The past few days have been a little difficult for me. Nothing serious, I just recently found myself in a bit of a slump. I’ve been feeling demotivated, ridiculously lazy and just as though I had lost the will to do – well, anything really. I realise that going through phases like these every now and then is actually a really normal, human thing, but it’s something I haven’t experienced in quite a long while, which left me pretty lost in how to deal with it.
My initial reaction was to get back into a healthy routine. To do the things that the internet (and your mother) would tell you to do. Eat healthy, energising foods, work out, take walks, wake up early, be productive, you know, that type of stuff. It’s what may seem to make sense, but a walk-it-off sort of approach to this awful, even crippling feeling? That wasn’t gonna happen.
Don’t get me wrong, doing these things IS important, and they are absolutely the way to get yourself out of a down time like I’ve been having, but I realise now that sometimes you just need to take a day. Perhaps even two. Just a moment to step back, acknowledge that maybe stuff isn’t going too well for you right now, and that that’s okay.
Stay in your pyjamas all day long. Cry and mope a bit if you need to. Binge watch an entire season of whatever series you’re loving right now. Eat junk food and consume way too much caffeine. If you feel the need to cut yourself off socially for a short while, along with whatever self-indulging, wallowing activity you choose, do so. Let yourself enjoy (I mean not really enjoy, but you get the gist of it) just a brief moment of being not-okay.
And then you start trying. You give yourself the Mom Talk, tell yourself to pull yourself together, put on your big boy pants and start moving, even if it’s in small steps. Take a shower, eat an apple, hang out with a friend. Put in a real effort into leading a healthier lifestyle, and make sure you’re keeping yourself busy.That way, you end up not really having the time to lie about, get lazy and overthink things.
Always remember that we are merely human. We all have bad days, bad weeks, bad times in general. There’s nothing wrong with you, and with a little bit of hard work and time, you can get out of it.
Side Note: I wrote the majority of this post about a month back, and I’ve since recovered from my slump and gotten back into the swing of life. I was also planning on doing this about once a month (the writing, not the moping), yet this is the first post I’ve made since January. I’m pretty annoyed with myself but I struggle with thinking up things to write about. If anyone has any ideas for me, let me know – I know my Twitter peeps will read this. I’m so lame.
I still don’t know how to end off a blog post.