Seven Ways Out of a Slump
This morning I didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t want to get out of bed, plan tonight’s meal, go grocery shopping or workout. I didn’t want to not workout, either.
And I CERTAINLY didn’t want to write a post here. I have been avoiding doing that for a while now.
Here’s how I pulled myself out of the slump. If/when you’re in a slump, maybe some of this might help you.
1) I talked to myself. The conversation went something like this:
“What is the bare minimum you can do at the gym today?”
“Walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Don’t expect me to run.”
“Then walking is what you’ll do. Something is better than nothing.”
2) Went outside. Despite the dreary day, the scent of fresh air started to shift my mood.
3) Dragged myself to the gym.
4) Pulled focus. Instead of worrying and projecting fears into the future, I pulled focus into the present and noticed the niceties around me. The pleasing pattern of the bricks on the sidewalk. The flowers near the front door of the fitness place.
5) Engaged. Not feeling happy-wappy, it didn’t come naturally to exchange pleasantries with the guy at the front desk, but I made nice anyway. His smiling face and clear gratitude at being acknowledged circled back and made me feel good at having made him feel good. The course of the day began to change.
6) Plugged into music on my iPod. And not just any music, but songs specifically chosen to inspire and encourage the quest for something better. Two songs that particularly helped today:
“Hey Hey Hey” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
7) Walked while immersing myself in inspiration, not only by listening to songs, but also by reading quotations from people like Richard Branson, Tim Ferris, Cher and Johnny Depp from within this book, which I spotted not too long ago in the front window of a bookstore in my hometown, It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done by Kathryn and Ross Petras.
During the span of about one hour, I kicked my own butt in a kind way, pulled myself from a slump to a start to a sprint (yes, I did end up running… Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song “Can’t Hold Us” never fails to inspire a full-blown blissful sprint), and while doing so came up with this post and about five other fresh ideas about how to serve you within the Possibility Box and The Possibility Book.
Suddenly it was a new day, one of euphoric doing instead of moping and dreading.
I hope you have a better day, too.