How to Get Out of a Rut
When we moved into our house (yay for almost nine months!) I was so happy to have a walk-in closet. We are actually really lucky because there are two closets in the bedroom. But I of course took the walk-in closet and it is FULL. Would you expect anything less from a style blogger? However, in recent months, I'm basically a hamster on a wheel. Despite my closet full of clothes, I find myself reaching for the same pieces over and over again. Every morning I get up and pull on gray or black pants, a neutral top, and a cardigan to layer. Every. Single. Day. I am stuck in a rut.
April should be known as national “stuck in a rut” month. Every person I talked to had some sort of rut they were in: creative ruts, style ruts, work ruts, and more. Thank goodness May is here! And things are going to change right?
Despite the change of month, you might still be stuck. This week, despite the gorgeous weather, I wore black pants for at least three of the days. It's that hamster-on-a-wheel syndrome: working and working but not making any changes. Whether your rut is style-wise like mine or creative or just a plain, old routine rut, there are a few ways to kick it in gear and get going. (Or get the hamster off the wheel, so to speak.)
Break your routine.
Routines are great because it helps us get stuff done. But sometimes it can hold us back. Every morning I get up at the same time and start thinking about what I’m going to where for the day. I am no morning person (despite reading 100 posts about how to become a morning person) and cannot function no matter how much sleep I got. So my brain is not ready to handle my huge closet that early and I revert back to the easiest pieces in my closet. To break the cycle I did what I do best: I planned. I write down a plan of what I want to wear on a post-it note and stick it in my closet. It’s pretty simple, despite having to check the weather sometimes so I can be prepared.
So take a walk during lunch if you usually sit at your desk to give your brain time to decompress. Write a short story instead of pounding away at that novel. Routines are great but sometimes we have to break them to find our motivation.
Go out and explore the world.
I am like a hibernating bear during the winter season. I love our cozy home, Netflix, and my incredible aerie sweater leggings. But I know that doing and seeing the same things every day makes the mind go numb. We need inspiration and the only way to get that is to get out!
While you might be like why get out when I have Pinterest, when you're stuck in a rut you need more. Pinterest is nothing compared to a walk around the neighborhood, people watching at a local coffee shop, or if you're lucky, taking in a whole new city or neighborhood. Colors, textures, and movement are all part of great style and can be pulled from the world around you. So turn off Netflix and get out of the house!
Take a day just for you.
I’m one of those people who loves taking a day off but never does. Part of it is because it’s really hard to take off as a teacher. Part of it is just feeling this overwhelming need to get everything done. The thing is, work will never be “done”. There’s always going to be a new project, a new thing to learn, or something unavoidable popping up. If you’re really stuck, it might time to take a mental health day from work or life and do something totally new. Super lucky people could grab a plane ticket for a long weekend but my favorite activities include going to a diner for breakfast or sitting on the patio and reading a good book. Having a self-care day helps you get out of your head for a bit. Then you can see the world with freshly renewed eyes.