5.20.2015

How To Get Out of a Slump

There are so many different types of slumps that can be easy to fall into. Personally I go through reading, writing, blogging, school, workout, and creative slumps. Everyone will have different types of slumps, but I have found there is one main thing I can do that gets me out of my slumps.



The key thing is remembering why you loved whatever it was in the first place. This is if whatever you are doing it by choice. For me, I remember why I love blogging and creating things such as DIYs and painting. Then I look for motivation to get me back on track. If I think of a blog post that really excites me, before I know it I will have written 3 new posts! Or if I find a DIY I am just dying to try, I will try it! 

For reading, I will go through periods where I read like crazy, then something happens and I stop for months. Usually it is because I don't know what to read next, I don't have a book available, or I just lack time. To get back into reading I checkout lists that people recommend and pick out one to try. Once I get into a book, I rarely put it down, but sometimes finding that initial push to begin is the hardest part. 

Now if you are in a workout or school slump where you just have no motivation to do any work or schoolwork, and the last thing you want to do is workout, then remembering why you loved it in the first place might not help. But forcing yourself to just get it done usually helps.

For school, I make a list of what I have to do and then sit down and tackle it. Nothing feels better than crossing things off that list, and while it can be painful at the time, I will be so glad later when it is already done!

For working out, find motivation. Watch a Youtube video to find a new routine, or maybe even buy a new workout outfit to inspire you. Then just go get it done. If you tell yourself you are going to workout as soon as you get home the next day, then go do it! 

If the reason you aren't doing the things you need or want to do is because you don't have time, then it is time to evaluate how you spend your time. Personally, when I got home from school I used to spend 30 minutes to an hour watching TV to relax after the day. Then I realized that I could be reading for 30 minutes and working out for 30 minutes instead to wind down.  Personally I enjoy feeling productive, so when I realized that I could be getting those things out of the way right away, I decided that was what I needed to do. Maybe you can cut back on watching TV or other things that you don't really need to be doing.

How do you find motivation to get back into things you love or things you have to do? Share in the comments!

xo, Scarlett

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