If you haven’t been feeling like yourself lately, you’re not alone. Given the COVID-19 crisis and everything that’s resulted from it, many of us have found ourselves in a slump. Maybe your energy levels are out of whack, or you feel sluggish. Slumps can feel like bricks on your back, weighing you down as you try to go throughout your day. Getting out from under this weight can feel impossible — but it’s not. Being patient with yourself is key. And luckily, there are some things you can do to help yourself when you’re down. Here are some ways you can focus on self-care to get out of a slump.
Give Yourself A Break
Acceptance is essential to overcoming a slump — the more you fight the blues, the worse you’ll likely feel due to frustration. When you’re overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to stop what you’re doing and give yourself a break. Take a walk, go outside or sneak into another room where you can be alone for a few minutes. You won’t be very productive if you’re in a slump, so self-care needs to be a priority at this time. Take a moment for yourself to slow down and collect your thoughts.
No matter where you are, or what’s going on, you can center your mind by focusing on your breath. Simple breathing exercises can calm your nervous system during times of heightened stress. But you should know, breathe work isn’t just for moments of panic — it’s important to breathe correctly at all times for optimum health. Here are some breathing exercises to get you started. We recommend the “breathing break” exercise for beginners. Over the long term, incorporating breath work into your life may help you feel better mentally and physically, which will help you get out of a slump.
Write It Out
When things are chaotic inside your head, writing can help you make sense of the confusion. Getting your thoughts outside of your head and onto paper may allow you see things more objectively instead of reacting to your emotional state. If you’re in a slump, try journaling a little every day, and don’t overthink what you’re writing. Use this as a tool to express yourself, and you may find some relief in the process.
Another way you can use writing to get out of a slump is to jot down your daily schedule and goals each morning. Structure goes a long way when you’re feeling down, and sticking to a schedule can help you get back on track.
Move Your Body
When you’re in a slump, the last thing you may want to do is work out. But if you can get yourself to do it, there’s a good chance that it’ll help you feel better. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain, which can help put you in a better mood. If you can’t force yourself to go for a run, try some light exercise instead. Yoga is a great option, as are these basic cardio moves you can do in your apartment.
Learn Something New
Learning new things can bring joy to your life in unexpected ways. To get out of a slump, embark on a journey to learn a new skill. Something as simple as embroidery or painting will get your creative juices flowing while lowering stress levels and promoting a better overall sense of wellbeing.
Everything in our body is connected, so what you eat can have a big impact on your mood. When you’re feeling down, you may want to binge on comfort food. But focusing on healthier meals instead may help you feel better both physically and mentally. Try some of these healthy meal-prep recipes if you need some eating inspiration.
While these tactics can help, talking to a confidant is one of the best ways to get out of a slump. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a friend, family member or professional when you need someone to talk to about your struggles.