How to Manage the Feeling of Being Stuck in a Rut

It’s happened to all of us…you plod along and before you know it, you’ve fallen into a routine.

Most people will find comfort and clarity in the expected.

Except, you don’t find it fulfilling. It’s almost as if you’re stuck in a rut, unable to break free.

You know you’re not physically trapped, but the metaphorical ‘stuck’ can be just as debilitating.

It’s easy to brush off these feelings – make excuses that you’re, “Overexaggerating,” or that the situation, “Will pass.”

Waiting for anything to ‘pass,’ rather than taking some action to see that it does, won’t help you to improve your wellbeing. Especially when you feel as if you’re running but always ending up in the same spot.


It’s human nature to trivialise. But it’s not helpful. This behaviour is exactly what tethers you to the spot.

The first step towards breaking any behaviour, or stopping a feeling from manifesting, is by acknowledging it. And only then can you begin to work through it.

But how?!

Having a Sense of Purpose

When you lose your drive, or find yourself uninspired, or unmotivated, it’s critical to find a sense of purpose. Once you find that purpose, you’ll need to put in the work to maintain it.

And it’s easier than you may think!

Some people find their purpose through work, others through their relationships, and some people get their sense of purpose by planning for the future. Whatever you choose is fine. Remember, though, that it’s got to work best for you, not someone else.

Make Small Changes

It can be tempting to make lots of big changes. This might sound like the perfect remedy, in theory, but can quickly become overwhelming. Making it difficult to stick to anything.

Making smaller, more manageable changes will mean the process is easier to stick to.

Not only this, but it will also help you recognise when something isn’t working. Allowing you the time and space to adjust any changes to better suit you.  

Take Time for Yourself

This is a tip that’s been shared before – because it’s vitally important. Conduct regularly check-ins with yourself and make sure you’re taking time to look after your well-being.

Good self-care practices help refresh your mind and body. In my new Book ‘How to Be Your Own Therapist,’ there are targeted tasks that only take ten minutes a day. Helping you to get the best from your life and manage better in tough times.

Take care, look after yourself and I’ll speak to you soon


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Feeling stuck in a rut