It’s pretty common to fall into a slump. Things just aren’t working out, no motivation, no direction, we’ve all been there. I feel like I’m finally on the tail end of one now. It was hard for a while to figure out where I wanted to go, but with a few little pushes in the right direction, I feel like I’m back on my feet. Getting out of a slump though is tough, and sometimes it seems never ending. Here’s a few things that I like to try when I’m feeling worn out and need to get back on my game.
Take Some “Me” Time.
When I don’t take care of myself, that can be the hardest to have the energy and motivation needed to push the needle. Going for a run to clear my head, treating myself to a pedicure, or just relaxing with a glass of wine on the deck without my computer or phone helps me feel reenergized and ready to start again.
Find Something to Get Excited About.
Ever had that feeling where everything is terrible and nothing good will ever happen? Focus on finding one little thing to get truly excited about. It could be a vacation, a new idea, some app to help you be more productive, or a new skill you’re learning. Something though that will make you want to get things started again and just get your energy back. Even if it’s not related to where you’re struggling, the feeling of being excited will translate to other areas of your life.
Enjoy the Small Victories.
Sometimes you need to break down into really, really tiny stepping stones. Even if it’s just getting some maintenance work done or accomplishing a simple task, celebrate the fact that you’re putting one foot in front of the other. It will make you want to keep having something to celebrate about.
Write Down Something Positive Each Day.
Part of my morning journaling involves just writing something positive down each day. It lets me remember that there’s still some good in my life and something to look forward to, even when it may be hard to see.
Stop Comparing Yourself.
You are not like anyone else, so stop comparing yourself. Putting in the hard work seems nearly impossible when you see others who look like success came easily to them. I’m sure that those who you compare yourself to have their own troubles and tribulations that you don’t. Everyone is on a different journey at a different time, so focus your attention instead on making your way through yours.
How do you get out of a bad mood?