The slump feeling aka the one that nobody enjoys and wishes it would end. We all been there throughout the years where we just don't feel alive when we are going through the motions. It makes us second guess what we are doing and honestly makes us downright lazy and unhappy. We start to lose motivation and get frustrated with everything. That leads to us taking things out on people, wanting to be left alone and simply putting ourselves into a dark place.
But being in a slump can be good also and here's why. When you are just downright unhappy and you cannot figure out what the deal is, guess what the only thing left to do is? Sit there and ponder about what is the root cause of this feeling you are having. It may take you a long time to figure out what the real issue is but once you find it, you can begin to solution your way out of it. You might be thinking to yourself how do I figure out what it is?
Acknowledge your issues at hand
If you feel like you are in a bad mood constantly and you have a lack of energy it is time to self evaluate what is going on. Sometimes we try to act tough and pretend like everything is fine when really we are so stressed out about the fact that we are unhappy and we don't know what to do about it. Accepting the fact that something is going on and you need to do something about it is the first step to getting out of this hole. Lets be honest we are not always motivated and feeling good but if the cloud keeps following you thats when it is time
Write it down
That is right get out that good old pen and paper(words of Fallon Taylor) and start writing down all of the things that are frustrating you right now. When you write down all of the ones you can think of, really look at that list and see if there is one issue that they all have in common. Or look for the one that you think is the biggest issue because that is typically what starts this type of feeling and it spirals into being unhappy about a lot of other things.
Now that you have figured out what has been bugging you it is time to do some soul searching. That might be different for everyone depending on the issue at hand but read a book, read blogs on it, revisit your goals. Basically dig deep into what it is and find a way to get out of it by reading inspiring things or reading other peoples stories to help you find your way out of it. For me when I am in a slump I look at my vision board and make sure that everything I am doing is steps towards what is on that board. If you do not have a board I highly suggest you make one.
This 100000x yes!! For me when I feel like I am in a rut the best thing for me to do is either hit the gym or go ride my horse. Taking your mind to a place where you have to focus on something on other than your mental thoughts will help so much. For me I go to the gym and take care of my horse almost daily because I am going through change and hate the feeling of being in a rut so when I spend my time being active it takes my mind off of it. Once I am done with it I feel better and more energized and forget about whatever was bugging me (most the time).
Plan a Trip
Doing something out of your normal day to day routine is always helpful. So whether that is driving somewhere that you don't normally go or going on a trip farther away that can get your mind refreshed. Plan something for even later in the year so that you have something to look forward too. Sometimes all we need to know is that we have a break coming up and can change it up.
Rewrite your goals
Sometimes that issue that has caused you into a slump means you need to reevaluate your goals and see if this is A) apart of the growing process or B) hindering you from reaching your goals. If it is apart of reaching your goals then take a deep breath and try to see the little positives in the things that are frustrating and remember you will get past it! If this is totally not apart of you getting your goals, then eliminate that frustration however you think is possible depending on the situation.
I get it being in a slump is no fun, but either is sitting there and continuously feeling helpless and letting it take over your mind. Get out of your own head and narrow down the root cause and do something about it!