How to Get Out of a Rut

Getting out of a rut

For me, having a vision and purpose are the basis for motivation. But when I entered university, I did not know what I was doing or what I was looking for. Quite honestly, attending university was a rite of passage and not a conscientious decision. On top of that, the huge U0 classes, the sense of isolation, and the need to be something made me feel quite lost.

It took me almost two years to get to a better place. Here are some thoughts and resources that were helpful to me when I felt stuck in a spot. Give them a quick read!

1. Talk to someone
It may seem difficult to find someone who listens and understands your situation. Luckily, McGill offers free counseling services for both personal and professional matters. These resources have been so useful to me! Just having someone knowledgeable with whom to share your thoughts can really take a heavy load off your mind.

2. Attend workshops
McGill’s CaPS, as well as Counseling and Mental Health services, offers many free workshops! I took several workshops on managing perfectionism and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. It’s well-presented information that can serve you for a lifetime!

3. Feed your passions
Spending time on extracurricular activities may be unappealing due to the time commitment. But trust me, a happy person is an effective person. I had less free time and felt exhausted at times, but I was never stressed or worried. It’s a different kind of growth and nourishment than studying.It felt good to spend my time and energy on something I love. In fact, the semesters that I took part in a nighttime contemporary dance program were the ones that I got the highest grades!

4. Finding something that doesn’t work means getting closer to finding something that does
The secret to success is making good decisions, and good decisions are sometimes the result of past bad decisions. No experience is wasted if we can see them in a different light. If nothing else, everything you go through can lead you to a better understanding of yourself – your needs, your desires, and what skills you have and still need to develop.

5. Take it ONE step at a time
It’s daunting to look at the end goal from the very start. We often feel like we don’t have what it takes to make it at this very moment. But all you need is the confidence to make the next step! You will always have more to learn, and now is the earliest that you can start.

Getting an early start and continuing is what will help you get to where you want! I hope these tips and resources can help you keep your course!

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