I find reasons for my intermittent “slumps” all the time. It’s the weather, I didn’t get enough sleep, my job is giving me anxiety. We’ve all hit the proverbial wall in our lives where you just feel ‘meh.’ Your to-do list is a mile long and not one cell in you is motivated to knock it out.
PSA: It’s okay to feel discontent. And I’ll add to that: it’s not realistic to think you’ll never feel “stuck.” What is not ok, is being content with being discontent, and it’s important to have go-to strategies to get “un-stuck.”
If you’re in a rut, hit the reset button by giving these techniques a try.
1. Take a look at your morning routine.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
I have a major love/hate relationship with the snooze button. I love it for obvious reasons—more time in my comfies snuggled under a pile of blankets. BUT I love it so much that I abuse it. And before I know it, I’ve single-handedly robbed myself of precious hours in my day. I proceed to compensate by being unnecessarily stressed and anxious because “I don’t have enough time” to get anything done.
When I’m feeling in a rut, I re-evaluate how I’m spending my time. Am I spending it well? Am I being the most productive version of myself? Surely all of us can agree that having a productive day brings about a feeling of accomplishment that only makes you want to continue being productive.
Start with your morning routine. Set your alarm back an hour and give yourself some extra “you” time in the morning. Use it to get ahead, get your mind right, and get motivated to tackle the day.
2. Get some fresh air.
“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder
Maybe you didn’t know this-but I work in an operating room. That means: no windows, white walls, and breathtaking views of sterile instruments. The power of some good old-fashioned vitamin D works wonders for me when I’m feeling blah. If you have an office job—or are confined to the cell that is your computer desk—never underestimate the benefits of going outside on your lunch break, or even for 10 spare minutes of your day without your phone. Take some time to appreciate what’s going on outside of your four walls, and appreciate the world around you. Take some long, deep breaths, check-in with your head space and go back inside to tackle your day with a different perspective.
3. Check in with your diet.
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” -Michael Pollan
Maybe it’s just me, but I plead guilty to seeking food when I’m feeling stressed, tired, emotional, overwhelmed, or basically any emotion. Our lives move so fast, and before I know it, I’m drinking 4 coffees a day, diving into a box of Goldfish and eating ice cream out of the carton. We are all well-intentioned with our health. I believe there’s no one reading this that chooses to put unhealthy things in their body. Sometimes all it takes is a quick check-in with yourself. Are you drinking water like you should be? Or are you running on skinny vanilla lattes and protein bars? Hitting the reset button on your diet is a guaranteed way to give you more energy and just make you feel BETTER all the way around.
4. Talk to yourself.
“We are what we believe we are.” -C.S. Lewis
I’m serious. Give yourself some words of encouragement, even if you feel silly doing it. Write it down on a note card and tape it to your dashboard. Find something that makes you feel good and read it as many times as you need to. Here are mine currently:
- I have everything I need.
- I am healthy.
- I believe in my ability to succeed.
There’s science behind this guys. I could write a whole blog just on the benefit of positive affirmations. But in short, they help us not to be consumed by negative thoughts, and they reset your mindset so that you are focusing on the positives.
5. Make a do-able “to-do” list.
“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” – Ron Swanson
I love lists. Deeply. I am an old-fashioned “pen and paper” girl and sometimes I write things down just to cross them off because it makes me feel great. But the other day I made a to-do list with a week’s worth of tasks thinking I’d get it done in a day. At the end of the day I looked at my poor list with a million boxes left unchecked and felt like a flop.
Lesson learned: be serious about your priorities, but be intentional when making your list. How many hours do you have in your day and how long does each task take? Plan your day the night before, but don’t put “build a garden” down (like I did). Be specific in your tasks to tackle, and allow yourself time to carefully complete each task.
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