If you’re not careful, being stuck in life can magnify the fear, guilt, shame and/or apathy you’re already feeling. You can become even more stuck than you already are.
So rather than doing nothing and allowing yourself to get sucked into a really terrible rabbit hole, let’s explore 7 ways to reinvent yourself so you – and your life – can start to become unstuck.
1. Take It Slow
When we get stuck, we really want to become unstuck as quickly as possible. What we don’t realize is that sometimes, we get stuck for a reason. When we take the time to look at our lives and how we feel about what’s currently going on, it gives us the ability to make small changes that can often have huge, lasting results.
You also don’t need to make huge, dramatic changes in order to reinvent yourself. Often making small, slow changes are the best way to become a new, better version of yourself that is easy for you to maintain. This means you’ve taken the time to really become a better version of yourself – rather than simply acting it out.
2. Express Yourself
Paint. Do yoga. Sing. Play an instrument. Write a short story. It doesn’t matter: just get creative and express yourself in some way.
This is a great method to get unstuck and reinvent yourself because creativity is just the truth of who you are coming out. It’s safe and healthy, and can be a wonderful new avenue for you to explore.
Whether you do it for money or just the plain joy of being creative, we are all creative beings and we all thrive better when we express ourselves in some way.
3. Make Yourself Uncomfortable
People get stuck when they become too comfortable with their lives. We are meant to challenge ourselves! So try to do something each day that takes you slightly outside your comfort zone. It can be as simple as eating alone in a restaurant if you’re a naturally shy person, or finally wearing that teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini despite the fact you know everyone is looking.
Whatever it is, challenge yourself in some small way. You’ll find that you’ll start to feel more confident and that new opportunities will start to appear.
4. Change Up Your Routine
An easy way to get stuck is to get yourself into such a routine that you’re on autopilot all the time. Your life has become so systematized you don’t even need to think about it anymore. That’s when life has become boring and monotonous; you feel AND look stuck.
While I’m all for systematizing the easy stuff, it doesn’t mean you can put it all on autopilot and never look at it again. Take a look at your life and see what can be eliminated, changed, or added to help you reinvent yourself.
5. Focus on the Good
Whenever things aren’t going so well for me, I realize that it’s time to stop and take stock in what’s really going on in my life. Usually, I find that while some of it isn’t going so well, a fair amount of it still is.
Focusing on what is going well will help you take your mind off what isn’t going so well and will also allow you to get yourself out of your rut quickly. What you focus on magnifies. So you might as well focus on the good stuff.
6. Change Your Diet
Since 20 – 30 percent of us are obese and as most of the grocery store aisles are packed with processed foods, I think it’s safe to assume that we can all benefit from making healthier choices with our diets. Even if you aren’t overweight, incorporating healthier choices into your diet will only have positive results.
Not only might you lose a few pounds, but eating more fruit will increase your happiness and resilience levels, making it easier for you to naturally reinvent yourself to become a healthier, happier, and better version of you from the inside out.
7. Clear Our Emotional Clutter
It’s easier to deal with physical clutter because you can see it. Therefore, you know it’s there. Emotional clutter is much more difficult because it’s affecting how you think and do everything. Yet often, you’re not even aware of it at all.
The way you start to conquer emotional clutter is by becoming aware of your actions and then becoming aware of how you’re feeling throughout the day. This means asking yourself a bunch of questions like:
- How am I feeling?
- Why do I feel this way?
- Is there anything I can change for the better in this moment?
This will help you to become more aware of yourself, your actions, and your feelings. It will also help you to make small changes to be and feel like a newer version of yourself.
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