How to get out of a rut
(It is simpler than you think!)
It isn’t just a literal term of being wedged between two objects unable to get free. It is also a feeling we have all experienced. We feel like we don’t know which way to go or we feel paralyzed to make any sort of decision. This can apply to motherhood, career, relationships, health, etc.
I feel like I experience this overwhelming feeling of stuck-ness at least once a year. I get to a point where I feel like I am just hitting my head against the wall and I can’t seem to break free.
I have tried exercise, and emotionally eating, eating healthy, browsing Pinterest for an article such as this, changing my hair, shopping sprees… And none of it works long term. It probably doesn’t help for more than a couple of hours, if I am being honest.
The one thing that has helped me to get unstuck, break free, move forward in a direction better than I ever thought possible is this-
CREATE SOMETHING EVERY DAY!
How in the world is this going to help me Stefani? This seems way too simple…
Will it solve all of your problems? No.
What it will do is help you to get out of your own way.
I believe that when you are creating, you are moving closer to God. He is the master creator. The One who created it all. When you utilize your human right and ability to create something, you are moving closer to Him and tapping into your true potential as a human being.
So what are some easy ways to be creative, you ask? WELL, Susan, let me pull out my trusty list of things that can easily get those creative juices flowing.
- Make a new recipe.
We all have to eat, right? So take the time you were already going to spend in the kitchen and make something new. Better yet, make it up! Look in the fridge and see what you can whip up. It may be a royal fail but it could also become a new family favorite. Regardless of the outcome, you tried something new.
2. Use your phone and take a beautiful picture.
Go outside or take a picture of the fresh flowers on your table. Even snapping a new photo for your Facebook profile picture. Take the time to make the picture beautiful to your standards. Sit down and edit the picture. This can help you see the beauty around you and can consequently bring about an attitude of gratitude.
3. Write a letter.
Sit down and write a letter to someone you love. This can be a great way to express your feelings and to get those creative juices flowing.
4. Put the markers to the paper
Drawing can be a great way to just loosen up. These aren’t drawings that you will most likely keep and don’t worry about perfection. This exercise is simply for you to play with color and movement. It helps you get out of your head.
5. Child’s play
I have a 3-year-old daughter who loves to play with chalk, play dough, paint, and anything else that can create a royal mess. So when I am feeling stuck, I suggest one of these activities and we get to work making a royal mess. We both get the creative juices flowing and our relationship grows stronger. Simply molding a caterpillar out of play dough or drawing a rainbow on the driveway will help you move forward. Trust me.
Moral of the story? Create something that will help you get out of your own way. It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece, Pulitzer Prize winner, or Michelin Star concoction. It just needs to be made by you. It will wake you up to the the beauty that’s around you. It will get you inspired again to move forward in life, love, career, and faith. It will help you feel grounded and present. At the very least, give it a try and let me know how it worked for you!