12 Sep Day 2 – Dump The Slump
When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
— Dr. Seuss
Yesterday I gave you two things to do to reset your body and day. Now we’re going to dive a bit deeper to help motivate you.
Here are some things to internally clear away the muck.
- Acknowledge It – Denial is not your friend. We all have low points so the first step is to admit that you’re feeling off right now.
- Accept It – You are allowed to feel what you feel without beating yourself up, so accept where you are at this moment. Remind yourself that this will pass (because it will).
- Let It Go – You knew I was going to suggest this eventually! To break free from a rut you have to be willing to let it go with actual solutions.
- Talk About It – You’re not alone! Everyone has been in a similar place so don’t be afraid to talk about what you’re feeling. Call a friend or share what you’re going through in the comments below.
- Avoid the Pity Party – You feel tired, unmotivated. You fell off the health wagon. That’s all OK but don’t dwell on the negative. Don’t look for sympathy or say crappy stuff about yourself (even internally) because that’s not solution oriented.
- Get Positive – One quick way to get out of a rut is to slash everything negative in your day. That means stay away from Debbie Downers, turn off the news, no watching depressing movies or TV shows and for the love of Pete – do not listen to sad songs! Stay away from anything that makes you feel worse.
Spend the next week with everything upbeat from music to friends to funny movies. You need to be lifted up.
7. Gratitude – I know, I know, you’re tired of hearing about practicing gratitude. I’m not going to tell you to write down 5 things you’re grateful for (unless you want to). Instead try to find the silver lining in your current rut. What are you learning from this slump? How is it changing you? How is it helping you? There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
I’m going to share something I discovered from my current state. My ruts are always triggered by food. I was having a fabulous summer. I decided to cut out sugar from my diet completely in late May. It was so difficult but I did it and felt amazing. My brain fog lifted. I was much less irritable, even my skin looked better. I also barely ate gluten. I’m intolerant and it makes me bloated, gassy and grumpy. And when I eat things like breads and pastas (even gluten-free) it makes me want sugar. One triggers the other. It’s something I now have to deal with and decide how I’m going to handle it moving forward.
8. Lend a Helping Hand – Sometimes the best medicine is to take the focus off of yourself and practice a random act of kindness for another. Open the door for a stranger. Give up your seat. Help a neighbor with a task. Lots of times helping someone else out gets you ready to tackle your own stuff.
9. Change It Up – Sometimes all you need to do is change one thing, even small, from your daily routine. It’s like a jolt to your system that can shift you into action. So take a new class, challenge yourself in a new way or go on an electronic detox. Try to spice things up a bit or do the opposite of what you usually do. Shake up that routine!
10. Take Action – Choose one action, even small, that you’re going to do to move you past stuck. Phone a friend, email an old colleague, help someone – anything to make you feel better & more positive.
We’re in this together so share how you’re doing in the comments below. Until tomorrow ~Dawn