Do you feel low, grouchy, fed-up and bored? Thing is, there are always days like those. They are part of being a human being. But what happens when you get a whole string of those off-days, maybe lasting weeks, months or even years? That’s the problem, when you’re in a rut you don’t have the energy or motivation to change things for the better, and it’s tough to find the insight or resources you need to make that jump.
Here are four fun and easy ways you can use right now to climb, or better yet, leap out of the rut and start to get something better for yourself.
1. Do Something Differently
Start with making one or two simple changes to your day - be it at breakfast time, your radio station, gym routine, route to work, lunch routine, etc. Doing something differently or changing parts of your routine instantly takes you out of the norm and allows you to shake off the things that make you feel confined.
2. Use your Intuition
Your intuition is a powerful ally, and we all have it even though you might not recognise it. Practice making wild guesses in your everyday life. Guess what a salesperson's name is, what a new person or place will look like or who's calling on the phone. Don't worry about getting it wrong, you're just working that muscle.
Imagine you’re walking home from the supermarket with a couple of bags of groceries, but those bags have holes in them. You’re walking along merrily leaving a trail of your things behind you, but when you get home you unpack what’s left and ask, ‘Didn’t I have more than this?’ Nourishment is about plugging those holes in your life and making sure you have things in your life that keep you feeling nourished – nourished in your head, nourished in your heart and nourished in your stomach. Remember that you can’t give away what you don’t have, and can’t spend energy you’ve already spent.
4. Perfect Day
What would be your perfect day. Don’t think too much about it and don’t worry about it sounding silly or too grand. Write down words, ideas, themes or a whole narrative – even draw pictures if you want to. Have fun with it, play with it – it’s your Perfect Day.