What do you do when there is something going on in your life that taints everything else? My 'thing' is shifting the scales. Things that normally would make me happy seem small in light of the great big UNhappy thing. Even though some things - a lot of things, actually - are going well, motivation to muscle through the yuck and move on is severely lacking.
As a result, my immediate circumstances are going downhill. I'm behind on the laundry, the shopping, cleaning the dishes (from when we manage to cook), and I'm sleeping less, fighting off (and succumbing to) a long-term cold, dealing with an unhappy digestive system with a shifting appetite, not drinking enough water, and (surprise) gaining weight. My knitting has dropped off, I'm tired of reading light, mindless stuff but anything of substance feels overbearing, I've dropped the ball on tracking the family finances (thank God for online billpay). The car is a mess, not to mention somewhat duct-taped together. The dog is neurotic from all the boxes and whatnot all over the house. My to-do lists at home and at work are getting longer, never shorter, almost to the point of being overwhelming.
I am stuck in a big fat hairy RUT, and it sucks, and there's not much I can do about it right now, and that sucks too. I feel like an underdog, but without an awesome quarterback or a slingshot or anything else useful like a deadline.
I don't know why I keep finding my way into a bog. I'm so worn. I'm so ready to be content and get out from under the dark cloud that won't seem to turn me loose. I have so much to enjoy around me - so much to be thankful for and to revel in, every day, and I know I'm missing out on all of it. This makes me crazy. The end of my wits is nigh.
What do YOU do to rescue yourself from an awful rut? Or, what do you do to avoid getting into ruts in the first place?