A Handy Little Guide on How to Get Out of a Mental Slump

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Perhaps there are only a few things worse than suffering from a mental slump. Whether you have a writer’s block or you’re generally unproductive at work and home, a mental slump is the devil. It eats you up inside. And before you know it, you’re spiraling into anxiety and depression. Even the most mentally strong and cheerful people suffer from a mental slump. It’s part of this merry-go-round life we’re living in. We experience a sudden decline in productivity and general unhappiness because we have been too exhausted.

Take time out for yourself. Get that permanent makeup you’ve been putting off for a while. Attend a yoga session. Train for a marathon with a friend, or simply run in the park every morning. The reason most mental slumps happen is not that you hate your job or your relationships. It’s because you haven’t taken time for yourself. You have been putting off social gatherings. Your mind is always occupied with work that you don’t even recognize your health is declining.

Accepting the Problem

Many people are guilty of neglecting themselves. You are, too. Admit it. People push themselves to get everything done. They say they don’t need a vacation because they are passionate about their work. They don’t want to miss anything. But if you experienced a slump, the only way to get out of it is to accept that this attitude has become a problem. You have put yourself in an impossible situation.

Take a breather. Recognize that working 12 hours a day until the weekend is not the way to live a good life. Embrace that you are in this situation because you might not be taking care of yourself well.

Do Something for Yourself

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What it is that you want but never found the time for? Perhaps, you want to learn to dance at this age? Go for it. Do you want to learn how to cook Asian dishes? Make time for it. The reason it’s been hard to get out of this mental slump is that you don’t let your mind rest. Allow it to not think about the problem at work. Go out there and do something that you will enjoy.

Reach Out

When was the last time you’ve seen your friends and family? Call them and schedule a dinner. People are naturally social beings. Not having anyone in your life is a no-no if you want to be happy and cheerful. You can choose the people you want in your life, yes. However, that means you have to make an effort to be in their lives, too. Talk to them. Sharing with friends and family is the most powerful way to realize you are not alone. Someone cares about you, after all.

Everyone suffers from a slump from time to time. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t even hate yourself for it. Take the time off. There’s nothing worse than solving this slump with more work commitments. You need a break. Take that break and come back stronger than before.

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