There are phases in our life where we feel simply uninspired, everyday feels the same and nothing seems exciting.
This is a classic case of life slump when predictability and monotony of daily routine hits you and demotivates you in the worst possible way.
It can be frustrating to be in a slump even when you know you really need to get going.
But as they say ‘life is too precious to be wasted, it is imperative for our mental health to make an effort to overcome such low phases in life.
In this post you will find 9 best tips to motivate yourself and get of a life slump.
How To Overcome A Life-Slump
Common Reasons of a Life Slump
For your own mental well-being it is important to find out why your life feels like its suddenly stuck or stopped in tracks. To get out of lull period in life it is imperative you recognize the source of your discontentment. There could be so many reasons for this like:
- A bad relationship
- Work pressure
- Misunderstandings with your family,
- Health issues
- Lack of opportunities
- Fear of taking a risk etc.
Signs of a Life Slump
Here are some common signs that you are undergoing a slump period in life, most people experience these symptoms in varying degrees.
1.You feel a sense of monotony all the time.
2. You have the desire but lack the energy to work.
3. You procrastinate a lot and feel guilty later.
4. You avoid talking to friends or avoid social gatherings.
In fact all of us may experience some of these symptoms at some point or another, but if you frequently are experiencing these emotions it is important you take it seriously.
Don’t trivialize this very important mental health issue by consoling yourself that ‘everything’s fine’ even though deep inside you are really unhappy.
Focus on Positive Things
When your feel stuck in life reflect on all positive things that make life worth living.
I know it’s easier said than done, but sometimes you just need to divert your train of thoughts towards the bright side.
Express your gratitude for all the good things.
Try to focus your attention on what is going on right for you at the moment.
Think of all the happy things and memories you have made.
Think of all the people who genuinely care for you.
Now with that little dose of positivity, make an action plan of the areas you need to work.
My free resource library has a gratitude planner which would be ideal for keeping yourself motivated each day.
Along with this there are a number of other helpful resources you can use. Did I mention everything is absolutely free for download? Do check it out.
Let your Negative Feeling out
Letting out your negative feelings instead of suppressing them is important for your mental health.
So just let out your anger, disappointment and frustration.
Cry, scream, go out for a run, do some kickboxing, do whatever you have to, but let it out.
The frustration of that toxic relationship, the horrible boss, nosy neighbor, that mean friend whatever toxic negative emotions you are experiencing is normal.
It makes you human.
Unburden your mind by having a good cry and remember the strength to overcome any tough situation is within you.
Write down your Problems
Journaling your emotions is one of the best ways to express yourself. When we say things like “be more self-aware” or “try to know yourself” we often underestimate the power of journaling our thoughts.
When you cannot express your feelings in words, journaling is the best recourse, take a pen and paper and write your heart out.
Writes whatever comes to your mind. Let your hand guide the mind and you’ll find your own rhythm in the chaos.
Before you know it your mind will pour out things that you may be consciously unaware of and maybe these are contributing to your inner turmoil.
However, if a blank page intimidates you, my journal prompt post with over 100 prompts can be a good starting point for you.
Be your biggest cheerleader
Dealing with a life slump can be emotionally draining but no one can help you better than yourself.
The first step is cultivating a strong willpower 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?
Affirmations are positive sentences, you repeat to yourself for motivation and confidence. Repeating affirmations everyday can make you wonderfully motivated.
The science behind affirmations is when you engage in positive self-talk it makes you more optimistic in your attitude towards life; even in tough circumstances you find your mental strength to push through.
As a firm believer in affirmations I find repeating self-affirmations very assuring whenever I feel overwhelmed.
I have some extensive posts on positive affirmations, and if you are in need of some confidence please feel free to go through.
Indulge in Self-care
Let’s be honest, we are all stressed and if there was some way we could find some alone time each day to calm ourselves down and be comfortable, most of us would take that in a heartbeat.
Self-care allows you to do exactly that. Practice self-care whenever life gets overwhelming, it can go a long way in improving your mental well being. There are so many calming activities you could do to control your stress-levels and breathe easy.
