If you feel stuck in your life, whether this is in your job, in your relationship, or just in general, it can be hard to seek a way out. This becomes even trickier if you don’t really know why you are feeling so stuck in a rut. The sensation of feeling low, down and unhappy doesn’t always have a clear cause. This is why trying to find a new and more positive way of living your life can be so tough. Some strategies will work for some people that will do absolutely nothing for others. However, there are a series of actions that you can take to try and get yourself out of a rut.
Being stuck doesn’t have to be a chronic condition unless you let it manifest in this way. Becoming complacent and allowing yourself to plod along may work for a little while, but it won’t have you feeling fulfilled. No one else will pull you out of this rut apart from you, so it’s time to be a little more proactive and try these three simple ways to get your life moving forward once again.
Change Up Your Career
For some people, being stuck in a rut means being stuck in a job that they despise. Their job may bore them to tears, they may have a demanding and overbearing boss, or they simply have no enthusiasm for the work that they are doing. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to do something about it. You need to change your career. This is easier said than done. However, if you invest in yourself, you could find yourself in a new role within twelve months.
Changing careers means undertaking some new training. This could mean upskilling your current resume, or opting for a whole new career direction altogether. Many people leave teaching or advertising or finance to become doctors, lawyers or florists! Perhaps you fancy having a go at enrolling at the University of Southern California and studying for a law degree. Or perhaps you want to head to evening college to learn a language and become a translator. In your thirties and forties, it’s time to reassess what is important to you in your job. If it’s not financial remuneration, then enjoyment and passion and job satisfaction are what comes out on top. This is why you need to work in a role that will leave you fulfilled and happy.
Feeling stuck in a rut mentally can be helped by becoming more free physically. If you haven’t seen much of the world but you’re always keen to scratch a wanderlust itch, perhaps now is the time to hot foot it onto a plane and take off on a great adventure. Think about where you want to go in the world and go for it. Maybe you want to trek the Inca Trail, climb Mont Blanc or walk across a glacier in Iceland. Whatever it is that you want to do, nothing is out of your grasp; you simply need the courage to give it a go.
Heading overseas can be expensive so it requires plenty of preparation. If you are currently doing well in your job and you earn a decent wage, stick with it for the time being. Make yourself a personal budget and stick to it, putting a big chunk of your hard earned cash into savings. This is your funding pot for travels. Begin to prepare your travel schedule and decide on the cultures you want to immerse yourself in, the people you want to meet and the vistas that you want to see. While you won’t need to micromanage every aspect of your trip, it’s a good idea to have a skeleton itinerary. This can excite you and give you something to look forward to as you head into work every morning. Being stuck in a rut means having few things bright on the horizon. Planning a far flung trip changes all of this.
If you’ve never embarked on solo travel before, you will soon realize how daunting yet rewarding this can be. While you always keep your safety a priority, it’s vital that you embrace the freedom that traveling alone affords. You will meet some like minded souls on your time away, and the chances are that these will be friends for life. You will return home a changed person. This often results in a new career, a new life direction and a new way of viewing the world.
Always pack yourself a forty liter front loading backpack. Forget the hard shelled suitcases on wheels. These are great for your fortnight in Spain in an all inclusive resort, but not if you are constantly on the move and traveling across continents. Enjoy walking onto the plane with your backpack and taking everything you need in one holdall. The traveling life takes some getting used to but it can be fun, freeing and result in you breaking free from your rut.