Groundhog Day and Getting Out of a Rut

In Health, Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

Groundhog day is Friday, February 2, 2018. For the uninitiated, Groundhog Day is an annual tradition that is believed to forecast a change in seasons. It derives from a Germanic belief that if a groundhog emerges from its hole and sees its shadow, the animal will return to its hole—which forebodes six more weeks of dreary winter weather. In contrast, if the groundhog does not see its shadow, then the spring season will come early.

In 1993, Bill Murray starred in a fantastic movie of the same name. He played a jaded, big-city weatherman who is sent to a small town to cover the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day celebration. The annual event involves waiting for a famous groundhog, named Punxsutawney Phil, to emerge from its hole. Murray’s character wants nothing more than to leave the town as soon as the ceremony is over, but finds himself trapped by a blizzard.

Hoping to leave town the next morning, he awakens to the horror that he alone is trapped reliving the exact same day. The same day recurs over and over, as he desperately tries to figure out what he has to change to get out of this trap.

Are You Stuck in a Rut?

The plot of this movie is completely relatable. Many of us get caught up in a daily routine that we repeat every weekday. While this is perfectly normal, and it is even desirable to have stability and security, it is natural to feel like your life has become monotonous, or even aimless. These negative feelings can occasionally get us into a rut, which can just perpetuate itself over time.

Ultimately, in the film, Murray’s character makes it to the next day by discovering the fulfillment found in selflessness, kindness, empathy, and perspective. If you feel yourself becoming stuck in a rut, there are few simple ideas that may be helpful.

  • Take notes. Dwelling on problems can be a real problem. It sometimes helps to take notes of the things that bother us. Try doing so, and moving on, with the plan of coming back to it later.
  • Make a to-do list. As we get mentally stuck, our tasks and duties can begin to pile up. Make yourself a checklist of everything you have to do, and create a realistic schedule of attacking this list.
  • Introduce something new into your routine. If you generally surf the internet or eat chips and a soda at your desk during your break, try going for a walk and getting some fresh air instead. Injecting sunlight and exercise into your routine may help lift your spirits.

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