would like to feel in this moment. More than likely, you’re not enjoying being in this rut. You want to get out, right?? So, write down how you prefer to feel and what you prefer to do. Explore all possible helpful factors, looking at what has been helpful in the past and things that you have wanted to try. Perhaps you found that going out for a daily walk always helped you to feel more focused and in touch with your life. Perhaps you’ve wanted to try rock climbing, take a cooking class, go on a meditation retreat, etc. Identify what can shift you out of where you are now.
Third thing third: Just do it.
Yes, it’s Nike’s slogan, but I think it’s the ultimate weapon in getting out of a rut. You just have to do it. Identifying where things started to go south, and then exploring ways to shift your emotional states are wonderful in helping you understand that there is a way out. Still, nothing beats just getting up, getting out and just doing what you have to do. To materialize what you say you desire, how you say you want to live, and who you say you want to be, you must take positive action.
Positive action is anything that helps rather than hinders, anything that enhances you but does not impinge upon the well-being of others, and anything that moves you closer to your goals.
For me, this is my first positive action: writing this post today. By writing this post today, I am taking action to make positive change. It’s a small step but an important one because I am keeping a promise to myself and to you, my readers. (By the way, thank you so much for taking the time to read my writing. It means a great to me). 🙂
My second will be to clean my room. It’s my personal belief that your physical state (both self and environment) reflects your internal state. So, if your space is cluttered or disorganized, etc., then so is your mind. So, on that note, it’s time to take stock of my physical state. 😉 It’s amazing what cleaning and clearing your physical state can do to free your mind. Really…try it.
Now, the above steps are aimed at those who are in the emotional/psychological place to take them. There are many times that ruts are really depression or beginning of depression. It’s important that you take what you are feeling/experiencing very seriously. I suggest visiting a counselor/therapist/psychologist to understand whether you are just having a challenging moment or if you have entered into a more severe situation.
Until Next Time,