We have all been in a position where we just feel BLEH. You might be lacking motivation, stressed out, tired, worried, or overwhelmed. You’re just stuck in a rut. A big fat rut. It’s definitely a normal part of being human but it can cause deeper issues, especially mentally.
Have you ever had a busy few weeks of work and you still have a huge to-do list, so instead, you sit still and scroll Instagram for hours on end… Say hello to your rut.
I feel like it’s really important to mention that it’s okay to feel bored or bleh about what you’re doing. Nobody is 100% content with their life 100% of the time (and if anybody says they are, they’re lying!).
If you were to spend a little time giving your mind, body and soul some extra love, you will find yourself feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to work harder and more efficiently than before.
So, how do you do that? What can you do to reset yourself?
♡ Nutrition and exercise
I hate to say it, but these two points are going to come up quite often in my blog posts. What you physically consume will affect your day-to-day functions. It is literal science. If you ate greasy takeaway food for 30 days straight, there’s a very high chance you’re going to feel tired, unmotivated and bloated. Whereas, if you ate nutritious (and colourful) meals for 30 days straight, you will feel energetic, motivated and ready to hold the world on your shoulders.
Something else that is scientifically proven to boost moods, immune systems and overall health is exercise! Go for a walk, go lift some weights and really enjoy yourself. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring.
And the last little bit of information I will give is water, water, water, water. Drink lots.
♡ Friendships and family
Make time for those people who may have been a little neglected lately. Whether you go for a night out, a coffee, or simply call them. It’s SO important to have strong and positive relationships in our lives.
One more thing. Have you ever spent an hour playing with a toddler? It is honestly one of the most refreshing things anybody could do. If you have friends or family with little ones, ask them for a play date. You will both benefit from it.
♡ Social media detox
Say goodbye to social media! Don’t worry, I don’t mean forever but try to allocate some time without your phone. You could do try no social media after 6pm or no social media on Sundays.
We spend so much time staring at a screen, mindlessly scrolling through posts and advertisements, it’s okay to connect with real humans and nature too.
♡ Self-care and meditation
This is the PERFECT time to check-in on your self-care habits (and I really hope you aren’t about to tell me you have none). Whenever you’re stuck in a rut, look at what you’re doing for YOU. Not what you’re doing for work, your partner or your kids. What are you actually doing for yourself?
Self-care is crucial to a happy mind, soul and body. Spend some time on your favourite self-care practises. Have a long bubble bath, read a book, exfoliate your body, bake a cake. Whatever makes you feel good, do that.
It’s also a perfect time to meditate. When you’re stuck in a rut, you probably are overwhelmed and overloaded with a whole heap of things in your mind. Meditating will allow you to bring yourself back to the present moment and feel whole as a person.
♡ Reconnect with nature and enjoy the fresh air
Go outside without your phone. Watch the people walk by holding hands, the dogs run through the park, the bees landing on flowers, the children playing and the clouds move. Take deep breathes of beautiful fresh air and enjoy life. It’s the simple things that are the most magical.
♡ Sleep and rest
This one is also linked with self-care, but I felt it needed its own little heading.
Sleep massively affects your day. If you get no sleep, you’re most likely going to be tired and unmotivated but if you manage to get your required amount of sleep, you’ll be able to smash out your to-do list with minimal issues.
Remember when you were a kid and you had a night/ bedtime routine? 6pm dinner, 7pm bath and brush teeth, 7.30pm book and bed. Create a night routine for yourself as an adult.
Here is an example of my night routine:
6pm – dinner 6.30pm – tidy house and turn on the vacuum (I have a robot vacuum, highly recommended). 7pm – play with my son 7.30pm – yoga and stretch 8pm – spend time with my partner (watching tv, talking ect) 9pm – read and/ or meditate 10pm – sleep
Obviously, I can’t stick to this every night, but by having a set routine, it allows my body to wind down and know what’s coming next (and when it’s time to close my eyes and sleep).
♡ Bonus information for mums
My son does not sleep. I wish I was exaggerating but I am not. He is a horrible sleeper which makes “sleep” near impossible to fully recharge me as it would most other people. You can recharge your rest batteries by meditating (my personal favourite), stretching, exercising (trust me, it works) and anything else that relaxes you.
Being stuck in a rut and feeling bleh about life is a normal stage you will experience eventually, but don’t stay stuck for too long. There are far too many things to do, feel, experience and see out there.
Counsellor + Wellness & Mental Health Coach
Hi, I'm Shorina and I'm an Australian Counsellor + Wellness & Mental Health Coach. I'm here to support you to redefine your relationship to self and life! I incorporate a mind, body and soul wellness approach to my work with a focus on healing and mindfulness ♡