I have been dealing with a little bit of winter rut lately. It’s like I can’t break free from it, no matter what I try. It’s tying me down, making me lethargic and with little desire to do anything. This happens almost every winter, but it’s feeling especially present right now – lingering, leeching itself into my routine almost every day.
This winter rut is also giving me some intense self doubt lately. I’ve been questioning almost everything I’ve been doing lately, dealing with a sense of gloom that’s hanging over my head. It’s really been bringing me down and it’s put me in a bit of a creative rut. I’m creating content, but sometimes it’s not feeling genuine. You may have noticed I’ve taken a step back from social media a little bit. Honestly, I was falling hard into the game of “likes” and it hasn’t been healthy for me or my creativity. So I’ve been taking a step back until I feel into it again.
I wanted to come up with some techniques to try and break free of this winter rut, and this is what I’ve come up with:
Diet and Exercise – there is nothing that will affect your mood like diet and exercise. My exercise routines have been consistent lately, but my diet could use some work. I want to try and eat healthier meals to boost my mood.
Cut Back on the Wine – Ohhhhh, I dislike this one very much. But, alcohol is a depressant and I really feel like its affects are intensified 10-fold in the winter. I’m not saying “no” to all wine, but rather, that there’s no reason to have a glass 3 nights during the week. Still, it will be tough. I just . . . love wine.
Writing – I used to love writing, journaling, anything. Last winter when I was in this funk, I journaled almost every night and it really did help. For some reason – likely because the weather improved at the same time as my mood – I stopped. I think I’m going to try and pick it back up.
Plan It Out – We shot some content this weekend that frankly, it felt really forced. This rut has drained me of my creative juices. After shooting a really bad video, Joe turned to me and said “It sounds like you just need to have a plan.” And he’s right. When I started the blog, I would spend time each week writing out my goals and ideas. It’s time to get back to that.
Get Out & DO – It’s so hard to get out of the house when it’s freezing outside. I want to curl up on the couch, with my phone, scrolling through social media. But getting out into the world and having real world, human interaction can be so powerful. Social media is toxic. Especially with blogging, it’s a constant comparison game that I feel like I’m always losing. But whenever I’m out and about, doing something, I don’t notice those things. I’m too busy enjoying life. So, even when I don’t want to, I need to get out of the house.
So that’s my plan, and hopefully you can incorporate some of these if you’re struggling as well. I might be MIA for a little bit, not too long, but I won’t be post every day if I’m not feeling like it serves a purpose. Let me know if you are in a winter rut and what techniques you’re using. Spring is out there, over the rainbow . . . somewhere. xoxo Kelsey