Do you ever feel stuck in a rut? Like no matter what you're doing, you just can't seem to shake off that nagging feeling of depression or anxiety, and you really don't want it to get worse?

We've all been there at one point or other. So, what can we do to zap that sinking feeling of depression, and that heart-palpitating nervousness quickly, before they get overwhelming?

1. Free write.

That's right, I'm giving you something to do instead of sitting in your misery. Motivate yourself, and grab your journal. It may seem hard at first, but tell yourself that the way you'll feel after doing this exercise is going to be the most rewarding thing you've felt in a while, so it's totally worth it.

If you're new to free writing, that's perfect! If you've done it before, even better! You know how groovy and rewarding it can be.

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Here's how it works: I give you a word, and you immediately start to build on that word in your journal. You write anything that comes to mind, either in order, in doodles, in sentences or in random sequence. The goal is to pour everything that's going on in your mind onto that paper. Basically, it's a way to let all your demons, your anger and your resentment out.

Some people choose to do free write every day until that nagging depression or anxiety fades, while others do it when they're lacking inspiration or motivation in their lives to really kick those energy blocks out of their system.

Today, I'm giving you four word choices. You can do as many as you'd like.

Free write words:

  • Anxiety
  • Dreams
  • Misery
  • Freedom

2. Do something fun that you've never done.

This is where you get to bring out your creative side out to play.

What have you always wanted to do, but have never had the chance to do?

It can be as simple as trying a new kind of cuisine. Maybe you've always wanted to try acting classes! Maybe you're craving adventure, like skinny-dipping in the lake, or going bungee jumping.

Bottom line: it can be anything that gets your adrenaline pumping in a GOOD way, instead of an anxiety-ridden way.

3. Plan a trip.

Plan a trip to that one dream vacation spot you always catch yourself daydreaming about, even if it's not in your current budget.

By creating this dream vacation, you'll be changing your mind, and focusing on things other than any external circumstances that may be bugging you.

It's never bad to daydream. Pick the perfect hotel, the perfect view, the perfect food – everything!

4. Get rid of the old.

When in doubt, throw it out!

Are you still holding on to a toxic relationship that's weighing you down? Do you hate your job? Are you hanging out with a group of people who don't support you?

When indecision strikes about anything, a decision has actually already been made. Meaning, if something doesn't get you excited and full of energy, ditch it. Only say yes when you really want to, and only hang out with people who lift you higher. Getting rid of the old means getting rid of everything that doesn't cause positive emotions when you first see it, or come in contact with it.

5. Spend time with nature and meditate.

Put the phone away, leave the phone at home, or let the phone die.

We put so much energy into what others are doing or thinking of us that we're spending our lives trying to keep up with people who we don't even really know, or will never know personally.

Social media is awesome for many things, but we have to find a balance between sharing our lives and actually living authentically.

When you're in nature or meditating, we get to connect with our inner guide and intuition so much easier because we don't have that interference of other's opinions chiming in constantly.

6. Get started with your dreams.

The best way to get yourself out of a rut – and depression and anxiety in general – is to take that first step to realizing your dream.

What better way to get yourself out of a low time in your life than channeling that energy into a new project? When you follow your passion, you will always be excited.

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