I try to perceive my life and situations in a way that helps me have more control, which isn’t always. However, there are some practical ways for moving ourselves out of an emotional rut outlined below:
- It’s important to convince yourself that the feeling will pass. If you see it as a temporary phase, your thoughts will recognise that it is a temporary phase and that should take the pressure off;
- We’re less likely to want to socialise, but socialising is a good tool for breaking the habit of exclusion when we’re in an emotional rut;
- Exercise is known to release a ‘feel good factor’ hormone and while exercise can be a challenge for those of us in an emotional rut, it is generally beneficial. Exercises such as jogging; swimming or walking are all good choices;
- Changing your routine can help. Even one small change can help you clamber out of an emotional rut;
- Instead of waiting for something big to happen, taking little but small steps will make an improvement on how you feel. In the longer term it’s the small steps that will improve our own attitude towards a better quality of life. Being proactive helps.
There are no right or wrong ways of doing this; it’s whatever works for you. It’s important to know that you’re in a rut, be proactive and try to take back some form of control.
Once you have control you can put your own stamp on what you do and when you do it. In my view that is what matters.