Happy New Year! This is my first blog post of 2019. I had an entire list of podcast and blog post ideas for the new year. This wasn’t one of them. See, I recently found myself in a serious funk. A rut. I knew what I needed to do but I just couldn’t get started. I’m obviously not the only person starting the new year off to a rocky start. I want to share ten strategies to help you get out of a rut.
1. Recognize and Admit
It’s true what they say. The first step is always admitting. Once you recognize and admit you’re stuck, you now get to make a choice. There is power in saying this out loud or to a friend. Remember that this is how you feel right now and it won’t last forever. Repeat some of these phrases:
- I’m just in a rut but it won’t last forever.
- I know that I will get better.
- This too shall pass.
2. Have a pity party (with a time limit!)
Now that you have admitted you’re in a rut, you are allowed to stay at the pity party…but only for a specific amount of time! Decide that you’ll take the day to veg out on the couch with Netflix but starting tomorrow, you’re going to get back on track.
3. Clear Your Head
You need some alone time to clear your head and process your thoughts. Go for a drive, walk, visit the beach, or something that is outside of your normal environment where you can hear yourself think.
I love to go for long drives (alone) to clear my head. I did this last week once I had admitted I was self-sabotaging myself and I was DONE with the pity party BS. In the car I prayed and asked God to please give me a sign so that I would know what direction I need to take.
I was driving down a REAL country ass road. You know. The ones with no billboards, 10 foot deep ditches, and fields and farms on both sides.
Then out of the blue, I saw a wooden billboard. All it said was:
“Well, you asked for a sign.” –God
OMG. Queue the goosebumps. I don’t know if you’ll have a moment like that but getting out of your environment to clear your head will give you clarity to move forward.
4. Declutter Your House
When you’e in a rut the last thing you want to do is clean and organize your house. Living in a physical space that’s cluttered with stuff clutters your mind! I was feeling this big time after the holidays. Christmas shit everywhere, new toys, etc.
5. Make a Meal Plan & Shopping List
When you take good care of your body, it shows up in other areas of your life. When you’re in a rut, binge eating, and not being active your mind is slush. I need to have my “ammunition” food and meals in the house so that I don’t have to think about what to eat. Plus, it leaves less room for binge eating all the carbs and cake.
I order my groceries online once a week with Walmart and it saves SO much time! That’s when I plan out what we will eat for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are easy for me because I seriously eat the same food every single day. For some reason, I can’t do that with dinner. Planning my meals and having them prepped saves me a lot of bitterness after work. I HATE cooking. It literally makes me angry. Mix that with being hungry and tired and well that’s a recipe for “Hey eff this. Let’s just go out and grab something.”
6.Wake Up Early With a Morning Routine
I’m a creature of habit. If I don’t start my day with my routine, it seems like everything goes to shit by the afternoon. My morning routine includes getting up before the rest of my family, meditating, getting in a walk, and writing. I love this time of day. It’s when I’m most creative and productive. I hate waking up early but once I’m up, it’s amazing! A morning routine sets the intention and tone of your entire day!
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7. Do Your Hair & Makeup
I’ve talked before about why I wear makeup. I don’t do it for other people. I do it because it makes me feel good. When I look good, I feel good and in turn it makes my day more productive. Putting on a fresh face of makeup totally changes my state turns my mood around.
8. Create a To-Do List
This is a mental declutter session. Do a brain dump of everything swirling around in that head of yours. Write down all the things that need to get done without judgement or worrying about the how. Then, go back and priortize them and put deadlines next to the urgent items. You have to get out of your own head!
9. Write in a Journal!
I use journaling as part of my morning and night routine. There is so much power in writing down your successes and thoughts. Journaling has been absolutely critical to boosting my confidence. That’s why I created The Irresistible You Journal. If you don’t have one yet, order your copy. It comes with free two day shipping for Amazon Prime members!
10. Get a Support System
There is a magical healing power that community can provide. Of course there’s no real magic or fairy dust (so they say)…but just knowing you’re not alone is sometimes all you need to keep moving forward. There are several ways to develop a support system. Be it friends, family, a therapist, a life coach, or even an online community like Irresistible YOUniversity.
Another amazing support system is to join a group coaching program. My signature program, Irresistible You, will be opening for enrollment very soon. Make sure in the meantime to download my free action plan. Not only will you get the free printable workbook but you’ll get notified when the doors open for enrollment!
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