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How To Pull Yourself Out Of The Rut And Promote Good Mental Health

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David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Falling into a rut is pretty common. Most people go through something similar in life. It’s the pulling yourself out of the rut that can be difficult. Each person will have different experiences. Some might have found it easy, while others might have endured a significant bout of trial and error before getting themselves to a happier and healthier place. It all relates back to mental health too. Being stuck in a rut for a long time isn’t good for your mental health. You’ll feel sad, and down in general. Feeling like you’re making forward progress comes with the added benefit of a mental health boost. Here are some top tips to help. You might have already tried some, or may think they aren’t suitable but they can at least get your brain working in the right way…which is targeting things which might help you.

See Something New

It’s an incredibly simple solution to the problem, but it doesn’t change the fact that seeing something new can work wonders for digging yourself out of your rut. This can range from something out there like deciding to volunteer abroad in Tanzania, to simply going to visit a few local beauty spots that you haven’t seen before. If you live somewhere that’s always raining, go somewhere hot, if you love somewhere hot do the opposite. It’s all about immersing yourself in something new. Give your brain something different to process. There’s a reason travel becomes pretty addictive. It really is that good. You’ll find inspiration, and something to motivate yourself to finally pull yourself out of the rut and start feeling good once again. If you don’t like travelling by yourself, consider going with family or friends. People you can talk to and open up to.

Focus On Exercise

Exercise releases a euphoric feeling that can give you a kick into feeling better about yourself. Also, the simple fact that you’re taking the right step to self betterment will leave you with a nice feeling. The side effects are of course pretty substantial. You’ll end up burning some fat and building muscle. There aren’t many drawbacks. You might have to pay for a gym membership, and you may also end up investing in something like a massage gun to help you recover and work out at a better pace. You can approach exercise in any way. Lifting weights, playing sports with friends or even just going out for a walk from time to time. Whatever route you take, you can be sure that exercise will help improve your physical and mental health.

Find A New Hobby

Maybe the old hobbies just aren’t cutting it anymore. Try something different. Something to completely and sufficiently engage your brain. It might be picking up a book again and trying to read. Maybe it’s writing, or painting. A lot of people have taken up gaming over the last couple of years and it’s also a good way to socialise on the side. If you’re having trouble finding a hobby, there’s nothing wrong with speaking to your friends and family and joining them in one of theirs. You can always try and browse some hobbies online and see if something takes your fancy. Finding something new can really give you something else to think about and focus on and can help pull you out of the rut you’re in.

Consider A Career Change

It sounds easy but leaving your job is always tough. However, if you can pinpoint that as being the main cause of your downside mental health, it’s going to be worth it. Think about what you most want to do in life. Maybe you want to put more effort into the promotion, perhaps you want to go it alone and make money online or maybe you want to set up your own business. You don’t have to do everything right away. It’s a slow burner game, but you’ll feel better at each stage. First, start doing some research which you’ll feel better for. Then position yourself for your new role. This means getting the experience, managing your time or studying for something new. Then you start applying. Each step is a step forward, a step away from the rut. You’ll feel infinitely better about yourself too which will do wonders for your mental health situation. Just don’t jump into anything. Don’t leave your job without another lined up or without a clear cut plan. Careful planning is the key to success when considering a career change.



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