How to Get Yourself out of a Rut

Feeling kind of low lately?

John Halstead
4 min readApr 25, 2022


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We all at different points in our life will go through periods of times where we feel tired, nothing is interesting, and everything is just ughhh. Often during these times, it can be hard to motivate ourselves to do more than go through the motions of regular life. Sometimes even that can seem be too much.

Often during these times, it feels like there is nothing to look forward to. Sometimes we have no idea why we are in the dumps. This can be upsetting and baffling. Let me reassure you everyone goes through these funks from time to time. Other times the reason is clear. If you cannot figure out what is wrong it can help to talk with somebody or journal. Often times getting a third person perspective can help to bring some clarity to the situation.

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A rut is usually a short period of times, a couple of days, where you just feel off.

What to do when you are in funk?

Embrace it

Don’t add to the problem by beating yourself up because you are in the doldrums. These moods effect everyone and it takes a couple of days to start feeling like yourself again. There are no correct ways to get through a funk. Everyone is different so you will need to try different approaches to learn what works best for you.

Getting out of a funk like so many other challenges in life is an inside job. It starts with you searching inside. You might want to take some time to sit down with your emotions. They will not cause you to get worse. The good news is that if you take the time and give yourself the permission to feel what you are feeling, or if you can identify the emotion(s) it can help with the process of moving past it. (Cleveland Clinic, 2020)

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Another step to take is to be kind to yourself and show a little bit of compassion for yourself.



John Halstead

I grew up in New York, lived in Vermont for a decade, and then moved to Texas for twenty years. I am currently a school teacher a blogger and a podcaster.