Whether you’re lacking inspiration to dress cute in the morning, or you’re feeling uninspired to advance your career at work, getting into a rut is something that I think almost everyone has experienced at some point in their lives.
I’ve found myself getting into plenty of ruts throughout my twenties. I remember years ago in my early twenties, I went through a period where I would come home from work every day, eat dinner in bed [while watching TV], and go right to sleep immediately afterwards. I was also living at my parents house at the time. For me, this was all I wanted to do during that span of time, but I’m sure my parents worried. I eventually started to get sick of this little routine I had created, and stopped feeling sorry for myself.
As I entered into my mid-twenties, I started to gain a lot more confidence. I met my [now husband] Pat, and we moved into our first apartment together. My ruts started to look a little different. Although I was happy in my relationship, I was miserable at work. I definitely spent a ton of nights complaining and even crying my eyes out to Pat [poor guy]. Eventually I got myself out of that job, and eventually grew much happier with my career.
Even today, I’m constantly finding myself falling into the same routines, making the same meals for dinner, doing the same thing over and over again. We are all creatures of habit to some extent, and I admit, I love a good routine! But sometimes, diverting from this routine is just what we need.
Luckily my husband Pat is someone who loves adventure. I definitely owe a lot of spontaneity to him. Even when I fight it [and him], when I eventually fall out of my comfort zone, good things always happen. Those times are some of my favorite memories when I think back.
I’ve also found that getting myself out of the everyday mundane routine allows for me to be more creative. If it’s a nice day, we’ll grab dinner at our favorite restaurant outdoors, instead of cooking in. If the weather stinks, we’ll go to see open houses for condos we can’t afford, instead of watching TV. These are just a few ideas of how to lift yourself out of a rut.
And then sometimes, you have to just let it run its course, until one day you wake up and it just feels different.
There are so many ruts you can fall into. A relationship rut, creativity rut, the list goes on. From my experience, although getting yourself into a rut can be debilitating [at times], if it’s something you truly love [with all your heart], you’ll find your way back to it, eventually. My best advice for conquering these types of scenarios is to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and try to do something a little bit different each and every day.