How to Get Out of a Rut in Your Life
When we spend our days doing the same thing over and over, whether it be working, studying or looking after a family, it can be extremely easy to fall into a rhythm. And, while stability is great, it doesn’t take much for that repetition to turn into a pattern that is boring and, over time, can cause depression and other mental health problems. However, by making a few small changes, you can bring some excitement back into your life.
Find a new hobby
It is a piece of advice given by aunts, friends and family the world over. But it is classic for a reason; it works. Learning a new language, skill or craft can give you something to think about that isn’t work, not to mention it is a great way to have some time for yourself, even if it is just once a week. Many people find that they have a passion for something they have never done before, and some even turn their hobbies into small businesses, finding that they have a flair for their newly-discovered craft.
Go on a date
This one may not be so relevant to those already in relationships, but dating is a great way to add some spice to your life. You will be meeting new people, putting your icebreakers to the test and, you might possibly meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with! Even if you don’t find the one, you will have some entertaining stories and probably less fear of going on dates in general. Also, these days, you don’t have to worry about magically bumping into your perfect man, as dating has become much more accessible with the introduction of dating apps such as Badoo, so you can meet people that you already know you will get along with.
Another tip that has been around for years but for good reason. Joining a fitness class, going to the gym or just light exercise such as walking and jogging can massively improve your mood and your outlook on life. Getting healthy, with diet and movement, gives you goals to work towards and a feeling of purpose outside of your job. Not to mention the fact that being healthy improves happiness as we feel more capable and get to know our bodies better. You can also meet up with others trying to get fit and find new friends as well as creating a support network for yourself, whether it be training for a marathon or doing daily exercises at home.
Change up your look
This can be as drastic or as small as you wish, but there is no doubt that changing your everyday look can spruce up both your aesthetic and your mood. Perhaps switching up your jeans for some patterned trousers that make you feel like a ’70s star, or adding highlights to your hair that catch the eye when you look in the mirror. Whatever you decide to do, it will give you a sense of freshness and might even attract compliments, which are always good for self-confidence.
Article by Sophie Wiseman. After graduating with a BA in fashion design from the University of Birmingham, she decided to pursue her love of writing.