HOW TO: Get out of a Rut


Hi again reader,

Recently I was feeling a little stuck. Have you ever spent an afternoon trying to figure out which new show to watch on Netflix but nothing sounds good and you’re kind of sad for 5 hours straight without really pinpointing why? Well, it was one of those days. I watched two documentaries back-to-back, and then went for a walk outside, and it completely transformed my mood.


The first documentary was Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, I began learning about minimalism about two years ago, and have been shifting my life in the minimalist direction more and more since then. I watch a lot of YouTube videos on the subject and have drastically changed the way I view shopping and consumerism in general. Even coming from a somewhat minimalistic viewpoint, I learned a lot from this film. The various narrators in the documentary really clarify some great ideas on how simplifying your possessions and changing your way of viewing them can improve your life significantly. I would recommend this film for anyone, even if you don’t think you’d be interested in minimalism. I think it’s good to consider alternative lifestyles, no matter how you choose to live your own life.


The second documentary I watched was calledย Happy.ย  In this film, several groups of people from around the world who consider themselves to be happy are interviewed. I felt that this documentary tied in very well with the Minimalism documentary, because they both made me truly rememberย that lasting joy does not come from things, but from experiences and relationships. This is a lesson that is so easy to forget on a daily basis, but can change your life if you can be reminded of it frequently.


The last thing I did was spend some time out in nature with my husband. We live in Southern California, so spending time outside in the winter is a much more pleasant activity than in many other parts of the country right now. No matter what though, I think feeling a connection to nature can bring you back to solid ground if your anxiety and daily stresses are getting the better of you. There’s a childish joy in playing outside just for fun, and not because you need to get anywhere. If it’s snowy by you, build a snowman, or have a snowball fight.

In conclusion, I don’t feel like I’m in a rut anymore. I still feel down sometimes, but I’m very inspired and filled with new ideas. If you’re struggling, try watching these films (both available on Netflix) and try building that snowman or smelling a flower or making a daisy chain. Then reevaluate how you feel. It just might bring you as much inspiration as it brought me.


Hugs and optimism,



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