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Enuff Said - Help I’m Stuck In A Rut

Updated on May 9, 2020
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Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.

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Stuck In Rut

We are dealing with strange times. Those who are not essential workers are for the most part are told to shelter in place. Which we have been doing for over two months.

Lately I’ve found myself stuck in a rut. Being in a rut is not a good thing. I find myself taking too many naps, watching reruns of reruns on HGTV and the Food Network or horror of horrors actually doing things on my honey do list.

For those of you who don’t know what a honey do list is, it is a list your spouse makes up which never seems to end, but that is fodder for another article.

What I need is something to get my you know what in gear. Don’t worry I’ve done extensive research and have come up with some great ways to get out of a rut.

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Get A New Attitude

First, get a new attitude. Being in a rut is all about your attitude. Once you’re stuck in a rut you develop this mental block which keeps saying to you over and over again I’m stuck in a rut and it feels good. This is not a good place to be so you need to work on changing your thought pattern. A good idea would be to try and write down some positive thoughts on some three by five cards and try repeating them to yourself each day.

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Diane Helentjaris | Source

Try A New Hobby

Second, try starting a new hobby. I am not talking about a sitting around hobby, I am talking about a hobby where you have to get up out the chair and get your you know what in gear. Maybe you could take up woodworking. Hey don’t groan, woodworking is actually a mentally stimulating activity, anyway if you don’t like woodworking well maybe you’ll like painting. The whole idea is to take you mind off of your rut. Me I started by doing some cartooning then made my way up to writing.

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Jeffrey Grospe | Source

Get Some Exercise

Third, get some exercise. Now you don’t have to go to a gym to get exercise you can walk around the block, you can jog, you can workout with one of those video classes on YouTube. The point is to get up, get moving and get out. Why exercise? Well I’m no doctor but I read somewhere that exercise stimulates the production of a happy chemical in your brain called endorphins. The more endorphins you have the better you will feel.

Closing Thoughts

These are only three suggestions for helping you get out of a rut. There are many others. Be reminded though they all involve getting up and moving about. Getting out of a rut involves doing. So good luck to you and here’s to getting out of your rut.

© 2020 Timothy Whitt

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    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Whitt 

      14 months ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for the kind words.

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      Jim Henderson 

      14 months ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

      The picture of the cat says it all. I sympathize! Enjoyed.

    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Whitt 

      14 months ago from New Jersey

      I know what you mean. My list is almost done. This will be the first summer I can relax instead of getting projects done.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Gondwana Land

      One thing I have to say about being confined to home is that the “honey do” list has become the “honey getting done” list. Good tips for breaking the boredom, I may actually try some cartooning too.

    • whittwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Timothy Whitt 

      14 months ago from New Jersey

      Yes, the key is to keep busy do something profitable for your mind.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hmmm. I have honeydew lists and doing out of a rut. Fun stuff if we let it be. Thanks

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