We all fall into slumps from time to time, and end up suffering the unfortunate experience of feeling unmoored from our primary source of meaning in life. There are basically just times when things suck, and when we don’t feel at all able to live our best lives, identify and pursue our dreams, and get the most out of each day.
Generally, these kinds of slumps should be addressed through various methods that occur simultaneously at various levels. You might, for example, choose to dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to a fitness routine on the one hand, while also pursuing a policy or organising your home, attending to underlying health problems, and speaking to people you care about.
It is also possible in many cases, however, to make significant headway in pulling yourself out of a slump in a hurry, by applying certain powerful key actions and habits.
Here are a few suggestions of things you can do to pull yourself out of a slump, which might well have a significant impact.
Take steps to revamp your personal style
The way we dress and present ourselves doesn’t just tell other people something about us; it also tells us something about ourselves.
If you throw on the same haphazard and unflattering outfit each day, you send a certain message to your subconscious mind, that you are not really worth the attention and care that goes into careful and serious self-care. It may seem like a small thing, but simply failing to maintain your own presentation to a high standard can rob you of your confidence and self-belief, and put you on a self-destructive track — or, at least, make it harder for you to escape from one.
If you’re in a rut and feeling down, force yourself to take steps to revamp your style, and ideally, make it something of a treat. Enjoy a luxury hair spa, for example.
Do some journaling
Our own minds are often extremely chaotic, and are, at the same time, often a serious mystery to us in some sense. We have a vague idea of the things that are bringing us down, and the things which are preoccupying our attention, and also the things that want.
Until you formulate your thoughts articulately, though, you’re pretty much powerless to positively influence them.
Journaling has been shown by researchers to be an immensely powerful technique for experiencing emotional catharsis and for getting an understanding of your own thought processes. And the physical act of writing on paper seems to be of particular importance, here.
Apparently, writing things down engages the mind in deep ways which are not replicated by the act of typing things out.
Make an action plan for your life and use it to create a daily schedule
When you’re in a slump in life, you’re also often somewhat hopeless, and lost. You likely don’t have a clear vision of what goals you want to pursue into the future, or in any case, you don’t feel strongly driven by that goal.
Sitting down and writing out an action plan for your life is easily one of the most powerful things you can do in terms of getting yourself out of a rut. You need to be judicious, and come up with goals that really inspire you. Then you need to use those goals as the basis to create a daily schedule. And then you have to stick to that daily schedule.
Making a plan and taking action — even if your plan is flawed and your actions are small — is essential in getting your life back on track.