5 Things I Do To Get Myself Out Of A Slump.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas A. Edison.
I always try to remain positive and to see the best in every situation, but that doesn’t mean to say that I never get worn down. Sometimes, life itself is exhausting and we just need to take some much needed time out to decompress and destress.
For those of you who have read about my daily routine, you would know that I am up at 5am, hit the gym and work on my own personal goals before I go to work. I pride myself on being able to ‘do it all’ and can get really down when when I slow down.
I’ve learned that sometimes, things does not always go to plan and we need to learn how to survive under such circumstances. Dealing with personal and professional matters can often drain me, especially when they have not been accounted for.
Sometimes, we need to let ourselves take the necessary time to simply feel how we want to feel. It is not possible for us to be ‘on’ and working at our 100% capacity all the time. But that doesn’t mean to say that we should simply give up on our goals and dreams. Putting the appropriate tools and strategies in place to be able to bounce back is incredibly important.
Here are 5 things I do to motivate and get myself out of a slump:
1. GETTING MY MIND RIGHT
When I’m feeling low and struggling to get myself out of the slump, one of the things I do is work on getting my mind right. I ask myself a series of questions such as:
- How do I feel? Am I genuinely burnt out and need to rest, or am I simply making excuses / uninspired / unmotivated?
- Before I think about quitting, I ask myself why I started. What is my greater purpose? Why did I start this?
- What would my mentor / someone I aspire to be do in this situation? How would they handle it?
Asking myself the right questions can ensure I understand why I’m in a slump, and what to do to get myself out of it.
2. INVESTING TIME TO SELF-CARE
I’m a big advocate of self-care and taking the necessary time out to destress and decompress. When I’m in a slump, I find little things to act as a pick-me-up. This could include indulging in some of my favourite food, running a long bubble bath, enjoying some pampering or going outside for some fresh air and sunshine. Self-care can help me to feel better and remind myself of all the things I love and enjoy.
3. TAKING SMALL, DAILY ACTION
When I’m in a slump, the last thing I want to think about is the mountain of tasks and issues I need to overcome. I start with a really small task (or a quick win) and the completion of this small task encourages me to do another task, and another. Some days, small actions such as making my bed first thing in the morning or going for a walk can encourage me to get back on track.
4. PRACTICING GRATITUDE
I’ve learned that no matter how horrible my day may seem, there is always something to be grateful for. Every night before I go to sleep, I always think of at least 3 things I feel grateful for that day. I’ve learned that when I focus on the good, the good gets better. Taking time to practice gratitude each day helps me to focus on the present moment, and not allow myself to get upset or overwhelmed by past or future events.
5. DOING SOMETHING UPLIFTING
One of the things which helps to motivate me out of a slump is to engage in something uplifting. Sometimes, something as simple as watching a motivational video on youtube, reading an inspiring book or listening to some uplifting music can really help me to snap out of a slump.
HOW TO GET OUT OF A SLUMP
What are some of the things you do to motivate yourself out of a slump? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, please leave your comments below!