The subconscious mind controls around 95% of everything you do in a day.
You wake up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and go to work on autopilot.
As the saying goes, “You could do it in your sleep.”
These activities don’t require conscious thought… and that’s a good thing.
If you had to actively think about everything you do in a day, you’d be exhausted.
At the same time, doing the same things over and over, every day, for years, can send you into a rut.
When you always stick to the same routine, the same neural grooves in your brain are reinforced, and it’s easy to begin feeling bored and tired.
We all need novelty to stay engaged and happy.
We need to switch it up, create new neural pathways, wake up our cells, and turn on our energy.
How can you do that?
If your daily life is feeling repetitive and boring, how can you break out of a rut?
It might sound complicated or exhausting to change your routine and create new neural pathways, but it can actually be pretty simple.
Here are five easy things you can do to break out of a rut and breathe new energy into your body and mind:
1. Switch up your routine.
Something as simple as taking a different route to work, setting up your laptop in a different spot at home, or eating a different breakfast can give you fresh energy.
The human operating system is pretty simple – we don’t always have to take big action to feel more alive.
Consider the things you “always do” – and consider doing a few of them differently.
It’s natural and healthy to crave variety at times.
If you’ve been in a rut, tomorrow try something you don’t usually do.
2. Get into nature.
Studies show that getting into nature can reduce anxiety and stress, and increase focus, creativity, and presence.
It can also reduce blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone production, and muscular tension.
Simply putting yourself in a different environment can have a huge impact on your body, without you having to do anything but soak it up.
Nature is also full of negative ions – which, paradoxically, are the good ones.
Negative ions recharge the body and help reduce stress and lethargy.
Technology, on the other hand, emits positive ions, which can make you feel drained and exhausted.
Balancing your time on the computer with time spent in nature is key to getting out of a rut, and reconnecting with what’s most important.
3. Do a social media detox.
Social media, on the other hand, can increase anxiety and stress, and decrease focus, creativity, and presence.
It has the opposite effect on your body and brain as being in nature.
Social media can also lead us to compare ourselves to other people.
It’s easy to forget that Instagram is truly a highlight reel, and not a full picture of someone’s life.
That comparison can make us feel super low, and intensify the feeling of being in a rut.
Taking just 5-8 hours, or one full day off social media makes a huge difference.
You’ll notice you feel happier, more relaxed, and more present.
4. Take a mini trip.
Putting yourself in a different environment can make you feel like a different person.
Getting out of your routine and seeing a new place – even if it’s only a few hours from home – can be super helpful in getting you out of a rut.
Experiencing a new place increases critical thinking, because you’re no longer in your subconscious routine.
It can also help you get your mind off stressful situations, so you can pause and reboot.
When you give yourself that space, your body and brain will actually be in a better place to think critically and come up with effective solutions.
5. Change your space.
Rearranging your home can make a huge difference in how you feel.
When you see the same things everyday, sit in the same place, and move in the same way in your environment, it’s easy to get into a rut.
Play with feng shui and notice how you feel when you move furniture around, freshen up your decorations, or throw away clothes you don’t really like.
If you feel like you’re in a rut, just focusing on 1-3 of these things can help shake things up and shift your energy.
Does it feel unclear whether you’re in a rut?
You might be in a rut if…
- You feel bored and tired, even though you’re sleeping enough.
- Nothing feels exciting anymore.
- You don’t spend as much time with your friends and family.
- You’re sleeping way too much.
- You’ve fallen out of your exercise routine.
- Every day feels the same to you.
- It feels like life is moving really fast.
- You feel unfulfilled and unmotivated.
The way modern life is designed, it’s pretty easy to get into a rut, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s easier than it feels at first to switch up your routine and start feeling different on a cellular level.
When someone is in a rut, what’s really going on is that their energy is off balance.
While the steps shared today will be helpful, helping someone restore their energy through bioenergetics is the biggest game-changer.
Founder, NES Health