Here is a huge list of 150 self-care ideas you can try, what’s even better is that most of these ideas are absolutely free.
Tweak your Daily Routine
Sometimes your life is stuck in a slump because of the predictability of your daily routine, which gradually brings in a sense of boredom.
It happens when perhaps you are too comfortable in your set routines. So a change in your daily activities will shake things up and break the chain of monotony.
Try thinking of ways how you could do things differently and make your life more interesting.
This is directly related to the point above. There are so many ways you can be spontaneous and surprise yourself to understand what you are capable of.
There are a number of ways to be productive when life gets boring. It will improve your self-confidence also.
Therefore engage in some activities which seem exciting for you.
1.Talk to a stranger.
2. Try a new hobby.
3. Learn a new skill.
4. Take a new route when returning home from work.
5. Do a random act of kindness.
6. Try a new sport activity.
Small Steps to overcome a Life Slump
Research shows that most people who experience a life slump don’t have the energy despite the willingness to change their lives.
So try to bring small gradual changes in your life. Take small and practical steps in confronting your problems.
Like instead of doing all the work in a day that you have been ignoring for long, concentrate on doing one thing sincerely for 20 minutes.
Or if you wish to eat healthy try consuming one healthy meal a day instead of drastically changing your entire diet.
Every single hurdle can be tackled by making little efforts consistently each day.
Clear the Clutter
A cluttered environment hampers your mental clarity and your ability to think.
So get off that couch and do some deep cleaning.
A few years ago I experienced the worst possible slump, , where my motivation was way off the charts. The only thing I did was sleep the entire day and I felt guilty about it, but I just had no energy to take charge of my life.
During one such gloomy mental health day I looked around my apartment and it was in a complete mess. It had been days since I had done my dishes or laundry or made my bed.
I don’t know what ticked me at that moment, but I decided “enough is enough” and the first thing I started was clearing my bed, then my dishes, my sink, the bathroom and other areas.
Finally, as I began cleaning one thing after another it seemed everything had under gone a huge transformation in my mind.
So yes, sometimes you need to clear the clutter to get some clarity.
Practice Social Self-Care
Most people when they feel demotivated seek to cut themselves off from everyone around.
But don’t be that person who remains cooped up in a corner.
Instead make all efforts to get out of the house even if it is as simple as taking a stroll.
The fresh air would do wonders for your frayed nerves.
Here are some more helpful tips
Take a vacation:
Sometimes a change of scenery is the only thing you need to overcome a life slump. A nice road trip, a weekend getaway will reduce your stress levels. It also gives you something to look forward to.
Spend Time in Nature:
If you feel low on a particular day try to head outdoors amidst nature for a walk or jog. Various studies shown spending time in natural surrounding lowers the chances of depression and improves 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 party with friends, a lunch date, a goal related to your career or relationships. Any activity that brings a smile on your face is worth doing.
Set a personal goal:
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.
Seek Help by Talking to Someone
If it helps, talk 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 Shy Away from Seeking Professional Help
If you think you need to seek professional help don’t hesitate in seeking it.
In fact if you frequently experience such low periods you must seek help as it might be a serious mental health issue like chronic stress and fatigue or persistent depressive disorder.
Cut out the Negative Voices
Don’t let those negative voices in your head convince you that you incapable of getting out of a tough phase.
Put your self-doubt in the back-burner and concentrate on getting better.
If find yourself engrossed in negative thoughts like, I can never be successful” or “I will never find true love” remember, your mind is like a child it will believe things you say. So nurture it with positive emotions.
Be Patient with Yourself
Be kind and patient with yourself.
There are people who need a bout of inspiration to get over a life slump.
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.
Final Thoughts on Overcoming a Life Slump
The real challenge in getting out of a life slump is actually getting started and making an effort to do something constructive. When you take that little step make sure you congratulate yourself for taking that first step towards better mental health.
Lastly instances of life slump aren’t uncommon so be easy on yourself and don’t feel guilty if you are feeling a bit lost. We are all lost in some ways aren’t we? But that doesn’t mean we’ll never find a way back!
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