Getting out of a slump.
Here’s some advice on how to get out of a slump. The first step is to accept the fact that you’re in one. All my advice shouldn’t be taken to heart, I understand that everything is different for everyone. It kind of depends on what works for you. But the concept of being in a slump is that one doesn’t feel like doing anything… at all. Once you notice that you’re in a slump, you can move onto the next (and most important) step which is the ‘why’. Sometimes there is no why but you if possible, reflect on why you might be feeling this way so that you can avoid it in the future.
A crucial part of this process is to be gentle with yourself. Don’t put yourself down or be mean to yourself, it won’t help you whatsoever. Take some small baby steps. If you have a deadline, then you might not be able to take your sweet time, but you should still be kind with yourself. ❤
Listen to your body and do what feels right. If taking this break makes you feel slightly uncomfortable and lazy, then you could still try to incorporate little daily tasks into your routine. As well, you could try doing some self-care activities. Perhaps watching a nice movie. Make a cup of tea or hot chocolate. My all-time favorites to help me through these times are funny movies or shows. For example, some shows I watch for a good laugh are Friends, The Office, Brooklyn 99, How I Met Your Mother, etc. I highly recommend watching something funny rather than sad. But sometimes sad movies are good if you need a cry. Lastly, I saw somewhere that water- either through drinking it, bathing/showering in it, or just looking at a body of water (the ocean, river, stream, etc) helps bring up your mood since it releases dopamine. Nature is there to help you.
There is such beauty in nature
Surround yourself with nature. Nature is so beautiful and it’s been repeated over and over again, but never taken advantage of. We are always surrounded by beauty. The sunrises, sunsets, blue skies, clouds, there’s even beauty that lies within the rain, storms, thunder, and lightning. Take a moment to look at your surroundings. Observe them. Notice how you feel when you’re looking at the trees or the sky, or wherever you may be. Perhaps you’re in the mountains, or maybe on the beach, or even in a jungle. Look at what the world has created. And it’s free! I find that the easiest way to be grateful is just by looking around. Look at nature all around you. Isn’t it gorgeous? I recommend taking some time out of your day, every day, to just sit and admire nature. It deserves recognition. It can help you to take some time by yourself and sit within nature. You might feel more at peace, calm. The stress that you had prior to this exercise might now be relieved. Maybe you were anxious before starting this and now your mind has taken a break. You deserve a break. Breath in and breath out. Everything is going to be alright. You have got this :)
You can also start meditating or listening to music.
Here are some quotes for motivation:
“Systems are for people who care about winning repeatedly. Goals are for people who care about winning once.” — James Clear.
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” — Plato
“People cry, not because they’re weak, it’s because they’ve been strong for too long.” — Johnny Depp
“Acts of love are valid only if they’re performed without conditions or expectations.” — Mark Manson
“The events of your past are fixed. The meaning of your past is not. The influence of every experience in your life is determined by the meaning you assign to it. Assign a more useful meaning to your past and it becomes easier to take a more useful action in the present. — James Clear
“Environment is the invisible hand that shapes behavior.” — James Clear
Not limited to the environment. Consider who you surround yourself with, the people you talk to.
“You can inspire a person to change. You can educate a person towards change. You can support someone in their change. But you can never make a person change.” — Mark Manson
“Literally trust the process. live about the process. and then see the results. Real lions like to hunt. they love the process just as much as they love the prize. Some just want to score, they don’t like the process. They’re not in love with the process. If you will be a champion, if you will be a beast, you are going to have to go through something. Nobody is going to hand you anything. Nobody is going to give you a championship. Nobody is going to hand you a title. This is the year you end, this is my year.” — Unknown
“Be phenomenal, this is it. Chant it out. This is it. Be phenomenal or be forgotten. One. Two. Three.” — Unknown
Whatever you decide to do, I hope it works out for you! Feel free to share your experience or any advice :)