7 Easy Tips to Break Out of a Rut

James Logie

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Do you often feel you get stuck in a rut?

These days, it's hard to not feel like the days just all run together.

A lot of this is just life, and there is a lot of repetition throughout it. But if daily monotony has you feeling down, is there anything easy you can do to switch it up?

Fortunately, you don’t need enormous changes to break out of a rut.

Small, simple things done differently can be enough to break the monotony and create a short-term change.

Here are 7 simple ways to switch things up each day.

Tip #1. Change Your Phone Wallpaper

How many times do we pick our phones up a day? The quick answer is a lot. A great lock screen wallpaper is always nice to see.

It can be a picture of a loved one, an inspirational quote, or some stunning scenery.

The problem is, after a while — you don’t notice it anymore. It’s a minor change, but just changing your lock screen image is enough to create a fresh experience for a little while.

Every time you see it for the next few days, it will demand some attention, and this can help break up daily monotony.

Sometimes, it only needs to be a simple change like this to create a new stimulus.

Tip #2: Have A Different Breakfast

If you’re like me, you have the same breakfast pretty much every day. This is great for consistency — but it can get monotonous.

Instead of going for your regular breakfast choice; switch it up, completely.

Try something entirely new, or have dinner for breakfast. Again, these are about small, simple changes to create some uniqueness in the day instead of the same-old-same-old.

This can be a great time to try out a new recipe or have some food that you have never tried before. it's all about creating new experiences--and that can help get you out of a rut.

A different breakfast will start the day on a fresh note and can help influence the rest of your day.

Tip #3. Take a New Route to Work

I know you want to get where you’re going as quickly as possible — but the same daily commute can be the ultimate in monotony.

To break things up, try taking an alternative route to work for a few days.

Have you noticed that when you get to work — or get home each day — you don’t even remember driving to get there?

This is your brain on autopilot and it’s not taking in your surroundings.

Switch things up and create a new stimulus in your day by taking an entirely different route to where you have to go.

Tip #4. Park in a Different Spot

This piggybacks off of the last point. I’m certain that whenever you go to work, or out to shop — you always park in the same area.

This is normal because we are creatures of habit. To create a new stimulus in your day, park in an entirely different spot.

This will engage your brain more because it won’t be on autopilot. A slight change in the environment can be enough to break you from monotony.

It can also help to park farther away from your work as the extra walking helps get in those extra steps. The more time you can spend active--the better your mental health will be for it.

Tip #5. Switch Up Your Exercise

This piggybacks off the last point and getting in some extra activity each day.

Are you exercising each day? Hopefully, you are, and is a great thing to alter to bring more variety to your life.

Consistent exercise is important, but doing the same thing day in and day out can get stale and repetitive.

This is the time to take on a new workout routine. Try exercises you’ve never done before. Give yoga a shot if you’ve never done it. Instead of your regular daily run — go for a hike.

If you take the same route when you walk each day — try a new one. This will create a new stimulus for your mind because of the changing scenery.

This can open your mind open more, help creative thinking, and help get you out of that rut.

Tip #6. Try a New Coffee Order

Whatever your beverage of choice is in the morning — it’s probably the same thing every day. To create some new stimulus in the day: go for an entirely different order.

This is the time to try that unique tea or coffee you’ve always wanted to try. This opens you up to new experiences.

Even if it’s not what you hoped, it’s still a new experience — and this is key to break out of a rut.

Tip #7. Wear a New Fragrance

You probably notice when you put on a new fragrance for the first time, it’s all you can smell. It’s new, unique, and stimulating. But after a while, you have no idea you are even wearing it.

Our bodies get so accustomed to things like this that our brains eventually shut them out.

To break up daily monotony, keep a few different fragrances on hand so you can cycle through them.

I often do this with fragrances, deodorants, even kinds of toothpaste. It’s all about creating an unfamiliar experience to keep you engaged in the day.

These small daily experiences can make things feel less monotonous if you go through a rut.

Final Thoughts

The small minutiae in the day that can make it feel monotonous.

But you don't have to make gigantic life-changes to keep things fresh.

Instead of running on autopilot, try out a few of these tips to create that small — and important — change each day.

It’s all about keeping your mind active and engaged. Following the same daily routine may feel comfortable, but if you want to break out of a rut — it’s time to switch things up.

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