What To Do When You Feel Stuck In An Unmotivated Rut To Spark Inspiration

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Recently I’ve been feeling kind of blah. Stuck in an uninspired and unmotivated rut. And like I’m not living my life to my fullest potential. 

Maybe you can relate, sometimes I feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel — working hard, doing all the things, going through the motions… but feeling as if I’m not really going anywhere or making much progress at all. 

It’s not the first time I’ve ever felt this way. Ebbs and flows are a natural part of life after all. But despite a culture of good vibes only, it’s important to recognize that feeling unmotivated, uninspired, in a rut, or even sad is normal sometimes. 

In these moments it’s ok to give yourself the grace to feel that way, and not be too hard on yourself. To not feel bad, about feeling bad.  

With that said, life is so beautiful. And sometimes you just need a little help tapping into that. 

If you’re ever feeling uninspired or in a rut, ebbing perhaps, here are a few things you can do to gain some inspiration and get back in the flow. 

1. Meditate

Some may call it prayer, some may call it reflection, and some may call it simply being present. Whatever you call it, meditation is an incredible tool for gaining clarity, finding peace in times of chaos, and even sparking inspiration when you need it.  

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Many people imagine meditation to be hard. That you have to be able to sit cross-legged with your eyes closed for hours on end like a monk. But that’s not true at all! Meditation can be as simple as 5 minutes of focusing on your breath.  

The number of people that attest to meditation sparking inspiration, getting them out of ruts, and radically changing their lives is truly incredible. So if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly encourage you to give it a go.

2. Move Your Body

From sitting still to dancing like nobody is watching, another great way to help yourself get out of a funk is to get active.

For some, this might look like going for a run and going to the gym. For me, the best way to get your heart rate up, break a sweat, and feel the endorphins flow is to blast some of your favorite tunes and dance like no one is watching.  

 As Bob Marley once said, one thing about music hits is you feel no pain. Whether you’ve got rhythm or not, if you’ll allow yourself, dancing is a great way to forget your troubles, be in the moment, and perhaps spark some inspiration.

3. Tap Into Nature

One of my favorite quotes reads… After all, we are made of earth, and even it goes through seasons. An insightful reminder that we are not meant to feel a range of emotions.

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There is something incredibly grounding about getting out into nature. It’s a great way to clear your head, get some perspective, and feel more connected to the world around you.

Where I live in Florida, we have an abundance of rain, sunshine, parks, and beautiful beaches too. Whatever nature surrounds you where you live, get outside and get into it. If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.

4. Change Your Environment

When a flower doesn’t bloom… you might question how good is the soil, is it getting enough sunlight, enough water? When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.

Like so many things in life and love, it’s not until we leave the comfort zones that we can really grow.

Whether that means traveling somewhere new for a bit or moving someplace new… changing your environment can have a profound effect on your creativity, productivity, and motivation.

5. Go To A Book Store

Book stores are my absolute favorite places to go when I want to feel inspired and creative. There’s something about being surrounded by books on every topic imaginable that makes me feel more connected to the world and open to new possibilities.

Browse through book titles or sit your butt down in one of those giant comfy chairs and get lost in the pages.

With so many incredible books on topics related to health, wellness, spirituality, creativity, motivation, and more… book stores are a great way to ignite creativity. And who knows… maybe you’ll even be inspired to write your own book too!

6. Journal

While you’re at the book store, pick up a journal. Journaling is another great way to get yourself out of a rut by helping you process your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

What is working in your life right now? What is not working? What are some things you’d like less of in your life? What are some things you’d like more of?

Journaling is one of the most effective ways to work through whatever emotions you might be feeling. It allows you to get all of your thoughts and feelings out without judgment, and often provides clarity and peace that you didn’t even know you were looking for.

7. Learn Something New

When we learn something new, our brains are firing on all cylinders and we feel like the possibilities are really limitless.

Whether it’s a fun new recipe to try out, an online course that sparks your interest or taking a class at your local university… learning something new is a great way to spark inspiration in yourself.

I personally love to learn new things and gain useful skills. At the moment, I’m really enjoying learning how to create and edit videos like this one. I’m currently doing so with the help of Youtube and Skillshare.

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Feeling less than inspired sometimes is totally normal. It’s only when we experience lows that we can really appreciate the highs.

Have grace and patience with yourself. And when you’re ready… perhaps even before so… try taking some actions to spark some inspiration and some joy.

Thanks for reading.