We all go through slumps where we don’t feel motivated, it’s almost inevitable. It sometimes feels like the slump will last forever and that you’ll never get out of it, but somehow we always do.
It’s no different to any other obstacle in life and you just have to acknowledge it. Well, that’s exactly what I did recently.
So how did I get to this less than motivated slump?
A number of things led to this point. So many things to do, so little time – that’s a territory that comes with being a Mom, a wife, an employee, a blogger, a friend, a colleague.. the list goes on. When that list gets longer, we tend to lose focus on what needs to be done and then everything just seems like a chore.
Top that with some negative energy all over on your social media feeds, it’s enough to just drag you further into that slump.
When I’m in that space, I tend to exercise less and give into all those sugar cravings, I feel sluggish and lazy and basically just do what I need to do to get by, not really feeling energized about anything. So, that’s where I found myself recently. And of course, I was the only person who could get myself out of it.
I thought I’d share some of the simple things that are slowly but surely helping me get me out of it – to document for myself as a point of reference for future slumps – or perhaps it could help you get out of yours:
I set small realistic weekly goals
This may sound silly, but it can really make the world of difference. I find that spending 5-10 minutes at the start of each week, just thinking and jotting down a few things I wish to achieve. It’s not necessarily a long list, it can just be a few realistic things that will make me feel as if I’ve accomplished something at the end of the week.
These days I look forward to sitting in traffic.
That’s because its the only time I can peacefully listen to MY music (and not the kids) or more recently – podcasts. Lately, I’ve been so inspired by Oprah’s Supersoul Conversations.
Have you listened to any of them before?
If not, you should!
I honestly spent some time thinking about negative forces – who I was spending my time with – and this included who I’ve been seeing on my social media feeds! I had to take a close look at whom I can identify with and who I can’t.
Nowadays, I am only seeking people who are positive and who are going to lift me up!
This is so important I think!
Doing Something Good For Others
I’m finding that one of the best and quickest ways to lift my mood, is to help someone else!
After spending some time helping someone else with something they are struggling with, I feel invigorated and ready to get going on with my own tasks.
It’s also just plain old kindness, it really goes a long way.
Fake It Until You Make It
Although I may be feeling a bit de-motivated, I never show it.
That wouldn’t do anybody good. It would just rub off on to someone else who may already be down in the dumps and just push them over the edge.
It may be hard to do at times, but I always just try to smile my way through it and work on myself.
Onwards and upwards, right?