Nearly everyone would agree with the statement that life is tough. There are so many things we need to juggle to maintain ourselves and our lives. That’s why it’s easy to fall into a droned mindset where we focus solely on getting the work done. When this mindset settles in, we can lose our connection to our surroundings and ourselves. Here’s how to stop yourself from going through the motions and bring yourself back to life.
Journal Your Feelings
When we find ourselves in a rut where the days feel like a copy of one another, we know something needs to change. There can be many reasons we feel this way, but a common reason is a growing disconnection from our inner-self. Throughout our journey, we may lose that spark that drives us forward—it’s OK, it happens.
The good news is you can find that fire once more through journaling. Journaling brings us an opportunity to slow down and contemplate the day before or behind us. It allows us the time to connect with ourselves, our emotions, and our hearts, stopping us from feeling like we’re going through the motions.
Consider Your Space
It’s easy to disregard the fact that our surroundings have an effect on our mindset, but they do. As we go about our days, whether at work or home, we will tend to see the same surroundings for years on end. What’s more, we might find clutter building up slowly, which can easily affect our productivity and focus.
You might find a little adjustment, tidying, or reorganizing here and there is all you need to gain a new perspective. As such, consider switching your furnishing around or revamping your décor for a fresh start. You may also benefit from reorganizing and cleaning your workstation as this can help clear your mind.
Do What You Enjoy
When one has a severe case of going through the motions, they might notice a lack of enjoyment in their life. They might assume there’s no time for it, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Enjoyment makes life worth living and helps take us out of the monotony. Finding the joy in life when you’ve felt stuck can be challenging, but it’s not impossible.
Start with the small things, like sitting down to relish your morning cup of tea or taking a hot bath at the end of the week. When you experience more joy throughout your day, you are better able to find it. These tiny moments of happiness can open the door that leads to more profound and exciting experiences.
Dianne Pajo is a Certified Personal Trainer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her outdoors and performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.