3 ways to beat the slump
That good ol' slumpy day of the week.
I'm feeling a bit slumpy myself, so let's make something of it!
What is slumpy?
Slumpy is a feeling. A little like an, "I don't want to do anything except maybe throw a temper tantrum" feeling.
Except you don't throw a temper tantrum because you have to "adult".
Fine. I'll be an adult. Ugh.
So here I am, pushing myself to continue the blog process even when feeling slumpy.
Instead of giving up and not writing, or pretending I am feeling great, I am going to be real with you. Maybe there is something I can use here. Maybe something can come from my not-tantrum. So I present to you:
Three magnificent ways to battle the slump! (trumpet fanfare)
1. Eat the frog first.
Credit to Mark Twain who said if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you.
The idea that if you were faced with a frog on your plate, you would eat it first then the rest of the items are easier. Start with the thing you want to do least and get it out of the way. This provides the motivation for moving forward.
Who doesn't like motivation? (probably not the frog).
2. Celebrate the tiny details.
Some days, I throw a mental party for myself for putting my feet over the side of the bed. Such a feat! (or feet even...). I would rather stay in bed. I want be cozy and snuggly and warm. But I am doing the things and being brave and adulting! So Huzzah! More winning!
By breaking up the challenges into micro-feats, we can move from success to success. Yay us! We will talk more about micro-feats in the up-coming entries. It's a favourite topic of mine.
3. Look for a way to help others.
Probably my favourite way to wade through the slump is to look for a way to help someone else. If I'm going to be functioning, then I might as well use it to raise someone up. Looking for a way to help someone else, even if it is just co-suffering or commiserating, helps us move from a place of care rather than a place of tantrum. Sometimes, we just need to exist with someone to help each other along.
Hopefully these items will help you through your slump too.
And remember that I am here for you too!
I want to know, what do you do on slumpy days?
I'd love to hear your thoughts! Comment below or send me an email.
Very much love,
Tea-loving awesomeness. Challenging perfectionism.