I’m in a slump. Urban Dictionary (such a reputable source) defines a slump as “a period of time during which a person goes without an object or action”, which directly correlates to how I’m feeling right now. I’ve been feeling extremely unmotivated lately, and I haven’t really been able to figure out why. There has been so much going, so I know I’m not bored, and possibly it’s the other end of the spectrum; I have too much going on so I just don’t what to do first. To be completely honest, I think it’s a horrible combination of both, and I’m basically just here, struggling.

I’ve been going in and out of the slumps over the past couple months. Because of this, it’s taken a lot of trial and error to find ways to help myself. As of now, I think I’ve figured out a few things that have helped pull myself out of these slumps. Granted, they don’t always work, or some work better than others, but generally I’ve found these actions useful.

Change Location
I find that changing location has an immediate effect on how I feel. I live in the dorms of my college, but not only do I live in the dorm building, I also live within the entirety of the dorm complex that holds seven other dorm buildings. We (not so) affectionately refer to the complex as the compound, because we are gated off from the rest of city and it kind of feels like a really pretty prison. It’s by no means a bad place to live, it’s just quite hard to get outside interaction without leaving the compound, and the compound itself has a sort of vortex effect. It’s kind of like you want to leave, but you don’t, and I really can’t explain why. When I notice myself feeling stuck and I am indeed at home in my dorm, I immediately leave the compound, go for a walk, and find a new place to do work or just relax.

Make A To Do List
I am an avid list maker. It’s pretty much the only way I can ever get anything done, which I know is bad, but it’s the truth. For the longest time, I used notebooks and lined paper pads to make my lists, but a few months ago, I found the app Wunderlist. This app has exponentially changed my life. It’s basically a note making/to do list app that allows you to create and personalize your lists in a way that is most helpful to you. I have a to do list for every day, a list for groceries, a wish list, a list for blog work, a list for school work, and a list for traveling. The daily lists, which I use most often, are extremely helpful because I can easily plan out to do lists for an entire week, and as I accomplish things, I tick the box and they vanish from my screen. It’s an extremely satisfying feeling that makes me feel like I’m actually doing more then I usually am.

This is an option I turn to when I feeling in a slump about myself, more so than the work I’m doing. Sometimes my hair just looks wrong, I don’t like my face, or my body looks weird. Whatever it is, I turn to pampering when I’m feeling off. I never really do a lot, I’ve never been to a spa and I’ve only had a massage once, but I’ve found that the smaller acts are actually more powerful (and cheaper). I paint my nails, use a face mask, or maybe take an extra long shower — apologies to my roommates. I may take a bit longer to do my makeup, or spend a bit of time actually doing my hair. It’s the slightly “superficial” acts that do wonders for self confidence and act as great pick me ups.

Retail Therapy
Naughty, naughty, I know. But hey, it’a cliche for a reason, it works. I reserve this option for when I’m feeling really bad, simply because I’ve got a shopping addiction that I’m trying to kick right now. It’s not going that well, but that’s besides the point. I find shopping extremely therapeutic, and as a lover of clothing, getting new pieces that I can add to my wardrobe and play around with, really excites me.  I’ve recently been gravitating towards the ASOS website, I think they’ve been prodding some really lovely items and their sales have been pretty decent! I’m looking forward to a package that should be coming in the next few weeks!

Deep Clean
Another cliche, but “a tidy space, a tidy mind” has been a something I’ve found very helpful throughout these slump-filled months. I feel so much better once I actually tidy all my clothes away, clean my desk and do the dishes. Taking it to the next step, I may clean my makeup brushes (need to do that), maybe clean the bathroom and the living room. Being in a room that smells good, is fresh and just doesn’t feel nasty –anyone who has lived in dorms can vouch for the nastiness– is an actual godsend. It brings about the same feeling as spring cleaning, but it can happen at any time of the year. I like to think of it as cleaning out the slump, and bringing in the new motivation.

While I did mention before that not all of these actions work all the time, not do they work for everyone, I do recommend that if you’re going through a slump right now, try one of these out! Maybe they won’t work for you, but maybe they’ll help you find something that does!

How do you get out of a slump! 


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