Tuesday, November 12, 2019
7 Signs Youre Stuck in a Rut (and Need to Make a Change Today)
7 Signs Youâre Stuck in a Rut (and Need to Make a Change Today) 7 Signs Youâre Stuck in a Rut (and Need to Make a Change Today) Sometimes, itâs hard to notice when weâre stuck in a rut. You could go through the dull, numbing pain of everyday activities and not feel any desire to change anything. After all, as humans we have the amazing ability to adapt and cope with nearly any situation. The downside though, is that we get used to things that make us unhappy. Ideas or places we used to resist eventually become the same things we cling onto, not out of need or want, but out of familiarity. Here are some signs that you may be in a rut at work: 1. Itâs Hard for You to Get Worked Up or Excited About Anything A study by The Dana Foundation showed how people whoâre depressed perceive the world differently from others. When upbeat music was played, they were less likely to notice or become excited. Being stuck in a rut is like living in a muted world, where you see things in black and white rather than in vivid colors. Sometimes, itâs not our surroundings, but our perception that changes what the world looks like. 2. You Keep Reminiscing About the Past Everyone gets nostalgic from time to time. We like to think of pleasant, happy memories that evoke powerful emotions. But when those memories are used to substitute experiences in the present, itâs a sign that youâre stuck somewhere you donât want to be. While itâs tempting to look at the past through rose-tinted glasses, remember that there are good and bad memories, and a lot more in between the two. Donât let the past stall you in the present. 3. Your Health and Well-Being Arenât a Priority When you just donât care about anything, your inner thoughts get reflected on the outside as well. Maybe you stopped your daily exercise routine, you donât care about your appearance, or you donât bother eating healthily anymore. Falling into a rut is a gradual, downward spiral that affects all aspects of your life. By neglecting your well-being, you neglect all other aspects of your life. Bad experiences at work can carry over into our personal lives as well. If you havenât been taking care of yourself lately, think about why thatâs the case. 4. You Daydream About an Alternate Reality Escaping from time to time is perfectly fine and can be a good thing. Whether itâs by chatting with a co-worker, listening to good music, or finally getting away on vacation, doing something different helps break up our routine and lets us explore. But it may be time for bigger changes when you constantly think about being somewhere else rather than where you are right now. Be careful. Daydreaming too often can sabotage your long-term goals because it can act as a substitute for actually doing something to improve your situation. If you want to change your life, try to change your environment. 5. You Donât See the Purpose of Anything You Do Money alone isnât a very good motivator. In order to enjoy any form of work, there needs to a sense that what you do is rewarding or stimulating at least. Ask yourself: Are you growing or learning new skills in the work you do? If youâre starting to feel stagnant, itâs time to look for new roles or take on new learning opportunities. There arenât many things out there more frustrating than spinning your wheels in one spot. 6. You Find Yourself Feeling Unwell on a Regular Basis I once knew someone who was constantly suffering from stomach problems for nearly a year due to stress at work. After quitting, her stomach problems went away, and she has felt much better since then. Stress, unhappiness, or fatigue can cause us to feel physical pain, but we ignore them too often because we figure that illnesses can sort themselves out. Staying in a bad situation can deteriorate your health until itâs too late. 7. You Stay in a Situation Because You Believe Thereâs Nothing Else Out There Itâs a poor excuse to get stuck somewhere because you donât think there are any other alternatives. It becomes obvious when other people do it, yet we make all sorts of reasons for ourselves. When it comes to job hunting and finding great opportunities, we can become so fixated on obtaining that one thing that we think nothing else will do. We forget about the other possibilities that are just as good, or better. Open yourself to chance. When you explore multiple opportunities, you can see whatâs out there and give yourself different options to choose from. This article was originally published on Inc. It has been republished here with permission.