Even the most smart, talented, and beautiful people like us can get into the occasional rut. I’m no Dr. Phil (though I do an excellent impression), but I have some ideas that could possibly get your motivational mojo back again. Let’s get you inspired again and rediscover the fire in your belly that just needs a little rekindling.
1. Play the Part
Fake it til’ you make it, baby!
2. Kids and the Elderly
No one lives life to the fullest more than kids, and the elderly just love company. A visit with these people can really boost your mood and theirs. Maybe even mentoring a kid could be the enrichment you need…
3. Try something new
The internet and library are great for this. Your local community education has cheap classes as well. I know I will be teaching group drum lessons for adults this winter!
Get those feelings and creative ideas out on paper. Hash out the past and dream up your future blue print.
5. Limit Facebook
Facebook and other social networks are great, but when you’re in a rut, sometimes they can be not so great. They have you refreshing the same info. of other people posting the same good things in their lives over and over again. But guess what? They are only showing the positive parts of their lives. They could be in a rut just as well. If we’re all on FB all the time, who’s out living?
6. Walk with your head up
This simple task can create amazing results. Just try it. Trust me.
Start slow. One thing at a time. I just started going on walks. It helps to have music along. Now it feels weird if I don’t go on one every day. It helps tremendously in getting the endorphins going.
8. Talk to someone who is working it
Chat with people who are really killing it right now. They can build you up and give you advice on how to focus and what they do when they get in ruts – because everyone gets in them from time to time. I ask my friend J.P. for advice a lot.
9. Send some letters
Everyone loves getting some snail mail that isn’t a bill or junk. Writing letters to close friends or friends you haven’t talked to in a while warms your heart and can even spark up friendships again. My goal is to try to send one letter a week to someone for either thanking them for something they’ve done for me in my life or to simply catch up. It’s great to tell someone how much you love them and it’s lovely to receive it.
10. Make lists and Organize
Making to do lists and organizing your space can help the flow of your life immensely. You know what they say, “A scattered something is a scattered brain.” That is true for me. I’m working on it.
11. See a counselor
If your symptoms are more severe, I would recommend seeing a counselor. I’ve done it and I don’t feel shame about it. You shouldn’t either. No one can get through this life by themselves and sometimes it’s nice to have a third party not directly involved in your life give you their perspective. It’s extremely cleansing. I would highly recommend it if you’re really struggling.