There are phases in our life where we feel simply uninspired. Everyday day seems the same, simple daily routines are a drag. It feels like we are stuck in a rut and nothing seems exciting. This is a classic case of a life-slump when predictability and monotony of daily life hits you and demotivates you in the worst possible way.
It can be frustrating to know that you are in a slump and stuck there even when you know you really need to get going. But as they say ‘you live only once’ and life is too precious to be wasted. So here are some 7 things you can do to motivate yourself to get of a slump and own your life.
7 tips to deal with slump and own your life
Find the source: For your own mental well-being it is important to get out of this slump but even more than that it is important to find out why are you in this situation.
There could be a zillion number of reasons as to why are you stuck in a slump. A bad relationship, work pressure, misunderstandings with your family, health issues, lack of opportunities etc, fear of taking a risk etc.
To work towards improving your state-of mind, it is imperative you recognize the source of your discontentment.
To be honest it actually easy to stay in a slump and be in a state of denial that admitting it to ourselves that life has suddenly become really boring. A lot of us would trivialize this very important mental health issue by consoling ourselves that ‘everything is fine’ even though deep inside we are really unhappy.
It really takes a wee bit of courage to acknowledge you are not okay with the way things are and you are ready to sit up and take charge of your life.
Be your own cheer-leader: After you have identified the source of your slump you have to be positive and optimistic of overcoming this period. So be your biggest cheerleader. Take an active approach in overcoming this slowdown in life.
Dealing with negativity can be emotionally draining but no one can help you better than yourself. The first step is having a strong will and believing you are capable enough to get out of this rut.
Start by identifying the areas in your life which you can improve. Like for example. Are you taking good care of your health? Are you eating well? Are you getting adequate sleep? Do you have a good support system in place?
Self-care can go a long way in improving your mental as well as physical well being. Since I am a firm believer in affirmations I would really urge you to practice self-affirmations. Personally I find these extremely uplifting whenever I feel overwhelmed.
Tweak your daily routine: Sometimes the repetition of daily routine results in a life slump. It happens when perhaps you are too comfortable in your set routines. So a change in your daily activities will shake this up and break the chain of monotony.
Make an effort: You may be full of ideas in your head to improve your state of mind but if you lack in your efforts when it comes to taking concrete action it will all be an exercise in futility.
Research shows that most people who experience a slump don’t have the energy despite the willingness to change their lives. If you are familiar with this feeling try these tips.
- Focus on the positive things in your life.
- Express your gratitude for all the good things in your life
- Now with that little dose of positivity, make an action plan of the areas you need to work.
Make small efforts: Now that we are full of positive energy you need to challenge yourself by making small efforts. Whatever you are struggling take small and practical steps in confronting your challenge.
Like suppose if you want to really get want to get rid of a bad habit like procrastination so instead of doing all the work in a day that you have been ignoring for long, just concentrate on doing one work sincerely for 20 mins.
Every single hurdle is overcome by making little efforts. Just have that faith in yourself.
Surprise yourself: When you try something new or do something different from your set routine it gives you confidence a real boost. Therefore find ways to surprise yourself.
- Talk to a stranger
- Try a new hobby
- Learn a new skill
- Take a new route when returning home from work
- Do a random act of kindness
- Try a new sport activity
There are so many ways you can be spontaneous and surprise yourself and understand what you are capable of.
Take a vacation: Sometimes a change of scenery does wonders to our frayed nerves. Try to take a vacation at least once a year. A nice road trip, a weekend getaway will do wonders for your stress levels. It also gives you something to look forward to.
If you are feeling particularly demotivated on a given day perhaps you should try to head outdoors amidst nature for a walk or jog. A study has shown spending time in natural surrounding helps your mental health, lowers the chances of stress and depression while improving your creativity.
Find your purpose: By this I don’t mean finding your life’s purpose, although this might not be such a bad idea. But you really have to look forward to something to keep going like an upcoming holiday, a weekend party with friends, a lunch date, a certain goal related to your career and relationships. Any small, insignificant activity that brings a smile on your face is worth doing
After all life is a collection of milestones and having a goals and plans keeps you motivated. In fact during a slump period you must set some goals as a personal challenge.
Talk with someone close: If helps you in talking about your issues with a friend or family speak your heart out. Talk to someone who understands you and will not be judgmental about your situation.
Sometimes when you listen yourself aloud you may realize where the problem lies.
Don’t Ignore these signs of a life slump:
- You feel a sense of monotony all the time
- When you have the desire but lack the energy to work, even though you know it’s counter-productive.
- You procrastinate a lot and feel guilty later.
- You avoid talking to friends or avoid social gatherings
If you think you need to seek professional help don’t hesitate in seeking it. In fact if you frequently experience such slumps you must seek help as it might be a serious mental health issue like chronic stress and fatigue or persistent depressive disorder.
Be patient: There are people who need just a bout of inspiration to get out a rut. So be kind and patience towards yourself.
To give an example, people who are creatively inclined often experience a block in their creative ideas and imagination this is due to the fact that their mind is overworked and they just need that spark of inspiration to get started again. And this is probably you need to a light-bulb moment to get going.
The real challenge in getting out of a slump is actually getting started and making an effort to do something constructive. When you take that little step make sure you congratulate or reward yourself for taking that first step. Thereafter keep up with this approach until you are inspired enough and raring to go.