When life becomes boring, dull and routine, you know you are in a rut.
Whether you work a desk job, in retail sales or even own your own business, it is easy to fall into a pattern of sameness that makes your life feel somewhat meaningless. But it doesn’t have to. By focusing on key areas of your life, you can overcome your rut-dom and learn to get more out of the game of life.
In fact, getting out of a rut can be as easy as gaining a new perspective or going out of your comfort zone to do something life inspiring. Or, just taking time for you!
Here are some simple solutions to help you break free of your rut and start experiencing life again:
Take a Class in Something You Enjoy.
Signing up for classes is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and do something you really enjoy. Choose classes in gardening, sewing, pottery, painting, jewelry making, cooking or some kind of sport, like tennis. Some classes are even offered for free by local community or government organizations. A fun class will give you something to look forward to.
Join an Organization.
Is there an organization that shares your interests? If you enjoy politics, consider joining the League of Women Voters (not just for women anymore). The environmentally conscious can get involved in environmental activities through the Sierra Club. Professional organizations like the Coffee Club offer chances to meet other professionals and membership is free. Look for organizations in your area.
Start or Join a Club.
If you like to read, start or join a book club. If you like to hike or bike, find others who do too. How about a writing club? A pet lovers’ club? A baking club?
Change Your Before-and-After-Work Routine.
If you eat a bowl of cold cereal every morning, skip it and stop off for a cup of coffee and a bagel before you go to work. Get up early to meet a friend for a bite and cheerful conversation before you begin the day. Take a different (perhaps longer, but more scenic) route to your job.
Instead of going home after work to eat in front of the TV, surprise a friend or loved one with take out. If you have kids, instead of ordering a pizza, pack sandwiches and go to the park.
There is nothing like helping those less fortunate to help you gain an appreciation for your own life. If you like children, you can participate in Boys & Girls Club or Big Brothers, Big Sisters. If you like helping the elderly there are programs like Seniors First and Meals on Wheels. Animal lovers can visit their local animal shelter or join a foster pet program. There are so many ways to help. Contact your local United Way or SPCA for more details.
Make Time for Yourself
Sometimes being in a rut means constantly doing for others and not taking time to care for and pamper yourself. Schedule some time even if it is just once a week to do something for you. Whether you meditate, watch a movie or just soak in a bath, it will be your time alone.
A little change can make a big difference in keeping life interesting. Put just a little more effort into life and you will be surprised how much you can get out of it.