Getting Unstuck: Four Ways to Get Out of a Rut

Valentine’s Day is behind us but Spring is still nowhere in sight. This is the time when cabin fever can set in and we can feel stuck in our lives, in our work, even in our fitness regime. In some parts of the country this time of year is called mud season. No wonder we feel stuck!

Recognizing that you feel stuck is the first step to making your way out of the morass. Once you see that you are stuck, take some action! Here are a five great tips for getting unstuck:

Do something new
Whether it’s taking a completely new route on your morning commute, roller skating in the park, or trying downhill skiing for the first time, trying something new improves brain function. Trying something new will challenge your brain to access new neural pathways. The stimulation you’ll create by rewiring or reprogramming the brain in this way will boost your creativity and the satisfaction that comes from constantly growing and living life to the fullest.

Let go of negativity
Recognize and release any false stories you may have created about yourself (or others). Such negative, self-defeating stories can drag you into a quagmire where you’ll be hard pressed not to feel stuck. We get good at what we practice. So practice imagining good outcomes—not in a Pollyannaish way, be pragmatic about it. With practice you’ll be able to “accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.”

Move
Sitting at your desk is bad for your brain. That slouch you are in is reducing oxygen levels in your brain. Now wonder you feel sluggish. Get up and move. Dance. Play ping pong. Do yoga. Go outside. Walk around the block. The human body is built to move. You’ll feel better once you get your blood circulating.It will help you improve focus. Your mind will clear. Your attitude just might lift!

Breathe
When you slow your breath, your mind also slows down. Breathing is one of the body’s few functions that is both voluntary and involuntary. When you take control of your breath it can help you see that you can also take control of other aspects of your life – in particular, your perceptions. Breathe deeply. Pay attention to your breath. It will help you manage stress and anxiety. It can help you lower your blood pressure and heart rate. It can boost you mental function, which will help you imagine new ways of doing things.