6 Tips For Getting Out Of a Slump & Staying Out Of It

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Slumps are an all-known phenomenon. They may last a day, but sometimes you’re stuck in one and have trouble getting out of it. Getting in a slump can cause major consequences for your life, especially when you can’t find a way out of them and they occur regularly.

I’m no stranger to slumps myself. Therefore I created this post to share some tips on how to get out of a slump, but also on staying out of that slump.

1. Be Inspired

Slumps are often not limited to work productivity or important tasks. They also include the everyday parts of life. They make you feel like everything is boring and nothing is exciting.

Instead of spending your days watching useless shows and wasting your time on entertaining videos that add nothing to your life, try to focus on your dreams and wishes.

“Keep your dreams and goals in mind.”

Search for information about the things that normally excite you and inspire you. What are your life goals, and how can you get there? Look for information and before you know it, you’ll be doing research and break that slump apart.

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2. Make a Schedule

This is an important point. Assign yourself tasks for the day, and write them down so they are visible. Don’t write down a gigantic list full of tasks, but start with 3 easier to-dos for the day.

Going into the day without a plan only encourages the slump and makes you feel like you don’t know where to begin. You end up spending your day doing nothing and feel even worse at the end of the day when you realize your little achievements.

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3. Take Care of Yourself

Although you might be in a slump and spend your day(s) not achieving anything, it’s important to not slack on yourself.

“Get up and get started.”

Make yourself a good breakfast, dress up for the day, spend some time making a healthy dinner, and stick to your night routine.

You’ll notice the difference in how you feel, and it gives that motivation that eventually breaks your slump.

When your daily life completely derails, it’s easy to get into a downwards spiral that’s more difficult to get out of.

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4. Have a Routine

Have a daily routine, where you have a set morning routine and evening routine. Having a routine keeps your brain in a programmed state.

“Stick to a set routine.”

When you start every day being productive after you’ve had breakfast, sitting at your desk at the same time every day, your brain will associate that routine and order of activities with productivity. Once you sit behind your desk, you’re more likely to get some work done.

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5. Get Out

Take a walk. Spend some time outside and breath in some fresh air. Being outside makes a major difference in your mental wellbeing.

Take your time outside to reflect and let your thoughts free. A walk often brings inspiration and ease to the mind.

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6. Don’t Worry

A slump often causes stress. There’s so much to be done, but it’s not happening.

Don’t stress yourself out because you are in a slump. This only makes it worse and you end up demotivating yourself.

Everyone has worse days. There is no person that is 100% productive and positive every day of their life.

Try meditating or reading. Something to calm the mind down and steer your thoughts away.

Check out: Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance by Emily Fletcher

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