You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun.
Un-Slumping yourself is not easily done.
- Dr. Seuss
Ah, Dr. Seuss is one of my faves! If there’s one truth in life (besides death and taxes), it’s that, at some point or another, we all get in a slump. There will be days (or weeks…or months…or seasons…) where you will feel bored, stuck, and just plain unmotivated.
Ironic as it may seem, I find that comfort is one of the biggest reasons we can feel discontented. While a certain level of routine and predictability helps us thrive and retain control, too much routine can leave us bored and uninterested. Things are just too simple and unengaging.
We flourish the most when we are learning and growing. Think of your proudest moments, your most productive days, or your happiest memories. I’m willing to bet that most of them involve a time when you challenged yourself, learned something new, or stepped outside your comfort zone.
Dipping our toes into the uncomfortable leads to discovery and transformation. It also helps us gain a new perspective on our life and the world around us. This can help refresh the mind and spirit and renew enthusiasm.
If you’re in a slump, here are four ways you can get uncomfortable and change your perspective.
It can be so easy to get in a rut where all you see is the world right in front of your face. As humans, we just love naval gazing. But your navel is boring! Look for an opportunity to engage with and serve others. This can be as simple as chatting with a neighbor who might feel lonely or something more structured like regularly volunteering with a local charitable organization.
When was the last time you went on an adventure? Explore something new right in your own backyard – a new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try, a hiking trail you’ve never been to, or a local tourist attraction. This website provides a list of fun and quirky roadside attractions across the country. Nothing like a photo with the world’s largest watermelon slice to improve your mood!
3. Try Something New
Nothing gets you motivated more than the challenge of learning a new skill or picking up a new hobby. Always wanted to learn to play piano? Go for it! Gym has a new paddleboard yoga class? Why not! Pushing your limits is a great way to un-slump yourself.
4. Take a nap
We’ve all heard the term “hangry” for when you are so hungry that it impacts your mood. But sometimes I get “tangry” – so tired that I’m ANGRY! Unplug and relax. Some days all you need is a good nap to recharge your batteries and change your perspective.
When you’re stuck in a rut, a simple change of perspective can really help turn things around. Get curious, try new things, and, for goodness’ sake, give yourself permission to rest once in a while!