In a rut? Tired of the same old recipes or food, workout, or daily routine. Do you struggle to lose weight, meet your deadlines at work, or make it to the gym? Are you going through the motions without living each moment to its fullest?
If so, it’s time to embrace a change!
I tend to be a “creature of habit” and have fallen head first into a “rut” before I barely realized it. Have you been there? Do you feel stuck, uninspired, and ready to embrace change? If so…read on…
Julie’s 4 Tips for Digging Out Of a”Rut”:
- Change Your Routine: Visit a new local farmer’s market, find a different fitness class, cook a new recipe, or catch up with an old friend. Get out of your normal routine and switch it up! A couple weekends ago, I needed to make an intentional change. This lead me to a new fish monger who sold me some gorgeous grouper (Sarasota Farmer’s Market), cooked a new recipe, ran into an old friend, and made 2 new ones! I was “OPEN” and sometimes that is all it takes. Change can turn around the day, uplift your mood, and make way for opportunities!
- Try Something New: I have always held to the adage that to grow… you have to get out of your comfort zone. This is easier for some than others. However, challenging our brain and bodies broadens your horizons and life experiences. You also improve your ability to process change, build self-efficacy, and boost confidence. Try a new hobby, start planning that dream vacation, join a book club (yes, they still exist!), or even better…get involved in an organization that gives to others. Often if you give, you receive so much more…what better way to dig right out of that rut!
- Turn on Positivity & Gratitude: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”~ Proust. Stop focusing on your struggle and problem. Instead, make a list of all the things you are grateful for. Certainly happiness is influenced by genes and external circumstances, but up to 40% comes from how you approach your life. The idea of thankfulness seems simple, but surprisingly it is quite powerful! How will you foster more gratitude each day? For some ideas check out my blog on Gratitude. Really want to increase your happiness factor…check out this on-line course to “awaken joy”!
- Know Your Strengths: You have specific strengths that make you special and unique. Identifying and using your strengths on a daily basis have been shown to help deal with life’s challenges and achieve personal and professional outcomes. Your strengths are those that come naturally to you. They help you stay engaged and joyful…allowing you to thrive in life. This has been proven by research in the field of Positive Psychology. Check out one of my favorite websites and take the VIA Strengths Survey to find out YOUR special strengths!
“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive” (~Edith Wharton) …and live abundantly!
So true! Let’s allow our habits to keep us healthy, but embrace opportunity for change when we fall into a rut.
Searching for inspiration, opportunity, and a fresh change to transform your health?
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Keep living abundantly,