How Do You Get Out of a Rut?

photo-1442188950719-e8a67aea613a-largeSometimes I give advice on this blog. Today, though, I’m going to ask you for it.

I’ve found myself so settled into a routine that I’ve gotten into a rut. I eat the same kinds of food and do the same sorts of things week in and weekend out. While a routine can be a good thing in smaller doses, it’s high time for me try something new.

To be honest with you, it’s hard to know where to start because one decision leads to another. Before I know it, I’ve repeated the same steps I followed last week even when I’ve tried to switch up a few things for variety’s sake.

How have you gotten yourselves out of a rut in the past?

What should I try?

What shouldn’t I try?

Is there a specific area in life that you find easiest to change when you feel yourself growing restless or bored with what you’ve currently been doing?

Is anyone else feeling this way? Part of me thinks it might be a mild reaction to how little sun Ontario gets this time of year. I do remember having similar responses to long, dark days in the past. If this is the case, the good news is that I only have about five or six more weeks until the winter equinox.

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  1. Every once in a while, for me: fasting. Dinner on Saturday was the last thing I ate. I’ve had liquids, including tea, but nothing particularly substantial. It… I don’t know how to describe it. It seems to throw my body just enough off-track to let me reset some of my patterns.

    That said, I’m not sure I’d recommend it — especially if you’re already a bit sun-deprived or otherwise discombobulated.

  2. I’m not particularly good at getting out of ruts in big ways, but I do make small changes occasionally. Sometimes it is as simple as trying a new recipe, reading a book in a genre I don’t normally read or changing the music I’m listening too.

    Changing my music can really affect my mood. Pandora has been very helpful in this regard. Last year around January, I decided to try listening to a genre I’d never really explored before, and I had a lot of fun discovering new songs/artists. It really kept the winter from feeling unbearably stagnant.