Last weekend I was out at Lake Sammamish State Park to watch the start of the MFG cyclocross season. I lived near this amazing park for decades and have vivid memories of hanging out here to bike, picnic, swim, walk our dogs, and just have fun playing with our sons. I realized I was stuck in a bit of a rut and needed to make a plan to get back out and do more biking in this great park.
Most people go through periods where they feel like they might be stuck in a rut. You’re doing the same old things and what used to excite you may start to feel less interesting. Instead of moving forward toward your goals, you’re just digging yourself deeper and deeper into the same spot.
Sometimes these feelings may be more than just being stuck in a rut. Such feelings may actually be symptoms of something called persistent depressive disorder (PDD). This mild but chronic condition characterized by low mood, decreased energy, loss of interest, and loss of pleasure is less severe than depression, but can often be longer-lasting. If you suspect that you may be experiencing PDD, talk to your physician or therapist about what you have been feeling.