Easy Ways To Get Out Of The Routine

Easy Ways To Get Out Of The Routine

We all get stuck in a rut from time to time. A surprise or challenging circumstance pops up in our road of life, and we end up off the road and stuck in a ditch.

Whether you’re feeling unmotivated, down, or trapped in a pattern, we need to dig ourselves out of the mud and back into momentum.

Here are 3 easy ways to get out of the routine and start moving forward:

Try new experiences

When you’re stuck in a routine, the best step to take is to try something new. It doesn’t have to make sense or even seem directly related. It can be as simple as saying hi to a stranger each day, getting a new haircut, or changing up our morning routine. What we choose to try matters a lot less than the fact that we’re willing to shake things up.

The worst that can occur is that we don’t move forward. But if we’re willing to try a new strategy and experiment like scientists, it will be easy to figure out what can motivate us to move forward. More often than not, a significant life change comes from those little steps.

Exercise your body

Whenever we’re spinning our wheels but not moving forward, it means we’re stuck in our head, thinking of actions without being in the vehicle that can take those actions.

Physiologically, exercise increases our brain’s production of dopamine. This neurotransmitter helps us to feel motivated and take action in life. It also helps stimulate alpha brainwaves which are associated with less anxiety and more relaxation. That allows us to think creatively and come up with new solutions.

Talk or write it out

We often cycle around the same thoughts over and over again when we can’t take another step forward. But it’s challenging to break this cycle because we can’t see that we’re even in one.

Once we speak the words out loud to a friend, therapist, or coach, or put them down on a piece of paper, we can separate from those thoughts and start to identify the patterns that keep us stuck.