Getting out of THAT Covid-19 Rut.

I don’t know about you guys but I have well and truly hit a rut. Quarantine and Lockdown is starting to come to an end (not saying that COVID isn’t a thing anymore, it is. Please be safe!) and things are slowly getting back to normal but for some reason I have hit a rut.

I am not sure if it’s nerves of going back to normal with the grey cloud still hanging over us, or the fact I’ve fallen into a very plain and boring work-orientated routine. I don’t seem to have a lot of motivation or passion for many things at the moment which is a weird feeling for me. Hobbies and interests I thrive for, if I’m not involved in a passion project at every moment I wonder what I’m doing.

I think I’m writing this post as much for you guys as I am for myself. I tend to get complacent when I’m in a rut and it takes me a while to realise I am there. Having a few things I know will help me get out of these times is so handy and if any of these little things help you guys, then feel free to use them, share them, whatever.

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Things that have helped me get out of a rut:

  • scheduling in times to see friends and family time.
  • scheduling in self-care time.
  • list the things you get to look forward to, no matter how far away they are.
  • don’t make your to-do list impossible (yes be ambitious but also be realistic).
  • get out of the house (not just to go to work).
  • go be in nature.
  • try something new, a new hobby for example.

And always, remember this is only temporary. I’ve come to realise the first step is always accepting where you are and being open and willing to make a change to help yourself out. I’ve seen this quote and others similar floating around the internet and thought I’d share it as it hit hard with me and may do with you all too.

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I really hope everyone is doing okay at this point, I know it might feel that there is pressure to get back to normal but remember to take it at your own pace too. Take care of yourself and others!

Han xx


  1. I so get that feeling! I’ve been feeling so unmotivated lately and even though I’m happy the restrictions are being lifted, it’s so important we still stay safe. Making to-do lists have been so beneficial for me!!

  2. I’ve been feeling so lost and depressed recently and hate when I can’t shake the feeling and get out of that rut. I’ve been told and learnt to embrace that feeling and be aware of what’s around me. Try and do things that make me happy and keep my mind occupied because I start working on things that are stressing me out like my career and how I want to get there!

    Shannon x

    1. Yes! I love this!

  3. This has been such a weird season. There are days when I would rather just lie in bed and overthink just about everything, and on some other days, I’ve up and about, firing away at whatever needs to be done. I’ve just allowed myself the grace to acknowledge that both kind of days will happen, and not to fight the down days so much. Journaling also helps me shift my perspective a bit.

  4. I’m supposed to be finishing shielding today but I’m still wary about going out, I hope I don’t fall into that rut! x

    Lucy |

  5. Spending time in nature is a HUGE one for me. There is something about being outdoors with the fresh air and sunshine that helps me to center myself and find a sense of peace. This is why I love going camping and hiking so much. We have been going even more as of late as a way to deal with everything that’s going on. There’s so much anxiety and negativity in the world right now. We need something to help fight back.

  6. Great post, and I definitely get the feeling. I felt that way especially when we started quarantine and everything shut down and we couldn’t go anywhere or do anything. I love traveling and hanging out, but it’s been real rough since March. But, like you mentioned, I’m slowing starting to schedule times to hang out with friends and other things when I can to ease the feeling.

  7. It’s such a weird feeling to be in lockdown-limbo as things start to open up more. I’m still hesitant to see others and go out in public. I think I’m retreating into my lockdown bubble but should start opening up to these opportunities again

  8. I’m in a rut too. I don’t think mine is down completely to Covid-19 but it sure as hell hasn’t helped. I like the list you’ve included of what’s working for you at this time, I think I’ll have to do the same. Thanks for sharing!

  9. isobel says:

    I know exactly how you feel. And especially with the having to be in a project if not I’m not sure where I’m at. I can completely relate with that. I feel like daily I want to just get up. and get on with life then remember we are still stuck in lockdown and it feels so restricting! I can’t wait for normality again but I feel like it will take a while considering how we are so used to living this way at the same time. Hope your well Hannah 🙂

    Isobel x

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