10 ways to feel better when you’re in a rut

Morale often dips as weeks go by in the semester. We get up. We go to class. We see the same people every day. We slip into routine. Here are some ways to alleviate the monotony:

Treat yourself. 

Go get coffee. Buy a new shirt. Get your hair done. When you’re too busy to breathe, you forget about your own needs. When you’re working hard, you deserve a reward.


Don’t just write down the day’s events. Write down how the day’s events made you feel. Even if it’s not positive, the bad energy is out and you don’t have to think about it anymore. 

Play dress up.

Yes, like back when we were little kids. Dressing nice can make you feel better from the outside in. If nothing else, people you see every day will notice a difference and the compliments will brighten your day. For the ladies, wear heels. I feel as though they give me a whole new attitude.

Eat healthy.

Make sure you’re eating breakfast. Skipping breakfast can make you feel sluggish. Putting the right foods in your body can make you feel better from the inside out. Who doesn’t love strawberries and bananas as a snack?


You don’t have to go crazy weightlifting and running for miles. You don’t even need to go to the gym. A simple walk at a brisk pace will cause your body to release those feel-good hormones.


Take a nap. Us college students love sleep. I like to look at sleep as a reset button, but be sure to not do it too much. Too much of anything can be unhealthy.

Change your environment

Go off-campus. Go home. Go to the park. And go by yourself. Being alone isn’t the same as being lonely. It can be refreshing to be with your thoughts — and your thoughts only.

Listen to music.

A good tune can make all the difference in the world. Relax and listen to nostalgic music, even explore some new music. Change of pace is always nice.


Hang out with a friend that is always bound to make you laugh. Watch a comedy special on Netflix or my new favorite series, “Big Mouth.” There’s a reason why people say that laughter is the best medicine.

Call a loved one.

Call your mom, dad, sister, brother or a friend that listens. Vent. Get it all out. You don’t need to come out of the conversation with a solution, but you should have someone to listen.

Kirsten Magas is a third-year English major with a journalism and creative writing minor. KM867219@wcupa.edu

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