We’ve all been there. Mornings where you find it exceptionally hard to get out of bed, days that feel sluggish, nights that you’d rather stay in but struggle to fall asleep. Without a doubt, this would result in unproductive days and built-up frustration if this state persists. There are a number of reasons that could be the cause – burnout, boredom, or simply the weather. Or maybe at this time of the year, it might very well be the post-vacation blues.

If you find yourself in this situation in the new year, below is a list of ways that you can implement to get yourself out of the rut.

  1. Get Your Basics Down
    By basics we mean these – food, exercise, and sleep. Eat well-balanced meals and at the appropriate times. Try not to skip breakfast or delay your lunch as much as possible. Fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week. Know that even if you feel tired after work, it is more often than not mental exhaustion – not physical. Exercising ‘mindlessly’ actually frees your mind and elevates your mood greatly. You’ll feel a lot better after. Get in seven to eight hours of quality sleep. This helps to reset your mind and body. Don’t stay up late unnecessarily. Constant loss of sleep will take a toll on your mental and physical health. With a healthy sleep schedule, you will improve the quality of your waking life.
  2. Express Your Emotions
    Be it through writing, drawing, or even singing. Never try to repress the emotions. Acknowledge what you are feeling and identify them. It could be anger, frustration, guilt etc. Work your way through the emotions. Talk to someone about it. It might not even be your usual confidante. They might offer you a different viewpoint that can change your perspective on things, or straighten things out when you’re blinded by your cluttered mind. Expressing these feelings would also lighten the emotional and mental load.
  3. Use Motivational Quotes
    Sometimes you come across something that resonates with you so deeply that you cannot say it better yourself. If you find a phrase that strikes you particularly, write it down, make it your wallpaper, or have it as your status on Whatsapp or Instagram. Make it your credo. Keep it somewhere visible that can be a constant reminder to keep you going. It may not necessarily be a ‘quote’ quote – you know, from a notable figure. It could just be something you heard someone said on the street, but something significant and meaningful to you nonetheless.
  4. Switch Things Up
    Maybe you’ve sat at the same position at work for way too long. Things have become so routine, you feel downright uninspired. If so, change it. If you work on a laptop, bring it out and work somewhere else – a cafe, a park, anywhere. If possible, you could even try to switch places with a willing colleague. Even though technically you’re in the same environment, the new position and the different view can be a refreshing change and trigger new ideas. Other than your work station, you can also restyle your wardrobe. We’re not saying to have a full-on makeover, just a new haircut or bright prints if you’re fond of dark solids can have a prominent effect on your mind and emotion.
  5. Count Your Blessings
    This is a sure way to lift your spirits. Have gratitude. Despite your current circumstances, you can always find a reason to be thankful for. Things that you’ve gained, things that you’ve lost, things that you have, and even things that you don’t have. Believe that everything happens for a good reason. Listing these can remind you of what you are capable of achieving, and motivate you to achieve more.
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