You know when you’re sick? And then everything seems a bit wrong? And before you know it you’re in the midst of a full-blown slump?
When your defences are down, and you’re lacking in energy, the finely-tuned machine that is your life can chug, maniacally off the rails. You become a wild-eyed, anxious, Catweazle-meets-Fat-Controller-hybrid.
Things that you normally deal with aplomb are now Problems (with a capital P.) Things that make you laugh now make you roll your eyes or hyperventilate. Tasks that seemed easy now require lifting yourself out of a FUG with much effort and some random groaning noises and creaks. Ugh. Slump-attack.
It’s okay, though. There are ways to get out of this slump. Simples strategies to lift things a little and let the sun shine through. Let’s get started.
First: Don’t go too deep. Don’t get sucked into the whirlpool of slumpyness. That’s no good for anyone.
Then: Use one of the following strategies to short-circuit potential darker disaster. You are welcome.
- Have a rest – with a blanket and pillow and the like
- Take a bath – some like it hot, some like it bubbly
- Take a gentle walk – the trees can help you
- Write it out – just take pen to paper or fingers to keys and go nuts. It doesn’t have to make sense
- Make a delicious snack – or get someone to make it for you? Soup? Cake? Roast potatoes?
- Watch something funny – maybe something with Bill Murray?
- Watch something sad and get it all out – maybe something with Julia Roberts?
- Clear your schedule – if you can – you deserve a break to help the slump pass
- Read a book – Little Women or Anne of Green Gables work for me
- Buy a rocking chair (I did this today and it cheered me up no end. It might work for you too.)
- Smell something nice – perfume that reminds you of your Mum, fresh flowers, lavender, Dettol (this works for me. I am strange.) It will calm you
- Meditate. I am bad at this but even I can do it if I use the Smiling Mind app
- Do some stretches – get things moving – some gentle yoga even?
- Cook something from your childhood – cheese on toast? tuna casserole?
- Find a big view to look at. Honestly. It really helps. Your slump will seem less huge when you look at something marvellous and big
- Phone a friend. Ring someone up for a chat. It’s nice to do that instead of talking online.
- Do something nice for someone else – send a thank you card, send a fan email, send a care package
- Gather yourself a care package – go to the shops and buy some special treats just for YOU.
- Start a project – crafty or garden-like or interior-ish. Work on something that makes your progress more tangible.
- Find someone to pat or hug. Make sure they are consensual, of course. Especially if it’s a cat because you don’t want to make a cat do stuff. They get scratchy.
I hope this helped. It’s helped me A LOT just to talk about it.
Also – remember what my Great-Grandfather says…
Find time for yourself.
Feel it no shame at proper periods to be doing nothing.
Make seasons for leisure and for recreation.
Climb the hills; scour the valleys; row on the river; stroll along the beach.
Cultivate the friendship of the fields and the ferns and the flowers.
Laugh with the young folk and romp with little children.
Be at your ease.
Let the mind swing into an easy balance, a natural poise, an attitude of perfect repose.
The restless soul, eternally doing something, never accomplishes anything.
It is the person who can sometimes be at rest who produces the finest work in the long run.
Find time for yourself!