Initiating long-term change can be tough.
It takes conscious effort, but it can be done. If you start with some of these rituals, they will slowly but surely start to become habit as you ease them into your daily routine.
Five ways to get out of your rut
1. Set your alarm earlier
Early mornings are the most peaceful time of day. We often don’t experience them, but when we do it’s a quiet, calm, tranquil and meditative time.
Take some time to just sit and enjoy the early morning silence.
Also, by waking early, you won’t worry about being late or rushing out of the house, setting yourself up for a great day ahead.
2. Take a morning walk or run
A morning outdoor exercise routine allows you to properly wake up, allow the cool air to hit you. At this time there are less people on the streets, you can experience the start of the day quietly and calmly.
3. Eat a full, healthy and nutritious breakfast
Starting the day off with a healthy yet delicious breakfast is a great start to the day.
Having some fruit or some oats and yoghurt, or for the more savory-tooth of us, perhaps some rye bread with eggs or an omelet, or even a smoothie. Not only will it start your day off to a great start, but it is an incentive to wake up early for something delicious.
4. Give genuine compliments
We have all been given a compliment and felt our hearts brighten and our day improve.
Why not do that for someone else?
Treat others how you would like to be treated. We all know a fake compliment when we hear one-so look for the positive, and tell someone a genuine positive compliment: you’ll make their day.
5. Spend time alone
We are all so focused on our jobs, families, responsibilities.
It’s important to take some time to be alone. Reflect on your day, or just take time to breathe. Most importantly, pay attention to where you are at, your physical, mental and emotional state.
One final thought
Getting out of your rut starts with making a commitment to yourself.
And remember, we all get stuck in a rut sometimes. The point is not to let that get you down, get up and get recommitted to yourself one step at at a time, and one day at a time.
Find time during each day to reflect on the positive steps you made to shake things up… for the better.
After all, you’re worth it.