The Classic Brunette: How To Get Out Of An Emotional Rut

Friday, November 6, 2015

How To Get Out Of An Emotional Rut



Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? What about when that day turns into a week or maybe even a month? You might be in an emotional rut. Many things can lead to these emotional ruts (as I like to call them), and sometimes it's just a case of bad timing, bad luck, or a combination of the two. 

I'm going to get a little more personal today, because I want you to know that although my life looks like sunshine and rainbows on here and my other social media, that's definitely not always how it really is. For the past few weeks I've gotten myself into what seems to be a little pit of emotion that I just can't seem to escape. If you follow me on Twitter, you've seen that I've had a cold for the last two and a half weeks, and that's where this all really started. I don't know exactly why, but everything seemed to just continue to pile on all at once. I had a week full of midterms, some personal drama with friends, and some internal issues that I had continued to push down for a while, but decided to come back up at the same time as everything else. I'm not the type of person to complain about my stress and actual issues going on in my life, so it just made it worse when I wasn't talking to anyone about what was going on. I decided to make a post about it because it isn't as uncommon as you think, and I want to give some tips to help those who may end up in the same place as I am.

Talk To Someone

For me it was my parents, mostly my mom because I happened to be texting her when all this stuff was happening, but really it can be anyone you trust. It can be your best friend, your roommate, your sibling, a teacher, a therapist, anyone who will listen and make your emotions heard. Even if you don't tell them exactly what you're going through, telling someone that you aren't feeling so good in an emotional sense can lift a little weight off your shoulders. I know it can be hard to share things with other people sometimes, it's one of the most difficult things for me to do, but I promise even if you just give a little it will help give you a little more peace of mind.

Write It Out

I have a personal journal that I use from time to time (I write outside of my blog?!) to get out everything that's bothering me. If I don't want to share details with anyone I'll write it all in there and again it's just another way to force out whatever emotion you're feeling from being bottled up inside you.

Take A Hot Shower

It's a weird tip, but it helps. It soothes all the muscles in my body (especially when I'm sick!) and de-stresses me when I feel tense. It's my best thinking place, and when I'm in there I feel like I can organize all of my thoughts into where I want them to go. Obviously you can't just spend forever in the shower if you're having a bad day, but take a long one just to really clear your mind and loosen up your body.

Try Switching Up Your Routine

Feeling like everything around you is just uninteresting, or maybe you're just bored with your surroundings? See a new movie in theaters, go to a new restaurant, meet up with some friends you haven't seen in a while, do something that's fun but not something usually in your schedule. Make some time for yourself too, and do some things that always make you feel better!

These may not be the best tips in the world, but I wanted to do what I could to help people who have been where I am now, or end up where I am in the future. Life is stressful sometimes, and sometimes everything comes at you all at once at a rate where you feel like you're drowning. Remember keep your head above water and keep taking small steps to pull yourself out of the funk you're in.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for writing this. I'm also going through an emotional rut right now because of all the commitments I'm overloading on. I 100% support your tip on taking a hot shower. During a hot shower, it allows me to destress and have my worries be washed away (lol). After the shower, I feel energized and ready to tackle on whatever comes my way.
    I hope this emotional rut ends soon for you. <3
    -Kim
    www.simplybeingkim.wordpress.com

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  2. Hi Kim, I'm happy I could help you even just a little bit with this post! And yes the showers definitely re-energize me for whatever it is that I have to focus on next! I hope your rut ends soon for you as well. :)

    xo,
    Sami

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