Getting out of a rut
Crisp autumn days…falling leaves…a bite in the air. Blah blah blah. I’m not really a fallophile.* The darkening days and increasing downpours can get me into a funk.
Evenings, I tend hide away in my TV bunker, immersed in endless hours of Nashville, Scandal, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Castle, Chicago Fire, Grey’s Anatomy… You get the picture.
Beyond the odd movie or dinner with friends, I start to wonder: there has to be more to life than this, right?
That’s when I decide it is time get out of my rut and do something new. Create rememberies, to quote my friend Lauren. I find that even making one small change, doing that one new thing, can have a positive impact on my mood and entire outlook.
Here are a few ways I use to get out of my funk:
Take a class
And I don’t mean advanced astro-physics. Even a new exercise class at the community centre can mix things up. In the spring, I took archery lessons. Just four classes, but it took me out of my comfort zone and it was a lot of fun. I just tried a pilates class and I’m going to try a Tabata circuit class too. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
Go to a live event
As per above, my go-to entertainment is usually TV shows and movies. But recently I’ve been going to see various talks, Fringe festival plays and the like. And the best part is, these sorts of things don’t have to be expensive. It makes me realize how much is going on in my town and that I need to take advantage of it.
Cooking also works, but I like to bake cookies and muffins when I need cheering up. (There’s a reason why the scent of freshly baked cookies helps sell houses.) This type of baking is usually foolproof. One note, don’t eat it all. That will just make you more depressed. Give some away, and then you can tap into the whole “making other people happy makes you happy” thing. If you’re feeling really ambitious, try making candy. It’s humbling.
Being organized can give you a sense of control, not just over your belongings, but over our life too. (It may be a false sense of control, but I embrace it!) Even if it’s just a drawer, clean it out. I like to tackle my closets this time of year. The garage is also on the list for next weekend.
Take a walk
My dog gets me out of the house every day, rain or shine. And while I dread heading out in a downpour, I find that each and every time I get out there, my spirits are lifted. Getting a dog helps too, but I know not everyone can do that.
In funkdom, it’s easiest to say no. Vow to say yes this week. To that coffee with friends, that networking event, Friday drinks with colleagues. You never know where it may lead. I recently had coffee with a woman I met through a fundraising event and I learned that she volunteered with animals abroad. It was inspiring. (More on this to come.)
Got any “get out of a rut” tips? I’d love to hear them. I need to make it all the way through until spring.
*Yes, a made up word and this blog is full of them. I’m taking the opportunity to suggest that the plural of incidences should be incidy (rhymes with multiply.) Would be a lot easier to say.
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