We all get these days where we struggle to appreciate what we have and to find motivation. It doesn’t really matter what you call them: lows, slumps, holes, downs, it’s all kind of the same thing. You don’t have motivation and all you want to do is hide from human interaction and to do nothing at all. A lot of times this happens when you’re stressed or, as life has the tendency to do, everything simply goes wrong for a period of time and you are just done and can’t be bothered with it anymore. Days when everything you try to do seems to go wrong. Days when you just want to go into hiding and not do anything at all
Today I want to share my tips in overcoming these slumps.
- Listen to music that makes you feel good about yourself and life
My top five songs for that at the moment are ‘The Good, The Bad and The Dirty’ by Panic! At the Disco, ‘Stressed Out’ by Twenty One Pilots, ‘Unstoppable’ by Sia, ‘This Means War’ by Marianas Trench and ‘Girls Talk Boys’ by 5 Seconds of Summer.
- Watch something or read something that gives you the chance to detach from reality for a while
For me it’s watching ‘Reign’ and book wise I have been absorbed again by ‘Harry Potter’ because what better way is there to escape reality than to imagine being in Hogwarts.
- Go out and do something with friends
This might be the last thing you want to do as it includes socialising, getting dressed and leaving your room, but trust me the distraction by other people is actually a really good way to get your mind off being down and low. It doesn’t need to be much, maybe just watching a film with someone, grabbing some food or simply going for a coffee to give your brain a break from overthinking.
- Make food that you love
When I am down I lose my appetite and it sucks so no matter how bad I feel I still try to make food that will improve my mood, so for example pancakes usually help me because pancakes literally are my life. It doesn’t matter what kind and I am becoming the champion at whipping up pancakes even if I only have half of the ingredients at home.
- Remind yourself of all the good things in your life
For me those are things that are like reminding me that I am lucky to have incredible friends that will be there for me no matter what, that I can be at uni studying what I want, that I get to study in the country of my choosing, stuff like that.
- Remind yourself that these slumps will pass and that it’ll be better again
No matter how bad things may seem at that point in time, I promise it will look up again! There will always be days where it hits you and the negativity wins, but it won’t stay forever like that, there will be good things happening to you soon enough and in the end you’ll get stronger from the hardship (yes I know it’s cliché but it is true).
The most important thing is that you try to not take it over your life and you fight your way through. If you struggle to get through you should try talking to a friend about it or if it gets really bad, try to contact a counsellor or doctor!
What about you? Do you have any tips or tricks that get you through hard times and slumps? Leave a comment below.