Are you in a phase where you are feeling trapped or questioning every little thing about your life? If not, have you been there before? Chances are the answer is yes to one of those questions. This post sets out to inform our community about practical steps to help get out of a rut as well as links to some tools we have found to help.

As Mastering the Art of Quitting explains, human beings are hardwired to have persistence, which may be helpful when life is going well, but we sabotage our happiness when we are moving in a negative direction. If you feel trapped in a negative cycle, often times you need to jumpstart your mindset to break free of the negative loop.

Here are 5 very practical action items to use to get out of that damn rut!

1. Write it down!

Action:

Write down what your ideal self should be. What you should feel like, what you should care about, what type of friends you want to have, what type of shape you want to be in, etc. From there, set goals for yourself to help you become that person.

Tool:

Finding Balance helps you define exactly the person you want to be, and take the goals to get there.

2. Kickstart your mornings

Action:

Your mornings set the stage for the rest of your day. Rather than hitting snooze 4 times and having your first engagement with the world be a scroll of your Facebook feed and emails, start with a proper morning routine that should carry over every day. A kickstart morning might look like:

  • 6:00 – wake up
  • 6:05 – 25 pushups (or anything to get some blood flowing)
  • 6:10 – Write down your intentions for the day
  • 6:20 – 10 minutes of meditation
  • 6:30 – Cold shower
  • 6:45 – Healthy breakfast

It sounds miserable, but your day will be on FIRE after a morning like this.

Tools:

3. Start something new!

Action:

Tony Robbins says that if you want to change the way you feel, you need to change your mindset. There is no better way to start building new synapsis in your brain than by trying something new or picking up an old hobby. A few examples of this could be:

  • Learn a new language
  • Start playing chess
  • Take an online course
  • Start meditating

Tools:

  • Duolingo – Learn a new language
  • Coursera – Take the world’s best courses online
  • Headspace – Start a meditation habit

4. Volunteer

Action:

Spend some time working with people in your community that are less fortunate for you. Oftentimes, this will be a big dose of perspective about how lucky you are and will set yourself in motion to snap out of this rut.

Tools:

Big Brother Big Sister Program

There are so many organizations out there that could use help, you just need to look!

5. Practice Gratitude and Mindfulness

Action:

Studies show that mindfulness meditation can alleviate feelings of anxiety by up to 72%! The constant saying regarding meditation is “I know I should, I just can’t find the time or sit still for that long”. That’s bullshit, try it for a week and feel the benefits.

Studies also show that a daily gratitude practice can lead to high levels of positive emotion and less feelings of loneliness and isolation. Spend time every day reflecting on how grateful you are to be alive and identify other areas of your life you are grateful for.

Tools:

These are all very practical actions you can take to getting your life back on track! If you have any other feedback, please feel free to add to the comments for our community to see!

Finding Balance was started by a guy who was deep in a rut and by trial and error found tricks to get out of the rut. My goal is to help pass the same wisdom on to you.

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