We’ve all been there before. It doesn’t matter if you’re a SAHM, WAHM, Working Mom, or just tired AF! Especially during this time of year when everything seems to come crashing/colliding all at once. Your routine has become dull and unproductive and you’re looking to change but, it’s hard. What if I told you that it’s easier than you could have imagined? Are you listening now? Here are my top 4 strategies to get out of a rut and end your year on a high note.
Tip #1: Exercise. Now this is hard for some of you because maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve stretched or you just had a baby. But seriously, this number one tip helps out a lot if you can just take 10 minutes out of your day to just stretch or do a few crunches you will start to feel a whole lot better. You remember the scene in the movie, Legally Blonde, where Reese Witherspoon’s character, Elle Woods, argues that, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.” Well, she’s right! Every time I’m mad at my husband, I think of that scene and I go work out and then I’m over what we just argued about. You should try it.
Tip #2: Have a vision board and keep it in an area that you come across a lot. It could be your foyer or your office workspace. Just having a board helps you vision your goals and how to accomplish them. It’s a nice reminder of how far you’ve come and how far you still need to go. Keep it fresh and uncluttered so you’ll always be reminded of what you’re working towards.
Tip #3: Keep some inspirational books or magazines handy. I like to keep a stack of books on my fireplace mantel. Whenever I need a little inspiration, I just reach for them. It’s convenient and I can rotate them when I feel like it. Some inspirational literature I keep on the shelf is: The Magic of Motherhood (now on sale on Amazon for under $12 dollars) and The Magnolia Journal magazines.
Tip #4: Have structures such as a rock that reminds you of your favorite vacation spot and how cool it would be to travel there often or even live there. I keep magnets of all the places that we’ve visited and they’re all on my refrigerator door. It makes me smile when I see them and it motivates me to set goals so I can travel back to those places or make new memories and cross off places on my bucket list.
How often do you find yourself in a rut and what strategies do you have to overcome them? I’d love to hear new and exciting ways since it seems like I always have more than one phase.