I promise I’m not going to turn Gamerwife into “Mariko’s Mental Health Blog” or anything, but those of you who know me IRL may have noticed I’m in a bit of a slump. It happens to all of us at one time or another, and it can be hard to break out of.
True, sometimes you just sort of need to let the slump run its course, but if things don’t return to normal on their own, you’re going to have to take some action. I’ve been working on this a lot lately, and I know I’m not alone, so below are 5 things I’ve found can help to break out of a slump.
1. Embrace RitualWhen just getting out of bed seems like an epic struggle, having something instinctive you can fall back on to get you going can be invaluable. Recently, I’ve started playing a little Candy Crunch on my iPad in the morning before I even get out of bed. Some might see this as the height of casual game addiction, but I find that moving those stupid sweeta around the screen, trying to solve puzzles, actually really helps get my brain into “awake mode.” The fact that the game deliberately locks you out after a certain number of lives also serves as a good transition between relaxing in bed and getting my day started. Other rituals I enjoy: getting to Bloglovin’ zero over a cup of coffee, using my homemade cleansing oil at the end of the night, and watching some YouTube when I get home to break the work cycle.
2. Learn Something NewBy learning something new, I don’t mean you should try to teach yourself a new language in 3 days or something (unless you’re really into that sort of thing, in which case, carry on), but learning is a great way to get your brain out of worry/obsessive mode and focus it on something positive. You can even use this tip to break yourself out of temporary slumps throughout the day by watching an educational video like Sci Show or a TED talk, or listening to an informative podcast, like Stuff You Should Know or Planet Money. Take an online class. Read a self-help book. Try a new recipe. Break your routine.
3. MoveYes, this is in every motivational list ever. But there’s a reason. It works. And don’t think that exercising means you have to start training for a half marathon or sign up at a gym. Even if all you can manage is a mermaid stretch, moving regularly improves circulation, relaxes muscles and helps combat stress.
4. Wear Bright LipstickOkay, I’m aware that this one might not be appropriate for everyone. I’m sure a large chunk of my male readers would prefer to adhere to currently accepted gender norms. That’s fine. But ladies who wear makeup understand the confidence boost you can get from being a little more daring with something superficial. If lipstick isn’t your thing, try wearing a colour you’ve never tried or get a different haircut. If you do wear makeup, check out Vegas Volt by MAC. Sexy and wearable.
5. Stop Comparing Yourself to OthersIn our 24/7, always connected world, it can be incredibly difficult to read someone’s blog, look at their Pins and Like their photos on Facebook without thinking that they seem to have it all figured out while you’re struggling in the muck like an idiot. But, and I know I’m stating the obvious here, but sometimes it needs to be said the internet lies. What you see as someone else’s perfect life is carefully curated to make THEM feel better about themselves. NOT to make you feel worse about you. We all have our strengths, we all have our weaknesses, and we’re all unique little snowflakes. You take care of what you gotta do and let everyone else take care of themselves.
And if all else fails…