5 Ways to Get Out of a Rut

I’m stuck in a rut. It had taken me a long time, but I can admit that now. I’ve made some changes to try to get out of this hole my mind has seemed to be stuck in.

Here’s my list of 5 things to get you out of a rut:

1. Change your lifestyle

This sounds super drastic, but little changes, one at a time, work wonders in the long run. Nerd Fitness is a great option if you’re like me and you don’t feel like you fit into the conventional weight loss picture. Nerd Fitness has absolutely changed the way I look and and control my life. They taught me the power of small changes, the power of strength training, and power of Paleo, as well as the power of nerds (which we already knew). My favourite thing about the program and the website is the community that comes with it. The people I have met in the forums there have been so so soooo useful to keeping my goals and giving tips on how to make habit changes. In a way, every point on the list can come under the bigger title of changing my lifestyle.

2. Do something to relax yourself

For me, this is meditation. I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for the last 5 or 6 years of my life, so finding a way to control that is crucial to me. Meditation has helped me feel greater control over my body as well as relax me and give me strength for the rest of the day. I use the Smiling Mind app on my iPhone to do this daily. (Plus, the app is FREE)

3. Do something that will change you for the better

Another step I have taken to getting in control of my anxiety has been to practice yoga. I am very shy about my body, and also very poor with no transportation, so I do yoga in my living room. I try to aim for at least three times a week, and it has changed my stress levels dramatically. I absolutely love the classes on DoYogaWithMe. They’re free (though donating is encouraged) and range from beginner to advanced in many different branches of the yoga community.

4. Don’t hide it

This might be more important for people, like me, who are stuck in ruts as a symptom of depression. One of my problems with this is every time my depression rears its ugly head I feel ashamed that it is happening again and happening to me. Because of this, it took me far too long to reach out to the Dude and tell him what was going on and how I was feeling. The support has made loads of difference. I sent him this article 20 Things to Remember if You Love a Person with Depression. This helped him to understand what I was going through when I was not able to articulate the thoughts and feelings myself.

5. Take care of yourself

I’m taking it back to the basics here. I mean simple things like sticking to a hygiene routine of washing your face and brushing your teeth every night, drinking your favourite tea before bed, and reading just for fun. I find these little things can get lost in the mundane activities that never go away like washing the dishes or cleaning the toilet. Take time to pamper yourself with all the little things you love, whether it is a bath or a glass of wine, your body and your mind will thank you for it.

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Routines

Routines. Everyone has them.

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My latest life-project has been to set up better routines for myself. Little changes to make me healthier and happier, physically and mentally. As I’ve grown out of my teen years, and especially when I began living on my own, I started to realize the true importance of taking care of yourself, again, both physically and mentally.

One thing you should know about me is that I’ve suffered with depression and general anxiety disorder with panic attacks since I was in high school. I dealt with them horribly in high school and it wasn’t until my first year away from home in university that I realized what I was dealing with wasn’t normal teenage angst and that there was resources I could, and should, use. My biggest piece of advice to anyone in university, whether at home or away from home, is utilize the mental health services available to you. These services are FREE for students. I can honestly say with all certainty that these services saved me from dropping out of university, if not a worse fate.

That being said, routines have always been a way for me to overcome my depression in particular. If I have a routine and a set of things that have to be done in a certain way, then I have to get out of bed in the morning, I have to take care of myself. As I’m starting a new phase of my life now and am dealing with a lot of loneliness, I have found my depression creeping back into my life. Routines are what have been keeping me together and getting me out of bed in the morning.

One of the most useful tools I’ve found to maintaining and building new routines is HabitRPG. This is a website and app combo that make creating new habits fun! I am a huge nerd, so it has become really important to me to make sure I get my tasks and to-dos done before the end of the day (if you don’t complete them by midnight, your character loses HP!). I highly suggest this tool to help you set-up, get used to, and adjust your routines.

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My most important routine is before I go to bed. I’m one of those people that needs to get away from all electronics and really wind down before I go to sleep. About half an hour before I go to bed I brew up a cup of Sleepytime Tea. I go sit out on the balcony and I drink the tea while really focusing on my breathing. I’m beginning to learn to actively and consciously breathe and meditate to help deal with my anxiety and to avoid panic attacks. I usually spend about 20 minutes out there just looking out over the city and relaxing. Then comes the more tedious parts of the routine, washing my face, moisturising, and brushing my teeth. Only after that can I go to sleep content.

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What kind of routines do you guys have? Do you find them easy to keep or do you struggle with them? I’d love to hear from you!

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Starting a Thing

Welcome aboard!

You’ve stumbled upon The Caffinated Scholar – a blog of learned life lessons, important thoughts, and a bit of mindless drivel.

I’m your humble captain for this journey: Krystle

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I’m 20 years old and am starting Grad school in September (Master’s degree in History). I like my coffee black, my politics liberal, and my music poppy. This blog will be a little about everything in my life from school, to pop culture, to general life happenings.

Important Facts:

  • I love terrible TV. There’s nothing better than putting down an academic book and pressing play on the newest episode of [insert your favourite reality show].
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  • My music interests vary. Lately I’ve been on a kick of music marketed to pre-teens. To be completely fair, FOUR, the newest One Direction album is fantastic. I also own a record player and listen to a lot of older music, my favourites being Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, era of course). My boyfriend is a die-hard country fan, so it’s not odd to hear me listening to that also, Florida Georgia Line being my favourites there.
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  • I love Netflix. Everything about it. I love documentaries, I love action movies, and don’t even get me started on the shows I’ve marathoned.
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  • I eat (mostly) Paleo and am constantly on a journey to live a healthier lifestyle.
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I live with my boyfriend in a small tiny apartment in Peterborough, ON, Canada. He works full-time, and I spend a lot of time being bored. Peterborough is a city notorious for not having jobs and I’ve found it to be true. I start full-time school (including a job as a teaching assistant) in September, so here we are until then.

Please feel free to leave comments about anything you read! I would love to hear from you, and will try to get back to you personally as soon as possible.
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